Professional Development

Colorado’s Online Professional Learning Platform Integrates Video Coaching

The Colorado Education Association (CEA) is embedding video observation and feedback into its online professional development (PD) platform called COpilot.

The statewide federation CEA — comprised of 35,000 K–12 teachers and education support professionals, higher education faculty and support professionals, retired educators and college students studying to become teachers — launched COpilot last February to give its members access to online classes with peer-to-peer teacher support. The CEA is the first state affiliate of the National Education Association to roll out such a platform.

COpilot now offers video-powered PD through Edthena. Educators can use the platform to upload videos of their classroom instruction and then share those videos with coaches who can give timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths and notes.

Coaches can add timestamped comments on videos to offer instructional support to teachers. Image: Edthena.

“With Edthena, teachers who are taking classes on COpilot can collaborate with each other in a unique and personalized way, which is something many of them have never experienced,” wrote Casey Kilpatrick, dir ector of learning services at the CEA, in the blog post announcement. “Edthena really is the best video coaching platform we looked at. It adds cutting-edge technology to our teachers’ experience.”

Several Colorado educators presented on Edthena integration at the recent Colorado Education Association Leadership Conference, which can be seen below. Further information is available on the Edthena blog.

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at sravipati@1105media.com.

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