By David Solomon
People learn in a variety of ways: maybe you learn best by doing something multiple times to understand the best approach, or maybe you need to conduct research and spend time thinking through every angle before starting an assignment. For teachers, technology can play a pivotal role in supporting all types of learners with video professional development (PD).
Take a moment and think back to how you learned at an early age. You probably learned how to speak and complete simple tasks by watching those around you and learning from observation works for teachers and administrators, too. Before getting started, check out these tips for creating (and learning from) your own video PD.
- Don’t be afraid to open up during a lesson. For teachers to create a powerful video recording, they need to feel safe in their environment. From there, the feeling is contagious and students can become engaged and involved during lessons, ultimately providing a more fruitful discussion in the classroom. Be honest with students and explain why an assignment is important for their future—and make sure to record those moments when students ask difficult questions. Their feedback can inspire meaningful changes to future lessons.
- Think of teachers who may be struggling. During a lesson that comes naturally, think of a time when you, as an educator, had a hard time. Video is a great resource for growth and collaboration. Some colleagues have used video to virtually “switch” classrooms, allowing them to trade best practices without taking time away from their own classes. When it comes to refining teaching and learning, 63% of teachers agree that video is beneficial when looking for areas to improve. In a recent Edutopia article, teacher Nira Dale had this to say about video PD: “I regularly refined my practice by watching teachers, in real time, execute instructional strategies that resulted in their students' eyebrows raising and their mouths dropping open because a light bulb had just been turned on in their minds.”
- Most importantly, have fun! Your class spends plenty of time quietly working on assignments or listening to direct instruction, but these moments don’t have to be the only time you capture video footage. Maybe on Fridays, your classroom plays an educational game to learn together. Record these lessons and share them with other teachers to help them find that balance of work and play.
Video in the classroom gives teachers the power to foster a safe and supportive learning environment that encourages personal growth. Because at the end of the day, the most valuable and useful tool teachers have is each other.
We hope you have enjoyed our blog series about using video in your school. Make sure you download our infographic with all 9 strategies to use video in your classroom.