Edthena classroom observation and professional development platform earns prestigious industry recognition from Software & Information Industry Association
Online, May 18, 2016 (Newswire.com) - On Wednesday, Edthena, a video classroom observation platform for teacher development, was named the best Professional Learning Solution for K-20 Faculty and Administrative Staff as part of the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards, organized by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).
This comes on the heels of recognition as Top Product 2015 by District Administration magazine and Best PD Learning Solution 2016 by EdTech Digest.
"It's exciting to win awards that mirror teachers' own enthusiasm for Edthena as a tool that supports their professional learning," said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. "It's a true honor to receive recognition from our peers in the education industry as a CODiE winner."
Teachers use Edthena for professional development by analyzing teaching videos online. They upload videos of classroom instruction and share with colleagues who provide timestamped comments.
Launched in 2011, Edthena works with schools, districts, and teacher education programs in more than 30 states; their footprint stretches from Washington state to Washington, D.C.
Organizations use Edthena to implement video observation in many scenarios including teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.
"We've been working really hard to tackle even bigger technical challenges while still keeping a focus on strong design and good usability. I think these new product offerings make us an even more complete professional development solution," said Geller.
In the past year, Edthena has released an iOS app for mobile uploading, interactive dashboards for tracking teacher growth against professional standards, an integration with the Gates Foundation METX Video Library, web-based video trimming, a portfolio building tool, and organization-level activity reporting.
An SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honor, as each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and their votes were combined with the scores from the industry experts' to select this year's CODiE Awards winners.
"SIIA's 2016 Education Technology CODiE Award winners were phenomenal this year, and showed how supportive and impactful these technologies are for students, faculty and administration," said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA. "Each honoree deserves accolades and we are pleased to add our congratulations to all of this year's CODiE Award winners."
The winner announcement was made by the SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, to an audience of over 300 education, software, information and business technology leaders. The Best Professional Learning Solution award was one among the 29 total awards for products and services deployed specifically for education and learning professionals.
This is the second nomination and first CODiE win for Edthena.
Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of 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. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.
About the SIIA CODiE Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology's finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit www.siia.net/CODiE.
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/etin.