New app launches for online video coaching

New app release enables direct uploading from mobile devices

A new iOS app from Edthena, a video coaching platform for classroom observation, lets teachers upload video of classroom instruction directly from mobile devices.

“Our new app now makes it possible to have a video uploaded before the class period is finished,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena.

Teachers using Edthena analyze their instructional practice through recorded video and online collaboration tools. They upload videos of classroom instruction and share with colleagues who provide time-synced comments.

Launched in 2011, the Edthena platform helps schools and districts implement video observation in many scenarios including teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.

Edthena has long offered a desktop video tool to aid the process of video compression and video upload. The mobile app, which was in development for nearly six months, will make the process even easier by automatically uploading the video immediately after the recording stops.

“A key aspect of any video coaching process is a reliable and easy way to get videos online,” said Geller.

“Our mobile app provides an option for an on-the-go upload that remains reliable and easy to use.”

Diane Lauer, executive director of professional development in St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, an Edthena partner, believes the addition of an iOS app was the next logical step in Edthena’s evolution.

“We are a 1:1 district, so having our teachers use their iPad minis really will change the pace of the observation and the feedback process which, in turn, will accelerate the enhancements teachers can implement to improve their craft,” said Lauer.

Edthena partners with schools, districts, university training programs, and even entire states like South Dakota, which uses Edthena to power a virtual coaching network for secondary math teachers.

Laura Ascione

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