Excelsior Software has launched Pinnacle Accelerated Learning (PAL), an online tutoring platform embedded in the Pinnacle Suite. Utilizing the latest Web 2.0 technologies, PAL offers a secure virtual learning environment where districts can provide students with academic help and enrichment from educators within their own school communities.
PAL is seamlessly integrated with the gradebook, parent-student portal, student information system, and the curriculum, assessment and data analysis tools found in the Pinnacle Suite. This integration gives classroom teachers a multi-faceted view of their students' activities and progress in the instructional platform they use every day.
PAL offers administrators the means to oversee and schedule teacher-tutors, deliver targeted curriculum remediation and enrichment, track student progress, and ensure that students are collaborating with a trusted mentor through a secure, confidential framework.
For teachers, PAL helps to reinforce classroom instruction and facilitate formal and informal learning through online lessons and activities without placing a burden on existing resources. Schools can expand instruction by supplementing curriculum with homework help, remedial or enrichment sessions, peer-to-peer tutoring, test preparation, supplemental education services (SES), vocational instruction, and advanced placement sessions.
In addition, PAL is a centralized platform, enabling curriculum and technology directors to administer the program and manage schedules. Through existing tools, PAL allows teachers to collaborate by using curriculum rating, review, and sharing features. District officials can access real-time reports listing information about student performance and teacher participation to ensure effective use of the program.
Live interactive whiteboards combined with voice-over-IP and chat services provide a personalized and active learning environment. Students can solicit immediate help on assignments, and learn through real-time activities and recorded sessions.
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Source: Excelsior Software, www.excelsiorsoftware.com