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tapObserver enhances the TAP system evaluation process by helping evaluators (principals, master and mentor teachers) more efficiently and accurately collect evidence during a classroom observation. Supported by iPads and other tablets, tapObserver is a powerful tool that allows TAP evaluators to more quickly and thoroughly provide feedback and support to teachers to improve classroom instruction.

•Script faster and more precisely by typing directly into your iPad or tablet
•Capture photos and videos
•Create time stamps to help track lesson pacing
•Categorize relevant evidence from your scripting notes by TAP rubric indicator
•Generate an evidence collection template that is automatically populated based on your categorization
•Complete a self reflection
•Assign a score of 1-5 on the TAP rubric
•Export the completed evidence collection and scores into an html file for easy emailing

•You must update to the iOS 5 mobile operating system to run tapObserver on your iPad or tablet. Just connect your device to your Mac or PC and follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes.
•While supported on iPad 1, you need to use the iPad 2 to benefit from tapObserver’s picture and video technology.

The latest addition to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching’s (NIET) innovative Web-based resources, tapObserver is the first in a series of TAP apps designed to help TAP educators steam line their tasks.

What's New

Version 2.0

iOS 11 updates and bug fixes

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Instructional designer


Used in my first observation an hour after I purchased! Quite intuitive in its use. Appreciated how it allowed me to be an active participant in the process rather than a passive observer taking handwritten notes. This tool could be improved as a coaching/mentoring tool if the captured photos and videos could be embedded in the exported report.



Just wanted to follow up on the last review. You can delete a post by dragging your finger to the right over the post on the first page.

I am giving the app a three, because it has a few glitches with freezing up. Otherwise, I love using the app.

Freezing Up


When going to the template tab to score the indicators, there are no indicators listed. It is just a bunch of blank lines. Because there are no scores, when I press report tab it just keeps running and running. I have all this evidence and no way to get it out of the ipad for documentation. Can you please help with this serious problem?


National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
61.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© National Institute for Excellence in Teaching


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