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Edthena
by Edthena
GRADES / Elementary (Grades K-4), High School (Grades 9-12), Higher Education, Middle School (Grades 5-8), Pre-K
PRICING PLANS / License
PLATFORMS / Web Browser, iPhone App, iPad App, Mac, Windows

Online video coaching for teacher observation & feedback using collaborative commenting tools

Overview

Edthena allows teachers to upload videos of themselves teaching and share it with peers and coaches, who then comment on the video. The product is designed so that reviewers can quickly jump to specific comments or moments in the video, and to facilitate conversation about a video, rather than one-off comments. The product requires a paid license to use.

APPROACH

The prerequisite for using the core features of Edthena is a video of a teacher teaching. Videos can be recorded from any device with a video camera (computer, smartphone, standalone video camera, etc.) and uploaded to Edthena. To facilitate this process, Mac and PC users can download an Edthena video tool application, which allows users to drag-and-drop a video that will automatically be uploaded to Edthena. Alternatively, iOS users can download the Edthena app, which will automatically upload captured video into the tool.

Once a video is uploaded, teachers add additional contextual information and can share their videos with other Edthena users; by default, videos uploaded to Edthena are private and can only be seen by the uploader. Videos can be shared with individual educators or coaches, or with pre-determined groups.

The core of the Edthena tool is the ability to watch and comment on teacher videos. Users watching a video click a button to pause the video and add time-stamped comments. These comments are categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths or notes. Comments can also be tagged with a standardized framework. After a comment is completed, a bright mark remains on the timeline of the video, allowing the video’s uploader (or other users) to jump quickly to comments in the video. A feed at the bottom of the page also summarizes these comments and allows a user to jump to them.

Teachers and coaches can also use these features to have a conversation about teaching practice, rather than to specifically review a fellow teacher. For example, through Edthena users can access thousands of recorded lessons from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching Project. Users can watch and comment on these videos as they would one that they have uploaded themselves.

Coaches can also use Edthena to design “Explorations” for educators, custom learning plans in which educators can also share non-video evidence of their learning. Within Explorations, Coaches can set rubrics for teacher evaluation and assess their progress on the rubric over time. Edthena allows coaches and teachers to track growth on the rubric over time.

PRICING

To inquire about pricing, visit the Edthena website.

Product Brief

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Case Studies1
Karen
Professional Learning Coach, St Vrain Valley Schoo District, Colorado

To be honest, there was not necessarily a problem per se that we were trying to solve when implementing Edthena into our coaching practice. What we were aspiring to achieve was a meaningful and "organic" system for accelerating teacher practice that would complement our district coaching process. As research indicates, video analysis of one's own teaching practices is one such tool that can accomplish this acceleration in teacher behavior. Further, guided/coached video analysis is a meaningful way to scaffold teachers' reflective practices as they view their video. Hence, our impetus for implementing Edthena was that of supporting teacher reflection through video coaching.

Summit Reflections 9
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Faculty Developer/Teacher Trainer. School Type: Higher Education, High ELL Population

While you can trim the videos, it currently does not have the capability to edit clips in the middle of a video. For a long class (3+ hrs), you end up with a long video that can be shortened by skipping some group work footages. Another potentital challenge is that a static camera capturing the v...

PRODUCT VIDEOS

Edthena User Interview
Edthena User Interview
Testimonial (University of Washington)
Testimonial (University of Washington)
Edthena Overview
Edthena Overview

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

James Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Faculty Developer/Teacher Trainer. School Type: Higher Education, High ELL Population

While you can trim the videos, it currently does not have the capability to edit clips in the middle of a video. For a long class (3+ hrs), you end up with a long video that can be shortened by skipping some group work footages. Another potentital challenge is that a static camera capturing the v...

Suzanne Full starFull starFull starFull starNo star
Technology Librarian. School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

The three things I would improve are: 1) add incentives for participation (buttons, badges), then at school-level administrators could give prizes for most giving constructive feedback 2) Make a max number of comments so that a teacher is not overwhelmed (but unlimit...

PRICING PLANS

License

Full-Access User License - Licensed users are the ones who are uploading videos. With this account comes the ability to utilize the full suite of Edthena features. Organizations will have access to utilizing the video upload tools, groups, video conversations, METX video library (from Gates Foundation), learning cycle design & management tools, and reporting.
Can be purchased by School Leader or District Administrator.

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

This product is accessible via a web browser -- Optimized for mobile browsers
This product is available as a native application on the following devices:
Mac
Download available at http://downloaded.directlyfromedthena.com
Windows
Download available at http://downloaded.directlyfromedthena.com
iPad App
Download available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edthena/id1059215018?mt=8
iPhone App
Download available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edthena/id1059215018?mt=8

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Audience

For Teachers For Teachers

Characteristics

Anytime Anywhere Anytime Anywhere
Content Repository Content Repository
Instructional Skills Instructional Skills
Pedagogies Pedagogies
Professional Development Professional Development
Reporting Systems Reporting Systems
Teacher Choice Teacher Choice
TFA Founder TFA Founder
Video Library Video Library
Video Share Platform Video Share Platform