November 3, 2009 – Salt Lake City, UT –School Improvement Network’s PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource, has expanded its features to include Professional Learning Courses that can be customized per district, school or teacher. In addition, expanded content and capabilities are now available in the Community, Journal and Search features. With the release of version 3 this week, PD 360 continues its cutting edge delivery of what schools and teachers want most in an on-demand resource.
PD 360 continues its rapid growth with over 500,000 users and 11,000 schools now having access to the most comprehensive on-demand professional learning resource available. Version 3 will propel on-demand professional learning to a new level with the following enhancements:
· Learning communities for both private and public communities
· Learning communities customized according to the individual teacher’s interests
· Premium groups are available with additional content and services
· Learners can journal privately at anytime to record learning and/or ideas to try in the classroom
· Profiles can be customized and enhanced to allow collaboration between learners with similar interests
· Search tool include more filters and keywords to allow for more efficient searching
· More than 30 Learning Courses have been added
· Learning Courses can be customized to meet specific learner’s needs
· An offline player allows users to play PD 360 videos even when they are not connected to the Internet
“The success of PD 360 continues to surpass my expectations. On-demand professional learning was an unmet need for schools and PD 360 answered that need. Districts, and most importantly teachers, are continuing to use this resource at a phenomenal rate. Even more exciting, we are seeing large increases in the amount of use from schools who have been users of PD 360 for over a year. The data shows that if someone goes into PD 360 and looks at content there is a greater than 70% chance that they will come back—indicating that educators are finding strong value in PD 360 ,” said Chet Linton, CEO of the School Improvement Network. “With Version 3 we have continued to add more of the customization requested by teaching professionals.”
About PD 360
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for educators with over 500,000 subscribers. Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, etc., have access to over 1000 indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples. Each segment includes content from respected educational experts such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. PD 360 can be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, professional learning community, or entire school. It bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 also 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 world. See a demonstration at www.pd360.com.
About the School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by two school teachers, School Improvement Network empowers educators with comprehensive, research-based, professional learning tools that build teacher expertise to foster greater achievement among their students. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and The Learning Framework, School Improvement Network offers content from the largest group of educational experts, the broadest range of topics, and the most classroom examples anywhere. School Improvement Network boasts the world’s largest educator-verified, on-demand professional development network with over 500,000 users. To learn more about School Improvement Network’s dynamic resources, visit www.schoolimprovement.com.