What Edthena Learned as an edTPA Platform Provider

This past spring Edthena became an approved edTPAⓇ platform provider. This means we provide for the secure transfer of edTPA artifacts from Edthena to Pearson for scoring by Pearson-trained and calibrated scorers. Our goal for participating in this process was to use technology to help streamline a difficult yet important step for becoming a teacher in…

Why YouTube isn’t a solution for classroom observation videos

When explaining Edthena to someone for the first time, the common question is why YouTube can’t be utilized to achieve the same end-goals. We’d like to think that there is a lot of value in the way we facilitate collaborative conversation on video. These are things that YouTube isn’t designed to do. But let’s assume…

New policies incorporate video reflection for teacher certification

Recently, Edthena visited the 2013 American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Conference (AACTE) in Orlando, Fla. Integrating video into the teacher certification process was the hot topic this year as a result of edTPA, a multi-measure assessment of a teacher’s readiness to enter the classroom. Aligned with national standards and supported by 24 states…