SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 28, 2016 – One of the truisms of today’s professional marketplace is that some skills are better observed than described. To help fill this need, the Edthena classroom observation and coaching platform now offers a video portfolio feature that enables teachers to securely share up to three teaching videos with external parties, such as principals looking for new hires.
“Our new portfolio feature makes it easy for teachers to put together a video resume demonstrating their skills,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “But it’s not just for teacher hiring. Teachers can also create a portfolio for awards submissions, conference proposals or for any instance where they need to share videos of their classroom work with people who are not already using the Edthena platform.”
The portfolio creation tool guides teachers toward developing a targeted and focused presentation of their skills. One of the strong recommendations: use short videos with a total running time of less than 15 minutes.
“We interviewed a host of stakeholders in a school who would review a video portfolio,” said Geller. “They were clear that a portfolio needed to contain a limited amount of video which had a clearly defined purpose. Anything we could do to highlight the teacher’s skills would make their process faster and easier when deciding whether to proceed further in the hiring process.”
Using the Edthena video commenting tools, teachers can leave remarks at specific moments in time to direct viewers’ attention or provide additional context about the classroom environment. Each moment can be tagged to the rows of a proficiency framework or set of standards.
The principal or other hiring professionals, when viewing the portfolio, will see the tagged skills prominently displayed. In addition to the video itself, the reviewer will be able to access documents such as a lesson plan or samples of student work that may have been attached by the teacher.
In making the portfolio, Edthena wanted it to be easy for teachers to share with people who were not registered users of the platform. But this meant that a new security model needed to be developed as well.
“Privacy and security are paramount, so we created a dual layer of security. We wanted teachers to feel confident that every step has been taken to keep their videos secure. There aren’t any other platforms that offer this level of security for sharing combined with this level of ease,” said Geller.
When teachers create a portfolio, they receive a customized URL along with an access code that can be added to a resume or award application.
After reviewers type the access code into the form on the custom URL, they complete an email verification process to receive a login link, which expires automatically after two weeks.
The teachers can see the email domain (but not the name) of everyone who has access. This allows the teacher to monitor which organizations have access and revoke the permission at any point in time.
“Our hope is that having a video portfolio will allow teachers to stand out from other candidates for a job or an award,” Geller said. “Teachers often have a lot of video of their professional skills inside Edthena, and now they have a way to showcase those skills to people outside the Edthena community in a secure and easy way.”
Edthena is a classroom observation and instructional coaching platform that makes teacher videos the core of teacher professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos and share to colleagues who leave time-stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video learning.
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