The Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) has partnered with Teachscape. Together with intensive professional development, on-site support for reading and math, and Teachscape’s online resources, CORE will be able to deliver a 24/7 professional-development program for literacy and math educators. Teachers will be able to study material at their convenience and review the information as many times as necessary to perfect skills relating to a topic or concept.Price: Call for pricing. Category: professional development
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The Teachcape XL delivers content to professional-learning communities—from video-based case studies, to instruction by experts, to learning resources, to discussion boards, to interactive learning exercises. Teachers log on individually or in small groups to work on these exercises. After that, they receive a visit from an administrator or team supervisor, who collects data on their instruction and with whom they can discuss their progress. Users can select content from more than 10,000 resources. PROS: The training part of the product shows real teachers using the product in their own classrooms, so the instruction that teachers get is peer instruction. This has proven to be one of the best ways to learn. The instruction decisions are data-driven and collected on small handheld devices, so interruption of the learning process is kept to a minimum. Teachers can access the instruction when they have time, since it is online.CONS: None.OVERALL IMPRESSION: This program solves one of the major problems of professional development: getting experts in front of the classroom teachers. By using the technology in Teachscape XL, classroom teachers can view successful examples of what is being discussed. Using message boards and other technology, they can discuss in real time the problems they may run into with peers and experts.

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The TeachScape XL online professional development product is designed for schools that want to improve the way they educate students. TeacheScape XL delivers content to professional learning communities, from video based case studies, to instruction by experts, to learning resources,


This software enables users of any age to take ordinary photos and turn them into unique compositions. Students use it to cut out an unlimited number of people and props from digital images using a technique that resembles painting by numbers. The cutouts are then layered onto a background of choice and embellished with a set of controls, including blending tools; retouching tools for object colors, tints, and transparency; and the ability to add titles, captions, and speech bubbles. Price: retail price, $39.95; education discounts available Category: photo editing