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One of the fastest-growing trends in education is the use of classroom video for coaching teachers on improving instruction. Schools now have access to compact and affordable video cameras that easily can be set up in the classroom. These are powerful tools for working with teachers to build on their strengths and to address their weaknesses.
Your impressions from classroom observations are often subjective and difficult to describe and remember. Videos provide a reliable, objective physical record that anyone can review–administrators, peers and teachers themselves. Reviewing video with teachers creates opportunities for a level of candor and detailed analysis that is not possible when each party is relying on memory and impressions. But there are pitfalls to its use and integrating video in your professional development program for teachers needs to be done with care, too.
In this webinar, Jim Knight, a renowned coach of instructional coaches from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, gives you practical tips on using video in professional development. For the past three years, Jim has been working with micro-cameras in accelerating professional learning. Jim can help you avoid the pitfalls of video use and help you get started with video or become more effective at using it.
- Why video should be an important part of professional learning
- basics of introducing video into your professional development program
- Integrating video into varied professional learning activities
- Structuring conversations around classroom video recordings, and
- Developing video study groups so that educators can profitably learn in teams
- Do’s and don’ts for using video in professional development