Friday, April 27, 2012

Walkthrough Tools

Here is a list of walkthrough tools available for the iPad.  Many of these applications have android, netbook/laptop, and iphone options available. 

  • iWalkObservation is the tool that I am currently using.  It is created by a principal, and he is quick to support his product.  Several tools come with the standard application, however districts/schools can request custom options for a fee.  The product I purchased was $79 dollars and requires that the user have Filemaker Go.
  • eCOVE is another tool that has been around for a long time.  I have known principals that have used the laptop version in the past.  It has a long history, however I have not used to product myself.  If any readers have used it, please post a comment.  This program cost $299 and does offer discounts for larger purchases.
  • Teachscape is available in the app store for free, but I believe you have to observe or attend a seminar to actually access and store walkthrough data.  It is not a bad idea to consider the cost of professional development when purchasing a program.  I am unsure of the cost of this application. 
  • GoObserve is available on the app store for a free trial, but the full cost is $149.95 to purchase.  I have very little knowledge of the program.
  • Observation 360 is another product that displays as a free app, but a subscription must be purchased to use the product. 
It is clear that there are several products out there, but knowing which one to purchase can be a daunting task.  If you have used one of these products, please post comments/reviews...or, if you know of another product, please post about it in the comments. 

At this time, I am not aware of a quality product that is free.  If you have an Apple computer and Filemaker Go, the following link will direct you toward a precreated sheet that might meet your needs.

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