How Video is Being Used as a Tool for Teachers to Share Best PracticeNovember 15, 2017
It is something widely accepted that the best educators share with their peers. Whether this be ideas, resources or advice, the way people convey this information in the workplace is changing. Teachers are no exception. In fact, with 43% of teachers now utilizing video in the classroom, it’s no surprise that the way they share best practice with colleagues is also following this shift. With an abundance of video platforms teachers can use, we are fast seeing the versatility of video when it comes to improving teaching.
Making use of online videos
Video sites like YouTube have been popular platforms for people to host educational resources on for the last few years, and are fantastic for bringing in external information to help illustrate a point. For example, if a teacher has spotted something online they feel will benefit their colleagues in their teaching, there’s nothing to say it can’t be shared among them. This could be anything from subject specific information to practical application. The best thing about videos is that they also have good value for providing the entertainment factor, which helps make learning more engaging and memorable. These days, sharing videos can be done easily over mobile or the web, making sharing best practice this way far more time efficient.
Recording teaching in classrooms
However, it can be more beneficial for teachers to share their best practice by showing how they operate in the classroom. There are a number of ways this can be done: recording observations; streaming lessons live to other teachers; recording parts of a lesson a teacher feels demonstrates their ability the most. Many teachers feel this takes the pressure off performing in front of colleagues in a high-pressure environment. Apps like Watch and Learn really help keep teachers topped up on doses of best practice; the ease at which this can be done on the app allows for teachers to send this information across, but also watch other practice at their own convenience, in their own time, in a secure and social setting.
Helping with reflection
Recording teaching also facilitates group reflection. If watched in a training session with other teachers, ideas can be shared on top of the video to help a teacher’s ability improve. More importantly, teachers can take note of the person they’re watching in the video for ideas to help themselves. Often it can provide a better support network for struggling teachers if carried out in a non-judgemental environment.
Creating custom resources
Teaching isn’t the only part of best practice, as resources help make up the backbone to lessons. Sometimes, teachers can have hectic weeks and so struggle to put together resources for certain lessons. With short videos now taking precedence in the classroom, teachers have been starting to create their own to aid with lessons, and provide students with a more immersive and entertaining classroom experience. Watch and Learn allows users to create 3 minute clips that can be used as a way or recording custom advice, or in-lesson resources. Sending these clips is easy and immediate, and it could be that teachers have a group to share information on, keeping them connected on the move.
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