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eBackpack

By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2017
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Company: eBackpack, Inc., 2931 Ridge Road, Suite 101–109, Rockwall, TX 75032; phone: 214-461-0073; fax: 888-739-9879; email: questions@eBackpack.com; ebackpack.com

Price: $39 a year for 50 or fewer students; $99 for less than 200 students. A free 14-day trial is available for educators. Additional pricing information is available by contacting eBackpack at 214-461-0073.

Audience: K–12 educators, students, administrators, and parents

Format: eBackpack is web-based.

System Requirements: eBackpack requires internet access and can be used on any computer or mobile device.

Description: eBackpack is a management system that assigns, annotates, collects, and grades assignments and assessments. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A

Content/

Features:

A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A+

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: A sign-on is required. eBackpack is available 24/7 over the internet. Installation: A

Content/Features: Classes and rosters can be organized by the teacher or created automatically through integration of student information systems.

A Mark-It tool enables annotation using a mouse, finger, or stylus to write, highlight, draw, drop in stamps, and leave voice content.

Assignments, Assessments, and Discussions provide teachers with a tool to create assignments and assessments, add files, and pull in content from third-party sources. Teachers control the category for content and can enable visibility controls to select which students can access and view an assignment.

Standards Alignment provides a tool for tracking progress by tagging assignments and assessments with appropriate state standards.

Teacher Pages are automatically built using the teacher and class profile. Information to the community can be shared through handbooks, school policies, news, information, alerts, and permission slips.

Parent features are controlled by the district. Parents can view student upcoming and missed assignments, grades, and feedback. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Students can use any tablet, iPad, or computer with internet access at school or home. With its automatic setup, the program requires little user management. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is available through FAQs and videos. Training can be delivered remotely or as on-premise training. Users can subscribe for eBackpack Updates online.

There are four types of training, including these: Administrative Training focusing on data import of users and classes, data modification, virus management, reporting, and style configuration. Core Service provides support for those who will teach others to use eBackpack. iPad Training is used in conjunction with other training or as a standalone and is most beneficial after users have had time to experience the basic features. Product Support Rating: A+

Recommendation: eBackpack has been recently updated in 2017 with a new interface offering an innovation product that is easy for students, teachers, staff, administration, and parents to use. A strong feature is the ability to integrate it into current student information systems. eBackpack returns valuable teaching time to the teacher through its preloaded state and academic standards.

The Mark-It tool for annotation is an excellent feature not only for teachers to evaluate student work, but for students to highlight and make notes to save for study.

Teachers can distribute assignments using a tablet, smartphone, or computer. Students complete their work in eBackpack or other programs. They are able to collaborate and discuss materials in a secure environment. No papers are exchanged. Feedback through annotations, comments, and grades is provided, and, if necessary, changes can be made. Students enter assignments in homework drop boxes while participating in online file viewing, discussions, review, assessment, and grading.

This newly updated product provides excellent technology integration in the classroom through a home/school connection. I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a way to manage your classroom learning in an engaging and easy-to-use environment. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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