How AI Coach Helps Teachers While Providing Autonomy and Privacy (THE Journal)
Artificial intelligence is becoming more common in edtech. This edition of THE Journal’s 7 Questions shared insights about AI Coach by Edthena, a professional learning platform for teachers driven by artificial intelligence.
If you’re a school leader providing coaching and PD to teachers, or an educator improving your teaching, a tool featuring autonomy and privacy is key.
In 7 Questions with Edthena CEO Adam Geller, Adam answered what teachers and coaches get from an AI coaching cycle:
The AI Coach platform helps teachers get the insights they need to continuously improve. This is a time savings for administrators and coaches who can’t make it to all classrooms frequently.
Here are some highlights from just a few of the questions Adam broke down for THE Journal.
AI Coach by Edthena supports effective teaching and better student outcomes
THE Journal: What unmet need prompted the development of the AI Coach professional development platform?
Teachers want – and need – a more flexible way to focus on their professional goals and to continually engage in professional learning.
Teachers tell us AI Coach by Edthena offers them the type of PD they want: It’s personalized to their needs, gives them autonomy as professionals, and is efficient with their time.
Of course, this is all meant as a supplement to any coaching school leaders and instructional coaches are already delivering. The AI Coach platform is giving teachers the benefit of structured, guided reflection in between their person-to-person observations, which might only happen once or twice per year.
THE Journal: How can the AI Coach platform fit into a district’s established observation and coaching model?
Observation and coaching are meant to help teachers get a clearer picture of what’s actually happening in their classrooms. But the reality is there is more observing to be done than can fit into the hours of the school day for coaches and administrators.
The AI Coach platform helps teachers get the insights they need to continuously improve. The twist, of course, is teachers observe themselves using the structured AI Coach process. This is a time savings for administrators and coaches who can’t make it to all classrooms frequently.
Another benefit to having the AI Coach platform is in-person collaboration and PD days can turn into higher value learning sessions. What I mean by this is teachers will come to those sessions with more (and deeper!) insights about their classrooms having recently collected observational data.
Technology-shy? How AI Coach keeps the coaching process easy and private
THE Journal: Who can see the videos and coaching conversations inside AI Coach?
Only the teacher! The uploaded video is completely private to the teacher engaging in the coaching cycle. The conversation between the teacher and virtual coach is private, too.
THE Journal: What technology and training are needed for a teacher to use the AI Coach platform?
Teachers use their existing mobile devices, tablets, and computers for capturing videos as well as for completing the coaching process. Everything runs inside the web browser, so there’s nothing to install or special technical permissions required.
We really tried to design the in-app training so a building principal can simply share the login link to a teacher … and that’s it! The process is meant to feel very low-effort from a technical training standpoint.
The virtual coach offers constant guidance on the technology to ensure that even a tech-hesitant teacher feels comfortable. For example, before recording a video, the teacher is offered tips for how to record.
Read the full article at THE Journal: 7 Questions with Edthena CEO Adam Geller: How AI Coach Helps Teachers While Providing Autonomy and Privacy
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