Edthena Wins 2016 EdTech Digest Awards Program for Best Professional Development Learning Solution


Video Coaching Platform Continues to Win Acclaim Receiving Second National Industry

Award Since December


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 18, 2016 – The accolades keep stacking up for Edthena, the venerable video coaching platform and toolset for collaborativeprofessional development just as quickly as teachers can upload a video of their classroom instruction and share it with colleagues.  For the second time in three months, the company has been honored with a noteworthy award.  This time, Edthena was selected as a Cool Tool winner in the best professional development (PD) learning solution category in the 2016 EdTech Digest Awards program.


The Cool Tool awards are presented to the best new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. This year’s program featured dozen of categories in addition to the best PD learning solution, including best new product or services, academic gaming solutions, assessment programs, hardware products, leaders setting a trend and more.


“It’s truly an honor to be recognized among our peers as having the best PD tools available on the market,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “This is a confirmation that 21st century professional development is job-embedded and uses videos of teachers actually teaching to help them understand how to grow in their craft.”


Launched in 2011, the Edthena platform helps schools and districts implement video coaching within a professional development process. Teachers easily and securely upload videos of classroom instruction from computers, tablets or smartphones and share with colleagues who provide time-stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video learning.


A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings.

“Shining a spotlight on the best and the brightest in the EdTech space reminds me of the tremendous paradigm shift our industry is experiencing.  The evidence of technology’s transformative effect on matters of learning for students and educators, is so energizing,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest.  “This year’s program had some very stiff competition and hard decisions were made in selecting the winners.  We’re very proud to honor these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in education technology.”


Named one of District Administration magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top Products for 2015, in December, Edthena partners with schools, districts, university training programs, and even entire states like South Dakota, which uses Edthena to power a virtual coaching network for secondary math teachers.For more information, go to www.edthena.com or visit blog.edthena.com.


NSBA Announces 2016 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

March 16, 2016

Alexandria, Va.  (March 16, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is happy to announce the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to introduce school leaders to new approaches, enabled by technology, that address real issues in K-12 education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “With its unique focus on the intersection of education policy and technology practice, NSBA has a long history of serving as a bridge between the entrepreneurial community and school leaders charged with making critical decisions.”

The 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

FieldTripZoom is an online marketplace for teachers who want a simple way to support their in-class instruction by using live, interactive educational content from around the world through unique collaborations with museums, surgeons, national park rangers, and more.

iCanHelpline is the United States’ first social media helpline for schools. Launched last fall by Silicon Valley-based nonprofits #iCANHELP and Net Family News Inc., and supported by social media companies, it has already successfully provided assistance with cyberbullying, online impersonation, and sexting to more than 300 schools.

Memarden, Inc. believes education is about igniting a student’s passion for learning. Their game-based learning module lets teachers and students make multimedia learning games in minutes. Their project-based learning module encourages deeper learning and critical thinking via student-fueled inquiry and collaboration.

PlanetHS, LLC – The PlanetHS platform connects all aspects of school extra-curricular activities, such as athletics, music, and clubs; improves communication and community support; and provides valuable insight into the correlation of participation in these programs and student academic and life-long success.

ZealLearning, Inc. – Zeal Tutoring delivers live math coaching to a classroom. Students work on a bank of 3000 online K-8 math problems. A Zeal tutor works with each student using a shared whiteboard and audio to solve the problem and check for understanding.

Zulama, LLC – Carnegie Mellon University faculty helped Zulama create a rigorous game design curriculum for middle and high schoolers. Zulama develops STE(A)M skills by connecting core knowledge with computer programming through highly engaging game design projects.

Submissions were solicited from start-up companies providing new approaches to challenges across the K-12 curriculum, administrative operations, and communication channels. Reviewers included educators from NSBA’s “20 to Watch,” a recognition program that honors emerging education technology leaders.

“It can be challenging for school board members and their school districts to stay abreast of all of the latest innovations, given the vast array of new technologies available,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA’s Director of Education Technology. “In highlighting innovative solutions, NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network aims to provide inspiration for decision makers looking for new approaches to both old and new challenges.”

The 2016 class will be featured in an exclusive area of the exhibition and participate in a Tech Innovation Showcase panel during the NSBA Annual Conference in Boston, April 9-11, 2016. Later this summer, they will be featured in NSBA’s magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and participate in a webinar hosted by NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN).

TLN, launched in 1985 by NSBA and its state school boards associations, helps advance the wise use of technology in K-12 education to support learning, operations, and communications.

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org


Orange Unified School District Study Shows Dramatic Gains Using Lexia Reading Core5 in a Blended Learning Model
Statistically Significant Academic Gains Achieved Correlate to Outcomes on DIBELS Next

BOSTON (March 17, 2016) – Like many schools throughout the country, California Elementary School, in Orange Unified School District (USD), faces a significant challenge helping students reach grade-level proficiency in reading. With a student population comprised of 90 percent English Language Learners and 94 percent receiving free or reduced price lunch, many students begin the year two or more years below grade level. To address this challenge, California Elementary School implemented Lexia Reading® Core5® blended learning program as part of a rigorous pilot program in the spring of 2015, which yielded dramatic and statistically significant results.

To read the full news release, click here.