Edthena Selected by Judges to Join California Superintendent at edSurge Tech for Schools Summit

We’re excited to share that Edthena has been selected to join State Superintendent Tom Torlakson at the edSurge California Tech for Schools Summit, scheduled to be held at the University of California, Davis on Tuesday, August 4. The Summit is cohosted by the California Department of Education and the CDE Foundation.

Edthena edSurge Tech for Schools Summit CaliforniaEdthena helps teachers get better at teaching by bringing observation and feedback online. Teachers upload video of their classroom instruction and share to people on the other end who provide feedback at specific moments in time.

Companies selected to participate in the Summit were reviewed by an advisory panel of more than 20 leading educators from around California.

“We’re excited about giving all district superintendents in California a chance to explore some of the most innovative education technology opportunities available,” says Superintendent Torlakson. “EdSurge’s California Summit will help educators connect with technology leaders who may provide them with ideas about how to help get all our schools the technology and connectivity they need to close the digital divide and help all our students succeed.”

The Summit is drawing Superintendents, their key staff and other education leaders from around California.  The primary activity of the day will be conversations between educators and edtech leaders, with an emphasis on candid feedback and articulating the needs of educators. “We’re connecting the people who share the goal of supporting our students,” says Betsy Corcoran, cofounder and CEO of EdSurge.

“This is an important time to engage with California district leaders,” said Adam Geller, Edthena CEO. “The state is making considerable investments in professional development in the coming years thanks to Prop 98, and we believe Edthena can be one of the ways that districts accelerate teacher learning.”

Three leading thinkers on blended learning will discuss lessons learned from implementing blended learning around the US: Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education; Michael Horn, cofounder of the Clayton Christensen Institute; and Palo Alto High School teacher and international speaker, Esther Wojcicki, co-author of Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom.

Learn more about the California Tech for Schools Summit here.

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Observing Educators Across Washington For Board Certification

Nancy Rosenberg helps full-time educators become Board Certified behavior analysts. They are located throughout the state of Washington, and the program takes place entirely online.

Nancy RosenbergNancy and her team for the Applied Behavior Analysis Distance Education program at the University of Washington have used video to observe candidates since the program started.

Last year they switched to using Edthena for their video observation process.

Right away, they noticed that Edthena could support a number of critical functions and processes that other platforms simply could not offer.

What was it like using video with students before Edthena?

While video has been critical to the program since we started it three years ago, up until this year, every part of the process was cumbersome – from the uploading and transmission of videos, to the process of even just watching them.

Trying to engage in feedback conversations around videos was particularly clumsy. The candidate had to turn in a separate log with time stamps of where in the video they had demonstrated skills, and the coach had to flip back-and-forth between this document and the video.

The same clumsy process was used for the coach to deliver feedback, praise, and suggestions to the student. Coaches had to write a separate document after watching a candidate’s video, giving time stamps as to where particular actions took place or where they thought improvements could be made. It was terribly inconvenient.

How did Edthena help streamline your video coaching process?the university of washington

Switching to Edthena has made our process much, much smoother, for both the students and their coaches.

Now when our educators submit a video of themselves in action, they are required to pinpoint the places where they believe they are demonstrating particular skills. Coaches then respond at those particular points in time with both encouragement and suggestions on the student’s use of that skill.

Edthena helped us make sure the candidates know exactly what they are demonstrating and when. And it has also made it very easy for coaches to provide their feedback. This is very important to us.

Now that you’ve used Edthena, would you ever go back to using those old systems?


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Shane Martin joins Edthena Education Advisory Board

Edthena is excited to announce the addition of Shane Martin to our Education Advisory Board. Martin is dean of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education and state commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.Shane P Martin

The Edthena Education Advisory Board ensures that we receive highly-qualified, outside opinions on the direction of our development. Other members include distinguished individuals like Deborah Ball, dean of University of Michigan School of Education, and Jeff Wetzler, executive vice president for innovation at Teach For America.

“Decades of research have demonstrated that video is an effective tool for teacher learning. Edthena has developed an innovative approach that helps any organization adopt video and use it in meaningful ways,” said Martin. “Their potential for large-scale impact on how we prepare and support teachers is clear to me.”

“Edthena is focused on building tools to facilitate feedback, so having additional feedback on our own product and company strategy is in service of continually increasing our own effectiveness,” said Adam Geller, CEO of Edthena.LMU

Martin is also a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners. He received the National Catholic Educational Association’s Michael J. Guerra Leadership Award in 2005, the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ, Award in 2009, and the Loyola High School Alumni Association’s Cahalan Award in 2008.


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Becoming a Program That Uses Video to Support Teacher Learning

At this year’s AACTE Annual Meeting, our partners from the University of Michigan’s School of Education shared how they transformed their program into one that uses video.

Watch to learn how they adopted Edthena and what kind of impact it had on their program.

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Edthena selected as SETDA Emerging Private Sector Partner

We are excited to announce that the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has selected Edthena for its third cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners.

SETDA is the membership association representing U.S. states and territories. It is comprised of leaders who often serve in the state departments of education and help guide state-level decision making for education technology.

SETDA Private Sector emerging partner

Edthena is one of nine companies making up the cohort.  The company was selected based on our capacity to leverage technology to serve needs in the PreK-12 and pre-service education parts of the market, as well as our potential to scale on a state-wide and multi-state basis.

“State educational technology leaders will receive the benefit of learning about our strategic partners’ high quality digital learning products and services,” stated Lan Neugent, SETDA Interim Executive Director. “At the same time, these companies will benefit from greater understanding of existing and emerging policies and practices in the states.”

“We believe that partnering with SETDA will allow Edthena an opportunity to accelerate our understanding of state-level needs related to teacher learning and teacher professional development,” said Adam Geller.

Edthena will present at the upcoming Emerging Technologies Forum on June 26 in Philadelphia, Pa., and engage with the SETDA membership during the next twelve months.

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