Educators use latest mobile devices to collect and enter data during classroom observations
SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teachscape, the leader in delivering web-based professional learning content, innovative technologies, and expert services to improve teaching practice, has added the Android line of devices to the list of mobile operating systems and devices compatible with the Classroom Walkthrough (CWT) technology. Using these devices, principals and other instructional leaders can easily gather observational data about classroom practices and upload this data to Teachscape's secure server for reporting and analysis.
"Teachscape CWT offers a powerful tool to help instructional leaders promote, support and sustain data-informed instructional improvement and higher student achievement," said Inna Fedoseyeva, director of product management at Teachscape. "Expanding the number of mobile devices that instructional leaders can use to collect observation data during classroom walkthroughs enables us to provide more comprehensive support for our users."
After classroom data is entered into a handheld device, the results of the walkthrough are uploaded via a wireless or cellular connection to the Teachscape website. Users then log onto the Teachscape website to view the uploaded entries and generate powerful reports on the aggregated data to assist in identifying trends and patterns in teaching and learning.
The CWT data collection application is typically implemented as part of the Classroom Walkthrough process which uses the walkthrough data to engage instructional leaders and teachers in reflective learning communities focused on adjusting instruction to meet student needs.
In addition to supporting the Android line of devices, Teachscape CWT technology is also compatible with BlackBerry, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Palm, and Windows Mobile devices.
CWT was recently named a recipient of the 2010 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence. For more information on Classroom Walkthrough and Teachscape's complete collection of professional development offerings, visit www.teachscape.com.
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 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Charlotte Danielson to help shape its vision, its products, and its strategies. For more information on Teachscape's professional development products and services, visit Teachscape at http://www.teachscape.com.