Video Observation Company Invents Low-Tech Tripod Tool

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:33 am

Edthena is a leader in offering the best online technology for teacher professional learning, yet its latest innovation takes things offline. The new Edthena paper tripod proves that sometimes the best inventions are the simplest ones.


Constructed from a single, die-cut piece of paper folded into a triangular shape, the tripod allows educators to capture high-quality video of their instruction using mobile devices. Like a traditional tripod, the Edthena paper tripod helps educators avoid shaky, hand-held shots as they film.


“We wanted to create a simple solution to help educators capture video on the fly,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “Whether educators are using smartphones or tablets for filming, the paper tripod is designed to work for most mobile devices popular today.”


One of the benefits of the paper tripod is its ability to fold up to the size of a business card. This allows the tripod to be stored and carried around with ease.


Teachers can upload the videos captured using their mobile devices to engage in the video observation and instructional coaching process. Teachers share the videos with colleagues who add timestamped comments.


Edthena enables teachers and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning. Interactive dashboards, linked to the school or district’s professional standards, help teachers and administrators identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and provide a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.


Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in nearly 30 states are using the Edthena platform to make video observation an integral part of teacher observation, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.


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About Edthena

Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and Tech & Learning. For more information, visit For more news about Edthena, visit