Why Video Observation Technology Leads the Way

Andrew JenkinsBlog, CPD, digital learning, Improving Teaching, Lesson Recording

More and more schools are snubbing the perfunctory and ceremonial ‘in-person’ lesson observations in favour of using video observation technology where classroom action is recorded and observations are conducted remotely. Recording lessons is truly transforming classroom practice and traditional drop-in ‘live’ lesson observations, where someone visits a classroom ‘formally’, are fast becoming ‘old school. Many schools are now adopting a coaching model of professional development using Lessonbox video technology as a powerful tool for growth and professional learning. In the November 2016 Teaching Schools Council (TSC) report ‘Effective Primary Teaching Practice’ Headteacher of Parkfield Community School Hazel Pulley states, “We … Read More

Investment in Teaching and Learning by John Dabell

Andrew JenkinsBlog, CPD, Education Innovation

Although there is no doubt that many schools could benefit from additional funding, the reality of funding is that some schools don’t put professional learning at the top of the list. In fact, for some schools, spending on CPD is pitifully low or non-existent. According to recent research by the Teacher Development Trust (TDT), “Just over 21,000 teachers are employed in schools which report zero or near-zero CPD budget.” The TDT found that on average secondary schools spent 0.37% of their budgets on staff training and 0.65% in primary schools. In the world’s best school systems like Ontario, Canada, over … Read More

Take the Mic

Andrew JenkinsCatchbox, Education Innovation, Lesson Recording

Using wireless microphones in class makes a lot of sense although they tend to be a bit forgotten. These are flexible devices with bags of potential especially when combined with powerful video technology and lesson recording. Microphone technology certainly isn’t new but it has evolved over the years and teachers now have greater choices and different options they can select or mix and match. The Lessonbox Mobile system offers three professional wireless audio options that could make the world of difference to your classroom, each offering something special and something to help capture the range of interactions and rich dialogue … Read More

Strategic CPD with Lessonbox

Andrew JenkinsCPD, Improving Teaching, Lesson Recording

Strategic CPD with Lessonbox In the November 2016 Teaching Schools Council (TSC) report ‘Effective Primary Teaching Practice’ Headteacher of Parkfield Community School Hazel Pulley states, “If pupils are to make rapid progress they need teachers with excellent up-to-date subject knowledge and an understanding of the teaching quality required. We have totally moved away from formal lesson observations. Instead, coaching partnerships have been developed using video technology, regular pop-in opportunities in classrooms and focused work scrutiny to provide bespoke professional development. Evaluation is a key aspect of all our CPD; checking for impact is seen as an imperative.” Effective Primary Teaching … Read More