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PD 360 and Observation 360 Named Top Education Products

  (November 10, 2011)

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 10, 2011

PD developer School Improvement Network is proud to accept Tech & Learnings 2011 Award of Excellence for both its online professional development platform, PD 360, and its classroom walkthrough aide, Observation 360.

The Award of Excellence recognizes the best companies in the business of teaching, training, and managing educators through technology, and is granted for products that exemplify quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and creativity. Past winners include the Discovery Channel, LG Electronics, Prentice Hall, Samsung, and Adobe.

Calling a piece of technology for the classroom a solution is easy, say the editors of Tech & Learning. Proving it? That can be hard. Especially when put through the paces by our edtech experts from the New York City Department of Education, the University of Michigan, plus other top institutions across the country. Each of the products selected for this years Awards of Excellence were judged by a majority of our panel to be an effective tool for schools.


We are honored to receive Tech & Learnings Award of Excellence, says Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network, and we know that it puts us in elite company. PD 360, and its walkthrough companion product, Observation 360, are absolutely changing the professional development industry. We view the award as a celebration of the classrooms and the lives that our products are changing.

Anyone can join the School Improvement Network online community for free and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360, the worlds largest online video and professional development distribution network for educators, just by logging on to http://www.schoolimprovement.com and clicking on the free trial button.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

About PD 360 Practical, Scalable, Measurable
PD 360 is the multi-award winning, leading online, on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. With 1,800 videos on 117 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the largest online community of educators, with over 700,000 subscribers. The innovative PD 360 videos are unique and class-leading because of the quality of production, and each is research-based with classroom examples of best practices. The videos are also relatively short in nature (approximately 6-12 minutes in length) allowing educators access to snack-able content that is easy and accessible to view and implement.

Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,800 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at http://www.pd360.com.

About School Observation 360
Observation 360 is the most successful classroom observation tool on the market. Available on the iPad, iTouch, iPhone, or Windows, Observation 360 automatically links relevant professional development training materials in PD 360 to the observation notes and sends the package directly to the instructor. The tool also provides graphs, notations, and customizable templates to suit your school or district. Observation 360 has made classroom observations efficient for administrators and effective for teachers. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/products/observation360.

School Improvement Network, PD 360, and their respective logos are trademarks of the School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contact:

Duane Sprague
School Improvement Network
801-758-9546
duane(dot)sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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