Experience

I have used video in a variety of ways, but the first time I used video in my classroom, I was told by my assistant principal that we would each be videotaping ourselves as we teach a lesson, and then watching it with her to debrief the lesson. I was amazed at what I was made aware of from the opportunity to take the role of "student" in my classroom. Together with the AP we set goals for my next steps. Since I was part of seeing the video, I was part of the process of goal setting and was therefore able to really buy-in to the next steps. Now as an instructional coach, watching clips of a teacher's practice with the teacher can have the effect of moving a full jump ahead of where we might have gotten simply through debriefs. We also upload videos to the Teaching Channel and share practice across schools, so that teachers, especially those who don't have a collaborator, can start to collaborate with one another.


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3 Years Ago

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I wish there were more formalized protocols for videos. Using the teaching channel we have the opportunity to make time-stamped video comments. I have appreciated this, since I can give "real time" feedback on a lesson. I love how soundcloud allows the comments to stream with the music, so that you can see right at a specific time what people think. I wish there was a similar platform for teachers to use with education.

3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Welcome to the RDC, Rachel. I really like your Soundcloud thought; I don't know much about SC, but the idea sounds cool. I hope you will explore that in more depth during Stage Two of the RDC.

3 Years Ago

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Thank you! I hope so, too. I think there are some good possibilities for collaboration, especially for teachers who are not able to get regular feedback or grade level/team support.

3 Years Ago

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I have also been thinking about how to create more education communities, especially as we start to use the CCSS in most states. I wish we had a way to post more exemplar lessons that could be models for HOW and WHAT to teach. In addition, with the above idea of streaming comments along with video, some people could be tasked with giving info about why they chose the teacher move they chose. Having it linked to lesson/unit plans could allow teachers to share resources and also get feedback that they are often getting only in limited doses at their school.

3 Years Ago

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

Rachel, I love the idea of adding the reflective comments throughout the video. It reminds me of Pop Up Video on VH1 way back. In this sense, the reflections would pop up. it gives viewers to either watch the video themselves to analyze or get a peak into the teachers thought process through the streaming comments. Love it!

3 Years Ago

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Yes, that's exactly what I imagined! I hadn't made that connection, but yes, just like the Pop Up Videos. It would be great to see all the ideas that teachers have, and filters could be added so that you could turn on or off comments. Thanks for the comment! It got me excited. :-)

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