Edthena Is Video Coaching For Today’s Teachers
One of the keys to student success is professional development. Teachers committed to continually bettering themselves see those results trickle down almost immediately to their students. The problem is, more and more teachers and administrators have less and less time for professional development.
The days of an administrator sitting in the back of the room with a legal pad and a pencil for observation are clearly behind us. There just aren’t enough hours in the day and enough money in the budget to have effective teacher observations and constructive feedback sessions. Add to that, the fact that the administrator review is just one side of the story.
Edthena allows teachers to get critical feedback from their school and district leadership as well as collaborative peer feedback from other teachers across their grade level, subject, school or even district.
The platform is easy to use. In fact teachers can be up and running in three easy steps.
First, teachers take a video of their classroom instruction with any kind of video camera. It can even be an iPad or smartphone. The Edthena mobile app makes uploading very easy for even the busiest and least tech savvy of teachers.
Teachers than upload the video to the Edthena platform to share with a coach or group. The school or district can control the size and members of the group. Groups can be grads level, subject based, across a school or even an entire district. Edthena takes their security and the security of the teachers sharing videos, very seriously. Only members of the group can see the videos and that’s after the teacher decides who to share it with.
Once posted, coaches and peers can do one click commenting on the video. It’s just about as easy as commenting on a YouTube video.
Teachers sharing their videos with one another leads to more effective feedback and even idea sharing on different ways to teach lessons.
“Conversations that would have only taken place if initiated by a coach during a formal PLC meeting are now taking place between teachers across grade-levels and departments. Teachers are now giving each other feedback that pushes everyone to improve their practice. This has been transformative for the entire school.” Amanda Huza, Principal, Equity Middle School, said on Edthena’s website.
Find out the benefits of Edthena for yourself at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th, booth #1542 and online at edthena.com
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