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eBackpack

By Sally Finley - Posted Mar 1, 2014
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Company: eBackpack, Inc. 2931 Ridge Road, Suite 101-109, Rockwall, TX 75032; (214) 461-0073; fax: (888) 739-9879; email: questions@eBackpack.com; website: ebackpack.com.

Price: A free, 14-day trial is available for educators to experience all features of the Teacher Plan. Pricing information is available by contacting eBackpack at (214) 461-0073.

Audience: K–12 educators and administrators

Format: eBackpack is web-based and requires an internet-connected device. It integrates with Google Apps for Education and Dropbox.

System Requirements: An internet browser is required. Storage space varies from 3GB to unlimited depending on the selected product. The teacher plan includes a max file upload size of 20MB. Schools and districts can select plans from 20MB to 2GB.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Description: Using the app or website, eBackpack enables the educator to create assignments and then view and grade completed assignments online. Notes and annotations can be made on top of the document and then returned to students. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: A member area requires a login username and password for access. eBackpack integrates with numerous student information systems. Installation: A

Content/Features: eBackpack offers secure personal file storage for students, teachers, and administrators. A personal learning record is available through e-Portfolios. Teachers can share and distribute assignments and class materials using a tablet, smartphone, or computer.

Assignment capabilities include drop boxes, online file viewing, reviews, discussions, assessment, and grading. Classes, departments, clubs, and groups share space, and parents have access to their child’s work.

Controls and reporting are extensive and customizable allowing private, controlled messaging between students and teachers/staff. Enhancement Modules enhance the experiences of eBackpack and include Mobile, PC/Mac Integration, LDAP/AD Password Validation, and SIS Integration and Automation.

Professional Development and Training supplement the standard support system through web-based remote training sessions or on-premise training. The four types of support include Administrative Training, Core Service Train the Trainer, Core Service End User Staff, and iPad Training. 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 to no user management. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is available through a knowledgebase of answers to common questions, submitting a ticket for assistance, examining the history of each ticket, a Quick Start Guide, Status Reports, Video Tutorials, and Facebook comments. The support site is support.eBackpack
.com; the email address is support@eBack
pack.com. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Taking control of the classroom has never been easier now that eBackpack can help the teacher pass out assignments, collect student work, and grade and review homework. eBackpack offers the flexibility of using any device, anytime and anywhere. Using a tablet, smartphone, or computer, the student can collaborate and discuss assignments in a secure environment. Teacher feedback makes it easy to revise and then resubmit work. Once a file is uploaded into eBackpack, it is ready for use. Organization of files is easy with folders based on user categories.

eBackpack automatically sets up user accounts and folders for each class using information from the current student information system.

I especially liked the e-Portfolio feature, which offers a student collection of electronic evidence that is assembled and managed by the user. The e-Portfolio provides historical documentation of achievements, recognitions, personal works, and digital copy. Parents will like having the ability to review student work and progress.

Using eBackpack is easy and secure, and students can access their work anytime. There is no more losing work by either student or teacher. eBackpack is a great way to stay organized, and it is a great time-saver for teachers. 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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