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.
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.
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!
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.