Magazine article Internet@Schools

Teachscape Professional Learning Suite

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Teachscape Professional Learning Suite

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Company: Teachscape, Inc., 71 Stevenson St., Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, (877) 98TEACH or (877) 988-3224, www.teach scape.com, email info@teachscape.com

Price: Teachscape's Professional Learning Suite is a subscription web-based service. Pricing is based on the number of users and isn't available online. 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.

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.

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. …

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