5 Ways Video Can Transform Classroom Instruction
Expand the classroom with video
Educators often look at a new technology and wonder how it will support ongoing improvement in teaching practice. Will it be cost effective and easy to use?
Early attempts to harness video weren’t always successful because videos were hard to share in a useful context. But today, advanced video tools make it possible for classroom instruction to benefit in a meaningful way — one that delivers ongoing improvement to individual teachers, plus the capacity to benefit an entire community of teachers through peer mentoring. Let’s take a look at how.
1. Self-reflection and self-evaluation
New teachers often have trouble keeping up with everything going on in a dynamic classroom. Guided self-reflection with video helps a teacher see what students and observers see, creating a dramatic leap forward in teaching practice. Videos can be stored in easily-accessible libraries to record progress over time.
Coaching is kept on target as video guides a continuous improvement process. After coaches review the recording, the feedback is integrated by teachers in the classroom and then reviewed again — creating a continuous cycle of improvement until goals are met. A huge advantage of video is that constraints of time and travel are eliminated.
3. Video libraries
Ever been inspired by a great teacher? Watching experienced teachers in the classroom can lead to growth when coupled with interactive exercise and commentary.
4. Learning Communities
Best practices can easily be defined in a library of videos of familiar teachers and students. These videos can then be shared with student teachers and other peers. Using video for peer mentoring and collaboration within a district or educational community is a powerful way to increase knowledge and share best practices.
Use video to create an authentic window of the classroom. Video observation allows teachers to be reviewed more accurately and efficiently. Video can also be used remotely, allowing for classroom observation without an observer having to be physically present.
Whether by supporting evaluations or by equipping teachers and coaches with useful tools for reflection, increasingly video is helping educators improve their practice. Learn more about how Frontline’s solutions can help your district use video to its fullest potential.