Capturing high-quality video examples of teaching has never been easier with the variety of mobile devices available today. Edthena’s classroom observation platform provides an easy way to upload and collaborate on videos so administrators, coaches, and teachers can engage in meaningful, data-driven professional learning. With the platform, teachers quickly and easily upload videos of their classroom instruction from any video camera and then share those videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. Simple enough, but the platform also automatically generates reports and graphs that show these comments by their type and by any of the school’s or district’s associated professional standards. These visuals go far to help teachers and their coaches identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and have a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices. Edthena has been recognized as the leader in video professional learning with multiple education awards including District Administration Top Product, Tech & Learning Award of Excellence, SIIA CODiE Best Professional Learning Solution for K-20 Faculty and Administrative Staff, and EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award for Best Professional Development Learning Solution. Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in more than 30 states use the Edthena platform as an integral part of teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and/or peer observation. Learn more from this interview and from organizations using video-based observation to transform their professional development on Edthena’s blog.
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