Panorama Education Releases Teaching Practice ‘Playbook’

Professional Development

Panorama Education Releases Teaching Practice ‘Playbook’

Sep 30, 2015

WHAT’S NEXT? Through its free survey tools, Panorama Education has helped deliver insights into students’ learning experience to educators in over 6,500 schools. Now, the Boston, MA-based company is offering ways to take action with Playbook, a collection of hundreds of teacher-generated (and teacher-validated) strategies and tips to use in the classroom.

Teachers create profiles where they share their grade levels, course subjects and teaching experience. Based on this background information—as well as results from Panorama’s student surveys—the Playbook can recommend “moves,” which are bite-sized classroom strategies shared by teachers. (The tool can be used by teachers who are not currently using Panorama’s surveys.) Educators can add new “moves” to their personal playbook, rate moves’ effectiveness or create and share their own teaching strategies.

“As teachers validate the best content via rating and saving moves, that content becomes more visible on the platform,” Brian Rainville, the company’s Educator Engagement Director (and former Baltimore City Teacher of the Year) tells EdSurge. “Similarly, when content is consistently less than inspiring to teachers, it cedes prominence.

In regards to pricing, Rainville says that Playbook is currently for sale to schools and districts but isn't free. "A teacher version is in the works, but isn't completely ready yet," he adds.

Over 7,000 teachers across 300 schools have piloted the Playbook since the idea first was first born at a Panorama hackathon in 2014. More here from Xconomy.

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