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Teachscape Releases Mobile Observation Technology

Teachscape has unveiled Teachscape Reflect Live, technology that lets administrators use Internet-connected tablet devices and laptop computers for teacher observations, from planning through post-observation conferences.

Features of Reflect Live include:

  • The ability to take notes live during teacher observations from a mobile device or laptop;
  • Scheduling and planning observations;
  • The ability to request a pre-observation form from the teacher, including lesson artifacts and samples of student work;
  • Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, which is pre-loaded. Teachers can also load any rubric, and pre- and post-observation forms;
  • Associating evidence collected to framework components;
  • Reporting tools that allow users to see a teacher's self-review and observer feedback side-by-side, summarize strengths and weaknesses, and document recommendations; and
  • Stored observation data for measuring teaching effectiveness trends, and viewing results across a school or district.

The Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching is a set of components of instruction, aligned to standards developed by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium, and grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. The framework can be used as the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes.

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