In Stage 1, Aaron, Asim, Katie, and many other educators shared the importance of collaborating with colleagues to reflect on and apply lessons from PD Video. In Stage 2, Elaine, Jessica, and Rachel shared ideas to use video to improve collaboration with colleagues. Check out how they're bringing these ideas to life to transform collaborative PD.
- Smartphone or computer to record and upload video
- ImproveClass account and app
- Permission forms for anyone shown in videos (provided by ImproveClass)
- At least 4 to 6 participants
- Desire among participants to improve their teaching
- Willingness among participants to share their practice on video, to receive feedback, and to provide feedback to others
Problem Statement & Description
Picture a place where teachers from across the country come together and ask of each other, “How am I doing?” and “How can I do better?”
Innovator Kate Fanelli has designed a feedback process to give teachers specific suggestions for meeting their own goals for improved instruction. The process uses a free online platform that lets teachers share and comment on videos of teaching. Teachers take turns uploading videos of their own teaching with requests for feedback on specific aspects of their practice, while the other teachers review them and offer suggestions.
Use this recipe to join or create a community of teachers engaged in the iSee process.
Create an account at ImproveClass and download the free recording app. About as straightforward as Facebook, ImproveClass helps teachers share video-based classroom observations and exchange growth-focused feedback to improve their practice. Teachers control who has access to their videos, and the peer collaboration process can be completely anonymous. Go to www.improveclass.com to get started and download the free app.
Formulate a focus question. Participants should decide what they want to know about their teaching. To do this, Fanelli recommends asking yourself what answers you’d like to hear, and turning that into your question. For example, you might want someone to tell you how well you’re engaging all students, and how you could do better.
Record your teaching. Viewers should be able to see and hear enough to formulate an answer to your question. But anything much more than 10 minutes may overtax them. Recording with the ImproveClass app makes it easier to upload than using a smartphone’s standard recorder. Make sure you have permission to record any students or other adults shown. Create a test recording first to make sure you’re able to capture enough of what’s being said and done.
Upload your video, with your focus question and essential context. Follow the ImproveClass instructions. Include just enough information so viewers know what they’re seeing, and what you want to know.
Provide feedback on three other videos. A key feature of iSee is the expectation that each participant provides feedback on three videos, so everyone gets feedback from three people on their own video. This has several benefits: Participants feel accountable for contributing when they know they need to share video by a certain date, and provide feedback on other videos a few days later. When they provide feedback they’re also thinking about the type of feedback they want to receive. And from Fanelli’s test, participants report learning as much about teaching from watching others as they did getting feedback on their own instruction.
Review the feedback on your video, respond, and try out suggestions! A “respond” feature on ImproveClass allows for ongoing discussion with those who provide feedback.
Protips for Practical Problem Solving
- Deadlines matter. Participants in Fanelli’s test said if they weren’t expected to share video and provide feedback by certain dates, they might not have gotten to it – and they were glad they did.
- Recruitment is a challenge. Don’t expect teachers to jump at the chance to participate the first time they hear about iSee. Committing to 45-60 minutes to share a video and comment on three others is no small investment given most teachers’ schedules. They need to see the value.