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, with advanced video tools from Teachscape, classroom instruction can 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 & 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.

2. Coaching

Coaching is kept on target as video guides a continuous improvement process. After coaches review 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 exercises and commentary. Teachscape Learn contains over 1,500 videos featuring expert-led classroom practice and interactive exercises including videos to implement Common Core curriculum. Also included are recording tools for capturing and sharing.

4. Learning communities

Best practices can be easily defined in a library of videos of familiar teachers and students. These videos then 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.

5. Observation

Use video to create an authentic window of the classroom. Video observation allows teachers to be reviewed more accurately and efficiently. Observers can also use remotely without having to be physically present in the classroom.

These examples of effective video are part of the integrated software toolset of Teachscape Learn and Reflect which delivers transformational insights which can benefit the teaching practice and learning achievement across your school district.