New Teachscape iPad App Simplifies Classroom Observations and Eliminates Need for Internet Access
Reflect Live application for iPad devices provides more versatility to classroom observers
SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting today, classroom observers can more easily conduct classroom observations in schools that are lacking stable Internet connectivity. Teachscape, the leader in delivering online professional learning content, innovative tools, and expert services to improve teaching practice, has developed an iPad application for its Teachscape Reflect Live classroom observation management and reporting system software. The application allows observers to quickly and accurately collect classroom evidence in an offline environment and then upload that data when a Wi-Fi connection is available.
"With the increased demand for classroom observations and teacher evaluations, observers need a simple tool that supports efficient observations," said Jonathan Stowe, chief operating officer of Teachscape. "This app exploits the power of the iPad by allowing for its use in environments where connectivity is not always available."
Teachscape's new Reflect Live application for iPad devices features a simple user interface that makes it easy to start a new observation and upload the classroom observation data securely to the Teachscape Reflect Live system. Once the data has been uploaded, classroom observers can align the data with an instructional framework, and then score and review the lesson with the observed teacher. Teachscape Reflect Live comes pre-loaded with Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, however districts have the flexibility of loading any instructional rubric, as well as pre- and post-observation forms.
The app also takes advantage of the dictation feature included in the new iPad introduced earlier this month. Principals can dictate evidence into an observation without using the keyboard.
The Teachscape Reflect Live application is available at no additional cost to Teachscape Reflect Live users. To download the app from your iPad, go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reflect-live/id505717115?mt=8. To learn more about Teachscape Reflect Live, go to http://www.teachscape.com/products/reflect-live.
Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content and expert services to develop great teachers. From its Classroom Walkthrough technology, to its powerful web-based content delivery platform, to its online masters programs, 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 teachers and instructional leaders to produce gains in student achievement. Teachscape's partners include Charlotte Danielson, ETS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Kogeto 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.