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How might we use video to create professional learning experiences that inspire?

In Stage 1, you shared teaching isn’t just about skills and content knowledge. Professional learning experiences should also kindle our passion for this work.

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Kimberly M

Inquiry Partners

Capturing Student Voices via Video

Educators are nourished by the responses of their students; the good, the bad and the ugly. When students talk about their experiences, ideas, insights, it moves us to action and often inspires us to change behavior, beliefs and approaches. Capturing authentic student voice, however, is challenging. Written surveys are tedious to students and take time for educators to compile. Video is a powerful and much more authentic way to capture student voice and share it with teachers. Plus, students love it! Video is such a huge part of their lives already (YouTube, vines, etc). With the right questions and filming environment, students can share what works/what doesn't work with more honesty and usually more depth. They appreciate talking through their ideas rather than filling in bubbles and fitting words into allotted spaces. Video captures tone and emotion and body language. Video helps us better understand how our students really feel without misinterpreting written responses.

Potential Impact

Students will feel better understood and heard. As digital natives, they are already comfortable and adept with video as a medium. Teachers, and anyone who works with students, will gain greater insight about their teaching and coaching as well as how students are making sense of content; what is working, what is not working, what themes or ideas are being successfully connected or not, what are teachers doing instructionally that is getting noticed and how are students connecting ideas and where might they need additional support. The possibilities are endless!

Possible Implementation

Students could be offered multiple opportunities to record themselves on video (either their own phones or a camera set up somewhere at the school). Footage is reviewed, edited and produced by the students themselves or a designated teacher. The video is then sent directly to the teacher using DropBox and stored by the teacher on the cloud. Students sign release forms before filming themselves. The challenge would be in getting all students to participate so that the diversity of voices are captured and heard.


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Over 5 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Hi Kimberly, welcome to RDC. I believe that student voice and perspective is very important as well. What thing I wonder though is how honest a student would be about a "poor" teacher performance if they had to associate their faces with the responses. What do you think? Have you had a positive experience similar to this idea? Thanks for your idea!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Kimberly M

Inquiry Partners

Hi Val! Thank you for the welcome and response. It's a good one. As we've piloted this, we have encouraged students to speak very generally, if possible, about 'what works' and what doesn't for them (omitting teacher names). This makes it easier for them to be honest and doesn't make the experience as scary (on both sides). We've also noticed that video provides the right amount of 'distance'` (for both student and teacher), given the asynchronous sharing - and provides reflection time.

Over 5 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

This is a great idea....I have a similar idea. Allowing students to video themselves responding to your lesson provides an excellent way for students to not only be heard but it is also fostering that speaking and listening standard that is so crucial and overarching. What a tool we have....even if the students couldn't do an actual video, a blog or a place such as this to provide feedback would be of benefit as well. We would have to help students get over the fear that if they say something that the teacher will get irritated with them. I like to think of my students as being on the journey with me - in a professional way of course. Their ideas and innovations are so important in my classroom. They are the reason we are there. Especially in middle school - you either have to love teaching children or you don't stay in middle school!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Kimberly M

Inquiry Partners

Absolutely, Mindi. I think helping students to give productive and honest feedback is a critical skill (I know many adult professionals who still struggle with this). And you're right; it does reinforce the speaking and listening standards so well. Thanks for the response!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Chris B

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Wonderful idea, Kimberly! I love how student-centered your idea is, and you devised steps that ensure students own the process of sharing their thinking. This is a medium that where students have a lot of comfort and it should yield more honest thinking about teaching and learning than a traditional survey.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Kimberly M

Inquiry Partners

Thanks so much, Chris! Have you integrated this at the AUSL?

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