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Teaching Channel Launches Social and Video-Enabled Professional Development Platform

Posted Jul 18, 2013
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Teaching Channel, creator of a large, free library of professionally produced videos from inside real classrooms featuring teacher best practices, has launched a new product called Teaching Channel Teams, designed to transform professional development in this time of diminishing education resources.

Teaching Channel is building on its online library of more than 700 videos with the creation of Teaching Channel Teams, a professional development platform for schools, districts and states where teachers and teacher leaders can work together to improve learning outcomes and increase student achievement.

Teaching Channel's website has already built a community of more than 260,000 educators and includes more than 170 videos aligned to the Common Core State Standards. But teachers have made it clear they want a safe place to collaborate with their colleagues, be mentored and conduct job-embedded, relevant professional learning. Teaching Channel Teams enables schools, districts and other education organizations to do just that - more cost-effectively than traditional professional development activities. With Teaching Channel Teams, collaboration within a school, across a district or with a larger network of educators, is made easier using socially-enabled tools within a platform that makes it simple for educators to use and share video as well as other types of professional development resources.

Teaching Channel's free website is already helping teachers across the country. In a recent survey completed by Teaching Channel, 70% of educators said they had tried a new technique in their classrooms using an idea found on Teaching Channel. Of those, 87% reported that the technique they tried increased student understanding.

The Teams platform is new, but the power of this collaborative platform is already being seen in facilitating meaningful coaching and professional learning in Chicago Public Schools with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). AUSL is using Teams to create a "connective tissue" across the district where teachers are sharing videos of their practice and lesson plans and getting the customized coaching and mentoring they need in a safe and collaborative environment.

Districts and educational organizations are using Teaching Channel Teams to share their own featured videos with the goal of creating, sharing and replicating best practices within their own community. The intuitive technology requires little to no training enabling easy video capture and sharing from any iPad or iPhone within the Teaching Channel Teams environment. The socially-connected, cloud-based nature of Teams enables educators to engage in professional learning from any device, anytime, anywhere.

Teaching Channel is partnering with teachers and leaders across a number of education reform organizations committed to giving teachers the tools they need to do their best work. For more information about Teaching Channel Teams visit www.teachingchannel.org/Teams.

Source: Teaching Channel, www.teachingchannel.org


 
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