|Description||Teacher Professional Development|
|Grant, 1/04 |
Department of Education
|Grant, 6/07 |
U.S. Department of Education
thereNow is a leader in creating technologies that enable three critical components of effective teacher professional development: Modeling, Coaching, and Feedback. Teachers need more support in the classroom and that means having a second pair of eyes to assist in learning complex teaching and classroom management strategies.
thereNow’s flagship product, IRIS Connectâ„¢, is the technology platform that opens a virtual window into a teachers classroom. IRIS Connectâ„¢ is a classroom observation and performance feedback system comprised of (1) a portable camera device and (2) web-based software. IRIS Connectâ„¢ allows observers (e.g., expert coaches, peer teachers, researchers, student-teacher advisors, etc.) to observe and give individualized feedback to teachers in their classrooms without visiting the classroom in person. IRIS Connectâ„¢ also allows experienced teachers to record themselves, document, and explicate good teaching that can be shared with other IRIS Connectâ„¢ users.
IRIS Connectâ„¢ makes the critical components of follow up and in-class PD feasible, scalable, and affordable.