October 14, 2009 – Salt Lake City, UT – School Improvement Network announced today that PD 360, their premier professional learning solution, is the 2009 Adobe MAX Award winner for education. This prestigious annual international award is given to eight companies that have used Adobe technology to develop innovative and engaging applications for improved user experience. More than 450 entries were received from business, creative and application development professionals worldwide. The award was presented by actor Mark Hamill at Adobe’s esteemed annual event at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on October 7th. The conference brings together computer design and development professionals from across the globe to connect and learn about the latest cutting-edge innovations from Adobe.
School Improvement Network was recognized for its development of PD 360, the leading on-demand library of professional development resources for educators. PD 360 leverages technology to make professional learning more effective, convenient, and sustainable. As winner of Adobe’s highest honor, School Improvement Network demonstrated the ability to pioneer new technologies that redefine traditional practices and transform customer engagement.
“We are ecstatic to be named the 2009 Adobe MAX education category winner,” said Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network. “PD 360 is widely recognized as the most innovative and effective on-demand resource for educational professional development. This award is further proof of the impact PD 360 is having not only in our industry, but outside as well.”
Over 450 applications from across the globe were submitted for competition this year. A panel of Adobe judges and industry experts selected the top 32 finalists from whom the top eight were chosen as winners through a one-week online voting process.
“One of the highlights of MAX each year is seeing the impressive flow of creativity and innovation emerging from our community. MAX Award winners represent some of the best of the best real-world examples of how Adobe technology is being used to create more effective and compelling experiences across media and screens,” said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer of Adobe Systems.
With over 110 hours of video content, PD 360 is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, etc., have access to hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples at their fingertips. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools.
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 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.
For more information contact:
Brandon Stoddard, School Improvement Network
Telephone: (801)-566-6500, Cell: (801) 243-0663,
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