Mini Tablet Kit for iPads Expands Teachscape's Video-based Professional Development Offerings
New kit supports all tablet devices and takes advantage of latest technologies used in schools to help educators easily capture and share classroom video
SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To provide educators in school districts and in colleges of teacher education with more ways to use classroom video for professional learning, Teachscape, the leader in delivering Web-based professional learning content, innovative technologies, and expert services to improve teaching practice, has created the Teachscape Mini Tablet Kit. When used with Teachscape Reflect Video, online software to guide reflective learning and strengthen teaching practice, the Mini Tablet Kit for iPads further reinforces Teachscape's leadership role in using video to promote and support professional learning.
Teachscape, a pioneer in using authentic classroom video for professional development, has been rapidly expanding its video offerings in response to demand from educators. Last year, Teachscape introduced panoramic video into the classroom through its Lucy Panoramic Camera Kit and its Teachscape Reflect software. "Now, with our new Mini Tablet Kit for iPads, along with our Mini Camera Kit for mobile devices, our customers have more options to capture classroom video and use Teachscape Reflect Video software to meet their diverse professional learning and teacher evaluations needs," said Jonathan Stowe, chief operating officer of Teachscape.
The Mini Tablet Kit contains a sturdy and compact tablet stand that can be used with iPads and other tablet models; a professional grade, self-powered microphone; a detachable wide-angle lens; and a lightweight carrying case. The tablet stand features a mount that can be angled for optimum video capture and allows the tablet to be easily rotated and detached to take photos of classroom artifacts. The powerful microphone records teacher and student comments and reduces background noise. The lens increases the viewing angle by 49% to capture more of what's happening in the classroom.
To serve an expanding set of educator needs, Teachscape offers several camera options to capture classroom video. The Mini Camera Kit for iPods allows educators to record small-group work, individualized learning community meetings and PLCs, and the Lucy Panoramic Camera Kit captures 360-degree panoramic videos of classroom teaching. Educators can use the video from any of these capturing options with Reflect Video for individualized reflection, effective peer-to-peer collaboration, coaching, lesson studies, sharing of best practices, clinical teacher preparation and more.
To learn more about the Mini Tablet Kit and Teachscape Reflect Video, visit http://www.teachscape.com/products/reflect-video.
Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content and expert services to develop great teachers. From its classroom observation training and technology to its powerful web-based content delivery platform, Teachscape's award-winning products and services have been inspired by its dedication to sparking transformative change in teaching practice. Since 1999, Teachscape has worked with schools and school districts, charter networks, archdioceses, universities and state education departments to measurably and continuously improve the effectiveness of educators to produce gains in student achievement. Teachscape's partners include Charlotte Danielson, ETS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to help shape its vision, its products, and its strategies. To learn more about Teachscape and its complete collection of professional development offerings, go to http://www.teachscape.com.