Barbara Stengel has long recognized the potential versatility of video as a development tool.
As Associate Chair of Teacher Education at Vanderbilt University, she is constantly balancing the need to implement research-based strategies with the desire to do it in ways that makes professors and teacher candidates happy.
Edthena fits into that category for her, and it’s one reason why teacher candidates at Vanderbilt now use Edthena in all stages of their preparation and development.
How does the use of video look across your various programs after a year with Edthena?
Our undergraduate licensure program uses video in methods classes to document on-site rehearsals and first attempts at critical practices. Students in this program also use Edthena for edTPA portfolio preparation.
Our in-service teachers use video observation and reflection to analyze student thinking – the process in which students sequence ideas and reach conclusions. Our teachers use this to inform their instruction and practice.
And, unsurprisingly, my team and I have found that video allows us to see our master’s level candidates’ thinking and problem solving processes more clearly, too – which of course is very valuable.
What about Edthena supports your varied use of the platform for classroom observation?
Edthena can be used in these different contexts because it can be used both for self reflection as well as group practice.
Not to mention, both candidates and in-service teachers alike all come to truly enjoy the reflection and collaboration process. They WANT to see themselves and their peers in action.
Edthena also informs my practice as a professor and allows me to more easily collaborate with coaches and mentors.
What makes using Edthena different from other tools you’ve tried in the past?
Edthena makes the process of both reflection and providing feedback easy. It’s easy to share and find videos. That teachers can share their videos with others and get-and-give feedback in a nonthreatening, constructive space seems really valuable.
The way video conversations are set up – with the four specific types of feedback – makes it very easy to offer constructive feedback. I also appreciate the added space that allows me to provide private, constructive comments.