PD 360 Version 4.0 is the Teacher Professional Development Solution

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School Improvement Network gives educators a preview of the new PD 360 version 4.0 with online video.

Salt Lake City, UT November 22, 2010 -- Today School Improvement Network launched a new introductory video of the all new PD 360 4.0.

On December 10, 2010, School Improvement Network (SINET) will launch PD 360 version 4.0—the cutting-edge, online, on-demand professional development platform that is proven to be practical, measurable, and scalable. Now, anyone can learn more about version 4.0 by viewing a video designed to give a taste of everything the new version has to offer.

With version 4.0, educators and administrators will still have unlimited access to key educational experts and the real classroom examples they enjoyed with version 3.5, but now they will enjoy greater search capabilities and an enhanced suite of tools to make finding the essential resources for their professional development quick and easy.

New to PD 360 is the application bar, featuring nine updated and re-designed applications, including video, social networking communities, interactive courses, and more. The new version introduces a smarter, more intuitive approach to accessing content. “The Deck” is a new feature implemented to recommend videos, groups, forums, and other resources based on members’ usage and the usage of their colleagues.

PD 360 4.0 will include online courses produced in partnership with Corwin from experts like Michael Fullan, Charlotte Danielson, Marcia Tate, Glenn Singleton, Jim Knight, and more, and up-to-date content on the latest topics in education.

In addition to the new content and functionality of version 4.0, principals and teachers will discover how easy it is to utilize the fully-integrated and prescriptive classroom observation tool—Observation 360, which works on an iPad, and recommends the appropriate programs on PD 360 for specific professional development opportunities to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Anyone can join the online PD 360 community and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360 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, and the Learning 360 Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The 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, Measurable, and Scalable
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Over 600,000 verified educators subscribe to PD 360. 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 1,400 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.

Observation 360
PD 360 now features Observation 360, a handheld observation tool designed to allow principals and instructional leaders such as coaches and mentors to perform effective observations and walkthroughs—and more importantly to allow those instructional leaders to be able to easily give effective follow-up to teachers via PD 360’s rich resources. No longer will teachers have to find resources to address issues arising from an observation, PD 360 will automatically recommend appropriate resources based on the results of the observation. Built for the Apple iPad, iPhone, or iTouch, principals and instructional leaders can choose from existing templates to structure the evaluation or create custom-designed templates, each completely integrated with PD 360.

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
801-937-9233    
duane(dot)sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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