Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:33 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 11:14 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- For years school administrators have evaluated teachers using a pen and notepad, but that's the old way of doing things at Sterling Martin Middle School where they now use iPads to jot down notes during what are called "walkthroughs."
"We're able to provide immediate feedback as soon as we leave the classroom," said Principal Dr. Rafael Silva. "In the past if I scripted notes I have to come back to the office to formulate that and then give it to the teacher."
Silva and his two assistant principals, Sandy Salinas-DeLeon and John Prezas, use the iPads when they visit classrooms several times per week to evaluate the ways in which a teacher interacts with his or her students.
"I'll run into the teacher and the teacher will touch base with me, saying maybe have a question or a clarification," Salinas-DeLeon said.
The iPads and a program called PDAS (Professional Development and Appraisal System) allows administrators to check off things they observe in a classroom. After they enter the information, they can email a copy of the report to teachers who are then able to quickly implement any suggestions.
The iPads and accompanying software, which are now being used at elementary-, middle- and high schools in the district, were purchased using Title II funds which is money set aside for learning development.
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