Observation Platform Adds New Graphing Tool for PD Trendspotting
Edthena has added a new
feature to its classroom video observation platform that is designed to
the feedback loop it provides for teachers' professional development.
The new Comments Stats tool
organizes comments made by both teachers and coaches into a visual form
effort to better see patterns over time and throughout a school or an
With Edthena's existing
platform, teachers upload video of their classroom practice, allowing
it to be
reviewed not only by themselves but by their professional development
Then both they and their coaches can insert comments divided into four
categories: questions, suggestions, strengths and notes.
The new Comment Stats tool
now automatically generates reports and graphs that show comments by
and by tags that users like to use. Teachers can, at once, look across
made by themselves or coaches over time for more insight into their
At the same time, coaches and administrators can use the tool to look
comments across multiple teachers in a program or school to identify
stats can be calculated on a
whole-group and a teacher-by-teacher
basis. Aggregating data at the group level offers decision makers the
to analyze their overall PD program.
example, if a school is
prioritizing the use of academic language in the content areas this
they only have a few comments where this is noticed throughout
it would indicate that more attention is necessary.
averages can also be
calculated across the group to help understand any individual teacher's
a comparative context of the whole group. Finally, the Comment Stats
used retroactively, allowing input from video and comments made before
Comment Stats tool allows
comment data to be used in even more meaningful ways so educators and
can identify trends, lead professional learning conversations and help
teaching practices." Said Edthena Founder and CEO Adam Geller.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.