Edtech’s fastest video uploader just got faster

A few weeks ago we quietly released an update for the Edthena Video Tool.

We haven’t advertised it much, but the truth is we completely changed the way we’re compressing videos. The Video Tool is now faster, more efficient, and produces videos of higher quality.

Don’t believe us? The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Video quality is now almost double
  • Last week we had a 99.4% success rate across all upload attempts
  • Compression and upload time is now 30% faster

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Those numbers are the average. Some users are seeing extreme improvements.

One user in Delaware compressed and uploaded a 53 minute video in only nine minutes! 

We’re OK with admitting that this is something we’re pretty proud of.

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How Video Observation Changed Roles for Teacher Candidates and Coaches

Last fall George Mason University flipped the switch on introducing video to its entire M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction-Elementary Education program.

Now Edthena is part of students’ professional development in all of their courses and field-based experiences.

Recently we shared Audra Parker’s webinar presentation about how GMU adopted video. Here are her answers to a few additional questions…

How did the teacher candidates react to the introduction of video observation?

I’ll admit there was an initial period of anxiety. However, we scaffolded the process by asking students to upload and share simple, non-evaluative tasks.

After reflecting on the initial assignments on Edthena, students noticed things about their practice or about a child’s behavior that they were not aware of before!

Students quickly came to see the value of video and video coaching in their professional development. Any initial apprehension faded away.

How has using video changed your role as a coach?

As both a peer coach in my old elementary school and as a coach of pre-service teachers in all stages of teacher education, I often made word-for-word, scripted notes to try and “capture” a teaching event.

Transitioning to using video with Edthena has drastically changed the depth and quality of my coaching.

Post-observation conferences with students are now professional conversations, supplemented by reflection that’s grounded in visual evidence – not memory or written notes.

How has video observation changed the culture around observation?

Without video, post-observation reflections between a student and a coach needed to happen very soon after the observation was conducted.

By using Edthena and removing the required immediacy, students are not burdened by the emotional responses that often occur right after a lesson.

Now they are able to be much more subjective and rational in their reflections. This allows for conversations with coaches to be as purposeful and productive as possible.gmu

How has video observation changed the role of the teacher candidates in the observation process?

Now that students have space between execution and reflection, they can analyze course readings and make connections with research.

Ultimately, this shifts the onus of the conversation from the coach to the student—it puts them in charge of their reflection, and coaches are able to facilitate rather than direct.

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Not everyone has a Nancy: We created a site full of edTPA tips

Finishing edTPA is an important and challenging part of the process for many teacher candidates.

If you’re not already convinced, take a look at #edTPA tweets.edtpatips fbook

Last fall, we happened to meet Nancy Casey, a professor at St. Bonaventure University. She helped her candidates prepare for edTPA by sending them a set of tips via email.

We realized that not all candidates have access to Nancy or someone like her.

So we gathered the tips and turned them into edtpatips.com, a site for all candidates at all institutions.

As of the launch, there are approximately 50 edTPA tips!

You can subscribe to get a tip each day on Twitter or Facebook.

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Why UW thinks Edthena is a game-changer for teacher education

The College of Education at University of Washington has been using Edthena for four years.

In this video, faculty share how they’re using Edthena to realize research-backed concepts they know are important to teacher learning.


Three Steps for Adopting Video With Purpose

Audra Parker believes it’s possible to make a swift program transition to using video. She knows because she did it herself.

Audra oversaw the adoption of Edthena this past year as the program coordinator for elementary education at George Mason University.

And, as she details in this webinar, “we actually went from zero use of video in our program to pretty consistent use across courses and field experiences all in the span of a year.”

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