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Overview

The School Improvement Network offers a suite of professional development tools called Edivate, which includes a newly released version of PD 360 and CommonCore360 now called Edivate, the tool. The suite also includes Observation 360, and an interactive eReading tool called LumiBook. All of the tools in the suite can be purchased as a package or separately.

Edivate, the tool

Edivate includes a newly released version of PD 360, which is a professional learning platform that offers a vast collection of over 2,500 on-demand instructional videos covering 125 topics with examples from real classrooms. Videos have been filmed in over 3,500 classrooms, and have been used in every state and in 70 countries including urban, rural and suburban settings. New videos are added monthly. The collection features over 300 videos focused on the Common Core that come with a Guidebook. The Guidebook is a document that provides context for the video, a pre-viewing discussion prompt, reflection questions and relevant resources (Ex: publications, blogs, other videos).

In addition to the Guidebook, the platform also offers a map of all the Common Core standards. Teachers select a specific standard they are interested and can see how that specific standard progresses from K-12 grades. They can also see videos of other teachers teaching each standard at each different grade level, along with lesson plans and reflection questions.

The system is also home to a network of of 1.2 million teachers. Edivate has tools that can be used to create a PD plan where users can set goals, track their learning and provide evidence of growth.

Observation 360

Observation 360 helps administrators make plans to observe teachers over the course of a year. It is integrated with Edivate so that administrators can link recommended, relevant PD resources to the observation plan for an individual teacher based on what they see in the classroom. Reporting is available at multiple levels: district, school and individual educator.

LumiBook

The LumiBook is an eReading application that provides an interactive learning experience for five different books. While reading these books, readers can connect with their peers or with the author of a text.

The author and readers of a LumiBook can upload links, files and videos, and can engage with readers by participating in conversations, asking questions about the text, uploading student work samples, and share resources. Authors also have the ability to make edits in the book at any time. If an author makes an edit in the original LumiBook, all copies are updated in real time.

A LumiBook can be purchased by a school or district in a bundle package with Edivate. It is also an app that can be purchased and downloaded from the app store by an individual teacher.

As of summer 2014 there are 8 LumiBooks available:

  • Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most, by Jay McTighe
  • Mapping to the Core: Integrating the Common Core Standards into Your Local School Curriculum, by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
  • Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching, Second Edition LumiBook (ebook), by Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn
  • A Professional Learning Pathway to Common Core Success, by Lisa Leith
  • InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, by Irving Richardson
  • Growing Thinking Students in Thinking Schools, by David Hyerle
  • Learning 360 Framework Participants Guide
  • Global Education Study: Six Drivers of Student Success, by Battelle for kids

Product Brief

Essential Features

  • A newly released version of PD 360 including a video library featuring 300 Common Core videos and Guidebooks, now called Edivate, the tool
  • Professional Learning Community of over 1.2 million teachers
  • A portfolio where teachers can collect evidence of learning
  • Observation 360, an observation tool that can be linked to learning opportunities
  • LumiBook, an eReading application that provides an interactive learning experience, where readers can connect with their peers or with the author of a text they are reading

Value Added

The Edivate video library features original videos, many of which target specific standards and includes Guidebooks so that teachers can better understand the lesson planning process behind each video. Each Guidebook is a document that provides context for the video, offers a pre-viewing discussion prompt, reflection questions and relevant resources (Ex: publications, lesson plans, blogs, other videos). There is an app, which allows teachers to watch videos on the go. The videos watched through the app are synced with the teacher’s account so they can track progress with ease.

The PD and Observation tools are linked, making it more possible for the observer to offer targeted and differentiated PD support to each teacher.

The LumiBook application bridges the gap between author and reader, providing unique opportunities such as questioning the author, surveying the reader, uploading documents (Ex: lesson plans and work samples) or even editing the book as it is being read.

Types of Schools Using It

Edivate, or one of its tools, has been used by 5,254 districts and in 20,800 schools including an even split of urban, rural and suburban settings. The schools are mostly public.

How It Works

Edivate, the tool

Edivate, the tool is a professional learning platform that contains a library of instructional videos, a professional learning community of 1.2 million teachers and a portfolio where teachers can track and earn credit for their learning.

During the onboarding process, teachers are asked to fill out a profile, including information such as their grade level, content area and level of education. This information will help the system recommend appropriate and relevant PD resources. When a teacher logs onto Edivate they see a navigation bar with a search bar and tabs for resources, groups, help, messages and settings. The resources tab drops down offering multiple options including: Videos, Learning Targets, Observation 360, Communities, LumiBook, User Video Uploader and more.

Video Repository

At the heart of Edivate lies a content library including a vast collection of over 2,500 on-demand instructional videos covering 125 topics with examples from real classrooms. Videos range on average from five to 12 minutes in length. Videos have been filmed in over 3,500 classrooms, and have been used in every state and in 70 countries. New videos are added monthly.

Each video has three reflection questions that teachers can answer as they watch the video. The platform sends teachers a second set of questions to answer via email 72 hours after watching the video, so that teachers have more time to reflect on the lessons they learned. Teachers can track their response questions and send them to a mentor or principal. Administrators can also pull reports showing a teacher's response to questions. In some districts, this reflection is a requirement when teachers wish to receive PD credits.

The collection features over 300 videos focused on the Common Core that come with Guidebooks. The Guidebook is a document that provides context for the video, offers a pre-viewing discussion prompt, reflection questions and relevant resources (Ex: publications, blogs, other videos). These Common Core-specific videos are designed to help teachers develop their understanding of the standards and to support implementation of the standards in the classroom by giving them concrete examples of real teachers targeting specific standards in the real classrooms. Each Common Core video is tagged with a specific grade level and standard (see example below.)

All videos are created by the School Improvement Network’s production teams. Each teacher has been hand-picked and vetted by the content development team at Edivate. When they decide on a topic to videotape, the team receives recommendations from partners and clients. If a recommended teacher is being considered, the content development team goes out to observe and vet teachers before video-taping them for the library. The video library is updated frequently and any outdated videos are removed.

The system makes video recommendations for each teacher-user based on various aspects of their profile. There are also tags that teachers can add to their profiles to help tailor their recommendations even further. When browsing, teachers can filter by grade level, subject, PD topic, presenter, program and release date. Administrators and instructional coaches also have access to the video library and can share specific videos with teachers.

Each video in the library has an icon for Information (“i”) which opens a pop-up with the total time of the video and a brief overview of its content. There is also a clock icon that allows a user to add the video to his/her queue with one click. Once a user has chosen a video, they click the image and are taken to a screen that includes the video, the reflection questions, the guidebook, an audio version of the video, a downloadable written transcript, and a lesson plan if available. The bottom of the screen shows other related videos.

In addition, each video can be downloaded as an mp3 so that teachers can listen to videos while they’re on the go. Schools can also upload their own content for their teachers to view.

There is a PD 360 app (available on iOS and Android) that allows teachers to watch videos or listen to audio files on the go. A teacher must have a PD 360 account in order to use the app. Any video watched in the PD 360 app will be recorded in a user’s viewing history on the web version of PD 360.

There is a share button so that a teacher or administrator can share a video with a colleague. A user clicks “share,” enters the recipient(s), and fills out a message. Videos can be shared with individuals or with groups.

Learning Targets

In the Learning Targets section under the resources tab, teachers can create personalized PD plans that are aligned to objectives already created by their school or district administrators. They can also use the portfolio functionality to set and share goals, add proposed activities, and collect evidence of growth such as videos watched, courses taken, conferences attended and observations.

In the portfolio, a teacher can add any activity completed outside of Edivate by choosing the evidence type and logging it. An administrator can also choose to set up a particular activity as a catalogue unit, especially if many teachers in the district are engaging in the activity. Teachers can share their portfolio with an administrator by emailing them the portfolio in PDF format. An administrator can also access a teacher’s portfolio at any time.

An observer can recommend a particular video (or other resources including links, files, videos and groups to join) to a teacher based on an observation. The prescribed resource will show up in list form on the teacher’s side. The teacher’s list is color coded to show “In progress”, “not started” and “completed.” Once a teacher watches a recommended video, they can drag it into their portfolio. Observations can also be added to the portfolio.

Teachers can get PD credits, but this varies based on the needs and requirements of each district. Depending on state laws and district rules, credit may be applied toward re-licensure, certification or other professional credentials. If a school or district offers credit for specific learning opportunities, they will appear under “Catalogues” in the Learning Targets section. In catalogues, a teacher can register for a learning opportunity such as specific Edivate video content, live training sessions or online courses facilitated by Edivate to receive credit. Edivate tracks the learning opportunities you register for in catalogs, as well as the credits you earn in the form of a transcript. The transcript can be viewed and printed as a PDF.

Edivate also offers a course creation tool where district administrators can create as many courses as they want. Edivate has a 45-minute online webinar that administrators can watch to learn how to build a course on the platform. The course creation tool has a number of options. Users can choose to add a syllabus, videos, off-site links, forum discussions (which are only available to course participants), documents to upload or download, free response questions and/or multiple choice questions.

Collaborative Tools

Edivate has a set of asynchronous collaborative tools that include communities, groups and sharing capabilities. Any teacher can browse public groups or create a virtual group with their colleagues who are also using Edivate based on interest. Both communities and groups have discussion forums. A group can be public or invitation only, and members of groups can set shared goals and tasks. Districts and administrators can also create groups for specific teachers.

Teachers can also share content with their colleagues. A user clicks the “share” button, enters the recipient(s) and fills out a message. Videos can be shared with individuals or with groups.

Teachers can share their own videos with the “User Video Upload” tool to upload and post videos they have created of themselves or their colleagues. These videos can be used to share and comment on best practices, as well as get feedback on one’s practice.

The User Video Upload tool is browser based and is located under the resources tab on the navigation bar. A user chooses a file, clicks “open” and the system will begin uploading. Once a video is uploaded, the teacher can give it a title, a short description and specify privacy settings. A teacher can choose to set the video to private, meaning that the teacher must send the URL directly to the person they want to view the video. A video can also be shared in a community and the teacher can choose to create a discussion forum for their video.

Once a video is uploaded, a teacher can play, share, edit or delete the video. Users can also provide timestamped comments on the videos. They can also tag specific areas of the video as either a “great example” or “opportunity for improvement.”

Observation 360

Observation 360 is a set of tools designed to support the teacher observation process in schools. Observation 360 is framework agnostic and will customize to any observation framework that is used by a district. If a district does not have a framework for assessing and evaluating teachers, School Improvement Network offers their own framework (The Teaching Effectiveness Framework or TEF), which includes a series of coaching questions for post-observation meetings designed by the company. TEF is modeled after the InTASC core teaching standards.

Observation 360 can be accessed by both teachers and administrators from within Edivate.

For Teachers

A teacher can find Observation 360 under the resources tab. On the observation page, a teacher can view all of their observations including the framework being used, scores and comments from their observer. Teachers have the option to archive and/or print their observations, and if a teacher feels that their observer has missed something, they can write direct messages with feedback to their observer. A teacher can also view resources from Edivate’s video library that have been recommended by their observer.

For Administrators

An administrator can find Observation 360 under the resources tab. On the observation page, administrators can see all of the observations they have completed and that are in process. An administrator can click on Observation 360 Web or Observation 360 Reports and is taken to a new browser tab that automatically logs them in.

  • Observation 360 Web: This is the area in which an administrator can choose the type of observations (Ex: Informal, formal, peer, self, etc.) and can view the framework templates for their district. All of the templates are customized to meet the needs of the district. There is a calendar functionality that allows administrators to schedule observations for their teachers, workflow and templates. Then during the observation, the observer can record the observation.
  • Observation 360 Reports: A school administrator can pull data on their school or on an individual teacher, including teacher progression over multiple observations. Administrators have the ability to see how many teachers have actually looked at the PD that has been recommended to them. Central office can pull data on any school or an entire district and can see how many observations each observer has completed and how many are in progress. There is also a report that allows district administrators to notice trends across observers. Observation 360 allows users to export data. There are five different set templates to pull data from. School Improvement Network will customize data for each district, but this may come at an extra cost.

A teacher or administrator can view the observation workflow for the entire year in the “processes” section. This can be found under the Resources tab in Learning Targets. Observation 360 customizes the work flow for each district in the Implementation Plan. The workflow usually includes areas such as: Self assessment, teacher lesson plan upload, pre-observation meetings, scheduled observations and post-observation meetings. Student data can also be manually uploaded via CSV files.

There is an Observation 360 app (available on iOS and Android) that allows administrators to mark progress on observations on the go. An administrator must have an Observation 360 account in order to use the app. Any observation steps completed in the Observation 360 app will appear when the user logs onto the web-based version of Observation 360.

To begin an observation, administrators choose a teacher, then choose a template and tag any subfields like grade, subject or type of lesson. Then they can choose to either fill out the observation rubric on the spot or use the scripting tool. The scripting tool allows the administrator to write their notes onto a note-taking pad. Once the observation is over, they can scroll over different sections of their notes and choose from a drop down menu which part of the rubric they’d like to send those notes to. The notes will be automatically copied onto the rubric from there.

Once a teacher gets their observation form, they can choose to leave comments on the form and also check out videos or resources the district has pre-loaded into the competency framework. Administrators can also choose to send these specific resources from the observation form directly to the teacher that they think will help the teacher.

LumiBook

The LumiBook is an eReading application that provides an interactive learning experience, where readers can connect with their peers or with the author of a text they are reading. LumiBook can be used inside the Edivate platform or the iPad app can be downloaded from the app store. The author of a LumiBook can upload links, files and videos, and can engage with readers by participating in conversations, asking questions about the text, uploading student work samples and more. Authors also have the ability to make edits in the book at any time. If an author makes an edit in the original LumiBook, all copies are updated automatically.

A LumiBook can be purchased by a school or district in a bundle package with Edivate. It is also an app that can be purchased and downloaded from the app store by an individual teacher.

As of summer 2014 there are 8 LumiBooks available, with additional titles in the pipeline:

  • Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most, by Jay McTighe
  • Mapping to the Core: Integrating the Common Core Standards into Your Local School Curriculum, by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
  • Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching, Second Edition LumiBook (ebook), by Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn
  • A Professional Learning Pathway to Common Core Success, by Lisa Leith
  • InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, by Irving Richardson
  • Growing Thinking Students in Thinking Schools, by David Hyerle
  • Learning 360 Framework Participants Guide
  • Global Education Study: Six Drivers of Student Success, by Battelle for Kids

How It Is Used

Edivate is used to support teachers in ongoing learning in a variety of ways. The newly released version of PD 360 has a library of videos from authentic classrooms that teachers can use to learn more about a particular topic, idea or common core standard. Additionally, teachers can create professional learning plans with goals that are aligned to their school or district’s goals. Teachers can also use the portfolio functionality to track the learning activities that they engage in, including videos watched, observations and more.

The observation component of Edivate is used to support teachers and administrators through the observation process. Observation 360 is used by teachers to view their observation results, to communicate with their administrators around the observation process and timeline and to view the Edivate resources that have been prescribed by their observer. Observation 360 is used by administrators to manage the observation process by creating timelines, communicating with their teachers and prescribing Edivate resources to their teachers during or right after the observation.

Measuring Effectiveness/Data

Edivate tracks the learning opportunities you register for in catalogs, as well as the credits you earn in the form of a transcript. The transcript can be viewed by teachers, school administrators and instructional coaches, and printed as a PDF. Teachers keep their learning plans including goals, activities and evidence of learning in their portfolios. School administrators and instructional coaches can access these items at any time. District administrators can view all of the data above at the district level, school level and teacher level. School and district administration can also get data reporting on usage including (but not limited to) how many videos are being watched and which ones, how many teachers are engaging with the resources that have been recommended to them and more.


Observation 360 offers a variety of reports. A school administrator can pull data on their school or on an individual teacher, including teacher progression over multiple observations. Administrators have the ability to see how many teachers have actually looked at the PD that has been recommended to them. District administrators can pull data on any school or an entire district and can see how many observations each observer has completed and how many are in progress. There is also a report that allows district administrators to notice trends across observers. Observation 360 allows users to export data. It will customize data for each district, but this may come at an extra cost.

A teacher or administrator can view the observation workflow for the entire year in the “processes” section. This can be found under the resources tab in learning targets. Observation 360 customizes the work flow for each district in the Implementation Plan, but the workflow usually includes areas such as: self assessment, teacher lesson plan upload, pre-observation meetings, scheduled observations and post-observation meetings. Student data can also be built into the workflow.

Setup and Implementation

When a district purchases Edivate, they are usually committing to a 3-5 year rollout. The team at Edivate likes to work closely with each district to create a customized implementation plan focused on the user group. Districts are encouraged to purchase the implementation boot camp, which is a is a 3-day period during which key stakeholders in a district get to meet outside of their usual environment to unpack how the work will look over one or multiple years.

The company uses these three days to set goals and laying the groundwork for the district’s work with Edivate including product possibilities and customizations, goal setting and monitoring, timelines and user group rollout plans. This boot camp comes at an additional cost.

If the Implementation Plan Boot Camp is onsite, the cost is $1,495 per person. If it is held in Salt Lake City, the price is $2,895 per person that attends plus the cost of airfare.

Training and Support

There are several training options to choose from. The free options include online and on-demand video-based training and online user guides, online live click-to-chat, and traditional phone support. Optional paid training includes live online training, and live on-site training.

The online and on-demand product training is included in the cost of the product. The training comes in the form of courses that can be taken inside the Edivate platform. These courses can be found under the resources tab in Edivate Training. Currently there are 5 courses: Edivate Essentials, Observation 360, School Leadership and Edivate, System Administrators, and Catalogues. Courses contain a narrative introduction, an introduction video, screenshots, text boxes and other visuals. There are also interactive practice components where a text box may ask a teacher to try something out right inside the course. For example, in the Edivate Essentials course there is an opportunity to try creating a new learning plan.

At the end of each page, there is a challenge (Ex: Share your learning plan with your administrator.) Each course ends with a review that includes some kind of informal assessment (Ex: Match each statement to the report that would provide the best data to answer the question.)

In addition to the product training, there is also a help tab on the navigation bar. The help tab offers three options: How Do I?, Teach Me and Contact Us. Clicking “How Do I?" will take a teacher to the User Guides, which offers written instructions for each feature, and has a table of contents for organization. Clicking “Teach Me” will take a teacher straight to the five courses described above. Clicking “Contact Us” will take a teacher to a page that provides an online chat functionality, a support email and the phone number to a help desk, which is open 5:30 AM - 6:00 PM MST.

Integration

Integration Partners: These integrations are already built and included in the cost for users.

  • TrueNorthLogic
  • Netchemia
  • Randa Solutions
  • My Learning Plan
  • eSchool Solutions
  • SchoolNet
  • PD Express
  • Performance Matters
  • thereNow
  • Agilix
  • BloomBoard
  • Empirical Education 
  • SWIVL
  • Engrade
  • Moodle
  • Schoology
  • GoReact

Edivate also provides a plug in to integrate content directly into other systems, so that users can experience resources and videos on the other system without having to leave the Edivate system.

Customization

Edivate can customize many features for districts and schools. Most of these customizations are discussed during the Implementation Bootcamp.

Cost

The School Improvement Network offers a suite of professional development tools called Edivate, which includes a newly released version of PD 360, Observation 360, and an interactive eReading tool called LumiBook. All of the tools in the suite can be purchased as a package or separately.

Edivate, the tool including Observation 360

$3,995 for 5 years, $4,495 for 3 years, and $4,995 for 1 year

Edivate without Observation 360

$3,495 for 5 years, $3,795 for 3 years, and $3,995 for 1 year

Edivate Academy Bootcamp

This is a 3-day implementation program. If the Implementation Plan Boot Camp is onsite, the cost is $1,495 per person. If it is held in Salt Lake City, the price is $2,895 per person that attends plus the cost of airfare.

LumiBook

A LumiBook can be purchased by a school or district in a bundle package with Edivate. It is also an app that can be purchased from the app store by an individual teacher. The price per book ranges from approximately $39.95-$59.95 per teacher. The range is based on video content and there are typically 30-75 videos in each book. There is also a site license available for schools, which is priced at $1,495 per book and gives access to all teachers. When a district buys a site license for a book, it has the license forever and all teachers have access to it. 

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Principal. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

The first thing I would change about this product are the reflective questions that follow the video modules. Each video can have anywhere from 3 or more questions that can be assigned when using it for professional development. What I have learned from my staff is that teachers will search vid...

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Principal. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

The first thing I would change about this product are the reflective questions that follow the video modules. Each video can have anywhere from 3 or more questions that can be assigned when using it for professional development. What I have learned from my staff is that teachers will search vid...

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School Type: Elementary School, Blended Learning

It is expensive. I would like perhaps an abbreviated form to be available for individual use. Second, I would like to see the early childhood and lower grade level resources expanded, or more on differentiation. Last, it would be great if some of the effective tea...

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