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Teachscape Professional Learning Suite

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Sep 1, 2012
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Company: Teachscape, Inc., 71 Stevenson St., Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, (877) 98TEACH or (877) 988-3224, www.teachscape.com, email info@teachscape.com

Price: Teachscape’s Professional Learning Suite is a subscription web-based service priced on a per-site basis. Contact Teachscape to get the cost of using Professional Learning Suite in specific situations.

Audience: Professional Learning Suite was developed for K–12 teachers and administrators. The Professional Learning Suite is priced on a per-site basis.

Format: The Teachscape Professional Learning Suite is a web-based subscription service. It combines video and text resources with graphic, communication, and collaboration tools to provide the structure and resources necessary for online professional development.

System Requirements: This works on Windows or Mac platforms with Windows XP SP3 (or above), OS 10.5 (or above), and all major web browsers. Check for needed browser settings and plug-ins. As it is internet-based, it will work with most computers, but it works best with faster, newer machines and internet connections.

Description: Teachscape’s Professional Learning Suite facilitates teacher training with access to a large number of easy-to-use, research-based online multimedia content libraries. These video and print libraries help teachers and instructional leaders deepen their understanding of academic content while developing effective strategies for improving teaching and learning.

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Essentially, this involves being sure computers have needed settings and plug-ins, subscribing, and setting up teacher access. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Teachscape Professional Learning Suite provides accessible, easy-to-use, online professional development resources with online multimedia and print content libraries. Collections are aimed at understanding academic content and developing effective teaching and learning strategies.

In total, it has more than 10,000 individual learning resources with more than 2,500 videos featuring more than 100 experts providing detailed commentary and analysis. Eight resource libraries comprising multiple learning modules cover the topics, which include Effective Instructional Strategies, New Teacher Support, Data-Driven Instruction, English Language Learners, Mathematics, Literacy, Elementary Science, and Early Childhood.

The video segments in the Teachscape Professional Learning Suite content libraries focus on real classroom experiences. Each library is enhanced by expert commentary, teacher reflection, and classroom tools and materials that are all available anytime, online.

Each research summary has a featured practice and discusses why and how the practice works. Summaries also include classroom resources such as lesson plans, sample student work, assessments of student work, and suggestions for addressing diverse learning needs. Activities are included to build knowledge. They offer reflective questions, exercises, and more. Interactive tools help users explore the content.

Teachers and administrators can select from more than 10,000 learning resources to create their own modules that support the school or district’s specific learning needs. Instructional leaders can even integrate their own examples of professional practice.

All in all, Professional Learning Suite is a huge resource that even provides management and reporting tools and enables professional development credits. In addition to the resources discussed, Teachscape offers webinars, institutes, and much more. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Use is intuitive and easy, especially for experienced computer users. Less-experienced users may need a little help getting started. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Teachscape offers free technical support for users with a toll-free support hotline at (888) 479-7600. Users may also email support@teachscape.com; lots of online support is available as well. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Teachscape Professional Learning Suite is a large and flexible resource that enables teachers’ day workshops or individual assigned study. The material looks excellent and well-developed. I recommend it for all K–12 communities to help end those waste-of-time in-services. Recommended.

 

Reviewer: Charles Doe (charliegd@sbcglobal.net) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 12 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


 
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