By David Solomon
Hard-working and successful educators deserve to be recognized and rewarded. Fortunately, there is a wide range of educational awards out there, from the National Teacher of the Year to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Distinguished District Award. To be considered for these awards, as well as grants such as the NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants, educators are often asked to submit a video as part of the application process.
In order to reward innovative outstanding work in the classroom, those who review award applications need to see learning in action. Here are three tips for creating a video in the classroom that will make an award or grant submission stand out:
- Record your classroom in action. For ISTE’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the submission application requires a one- to two-minute video that encompasses the theme: “What role does technology play in making a positive difference in teaching and learning?” An example could be using video to record your classroom environment. Students could be interacting in groups of five or six, with background music playing while they participated in writing assignments. You could then explain how using technology helped students to focus better in the classroom.
- Have your students speak up. Award submissions are a time to show off. Use video to let students tell their stories about their educational epiphanies. For example, students could record themselves describing what they enjoyed about a recent project and how it helped them master a subject matter or skill.
- Capture a fun and engaging lesson. The way we teach our students in the classroom is always changing. Maybe project-based-learning (PBL) that includes small-group discussions has played a huge role in your classroom, and you want to illustrate how teaching and learning have changed for the better. Start by recording your best lesson, and use it as a jumping-off point to explain how the lesson has helped shape kids for life after the classroom.
With a long list of awards and grants available to educators across the country, it truly does pay to make your applications catch the eye. The time and effort will be well worth it.
Showing learning in action is just one way you can utilize video in your classroom. Download our fun infographic to learn eight other effective ways video can assist your teaching.