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How might we enrich video with other resources or experiences so that it better supports your practice?

In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.


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Supporting with observation data

The idea is simple. You download the SCOA-app (School Observation App) from the app-store. With this observation tool you can observe your colleague on specific topics or areas (e.g. providing positive feedback or Opportunities to respond) and share the data with your colleague. You can discuss the data and design and interventions. They will be evaluated by doing observations after a period of time.

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Over 5 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Margreet, thank you for sharing and welcome to the RDC. I am not familiar with the app, but I'd love to hear about how we can use this more. Is there something, other than just using an app, that can enhance this process? Are there any drawbacks to the app that we could address.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Brandy P Community Guide

LA Urban Teacher Residency

Margreet--Thanks for sharing! To echo Chris, I'm wondering how the app works.

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Dawn F

Jefferson-Lewis BOCES

I like this idea. I would take it a step further and use the teacher evaluation rubric from the district. Create groups based on teacher interest in improving a certain area. Teachers would video and critique their lessons only through that one lens. Later, another group could be started for a different topic. If teachers are reluctant to have others critique their own lesson, they could take a period of time to critique their own lesson and make their own improvements before joining a group.

Over 5 Years Ago

I think this is a great idea, but how do we address the concern of students who have signed a waver not to be video taped. Also, who is doing the taping? Does a student hold a camera, or do we need to pay for a free standing camera with a tripod? Does an administrator video the teacher during the observation and use the video as a resource to refer to during feedback sessions? Hearing is one thing, but seeing yourself doing what they mention is far more powerful.

Over 5 Years Ago

I think you're right Joseph. You need to be very careful about the parental consent. In the Netherlands we have protocols for that and it works out quite well. Thank you for bringing the idea a bit further Dawn! We are starting to experiment with using video data AND the SCOA-app in Communities of Practice of teachers (A group of teachers learning collaboratively; see the work of Wenger or Snyder on Communities of Practice). By collecting and sharing this data the teachers' Community of Practice designs, implements and evaluates interventions to improve their teaching. The SCOA-app is easy to use, teacher-friendly and can be used in different ways. It can be used to observe teacher behavior and student behavior. It was developed under supervision of Terry Scott, professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Louisville (see URL). Christopher, I couldn't tell you what the drawbacks of this app could be, other than that in my opinion it should be primarily used for training and not for evaluation or teacher assessments. More information can be obtained through Terry Scott!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Karen H

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Margaret, I'm so glad you mention evaluation and assessment of teachers. This is a very fine line that must be approached carefully. Your intent to provide a framework for constructive self- and peer-evaluation is commendable, but the process will not function as you intended if the video is also tied to evaluation of educators. Doing so enters the very murky waters of placing a peer's comments that were intended constructively at the disposal of an administrator, effectively turning the peer observation into a review. How could your plan be tweaked to safeguard against this possibility?

Over 5 Years Ago

You are absolutely right about that, Karen! Self and peer-evaluation should be approached very carefully and should never be linked to evaluation of principals or managers, unless the person gives permission to do that. It is very hard if not impossible to learn freely about yourself and your work if you feel the pressure of evaluation on it. Therefore video should be used and kept in a secure and safe environment. One of those environments is a video system called Iris Connect, developed by a British company, a professional development platform for teachers. They developed technology (fancy cameras that can follow the teacher while working in his/her classroom or zoom in on students) to support teachers to film, reflect and develop their practice. This is a very secure environment in which the teacher or Masterstudent decides who can have access to the videotapes. We will be using it as an experimental tool next year in our new Master program for students that work in innovative schools that promote 21st century skills and ICT. Be happy to share our experiences in due time.

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