Top product: Edthena video observation and collaboration platform
District Administration® and FETC®’s Top Ed Tech Products of the Year contest spotlights the most innovative new solutions on the market that are helping school leaders meet the ever-evolving education technology needs of their districts and schools.
A panel of experts chose 15 winners from more than 130 submissions, all of which will be featured during the in-person Future of Education Technology Conference® Jan. 26-28 in Orlando.
Here’s a look at one of the Top Ed Tech Products of 2022:
Edthena video observation and collaboration platform
What it is:Edthena helps you streamline feedback to your teachers. Teachers upload videos of instruction—classroom or online—and colleagues can provide timestamped feedback. Edthena is used by schools and districts across the country to support PLCs, ongoing observations, peer observations, teacher induction, Japanese lesson study, and even micro-credential learning. Districts can also build secure video libraries, sharable to all district staff, filled with exemplar videos tagged to curriculum and district standards.
Why we like it: This tool is timely as teacher observations were limited during COVID. This tool allows teachers to record their lessons and get feedback from their department chair, PLC, administrator, or team member. It also allows teachers to share model lessons that work. Self-reflection during the review process of lessons has demonstrated the greatest growth in teaching skills. The National Board Certification process included video analysis years ago because the research on teacher improvement after video reflection is very high. This tool allows for others to add comments and give feedback in real-time while watching the video. It replaces in-room observations that can cause stress with an administrator in the room.
As always, we encourage you to perform your own due diligence before making any investments.