VLTs: Brace For Impact

John DabellBlog, CPD, Improving Teaching

Do you have a video learning team (VLT) in your school? Successful schools put video learning teams (VLTs) at the heart of learning in order to drive pupil and teacher progress. Learning teams work together to bring about change and to help each other learn as a connected group. They commit to the 4Cs of Creativity, Communication, Collaboration and Critical Thinking – the four skills of 21st-century learning – and they strive to make an impact. A VLT focuses on the 4Cs in their daily activities and work hard to connect the dots in order to grow and learn professionally. … Read More

Using video for improving peer feedback – how using video feeds AfL

John DabellBlog, CPD

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a stressed out teacher in need of improvement finds a traditional live lesson observation debilitating and counterproductive. There’s a lot of pride and prejudice in teaching. Teachers are proud people who want to do a good job but can often be let down by outdated systems. Real-time solo lesson observations are full of individual bias, tunnel vision and lesson blindness and these can blur and skew what actually happens in a classroom. This is why many schools are now using video for high-impact teaching, learning and assessment. It’s more reliable, far less traumatic … Read More

Using video to enhance CPD

John DabellBlog, CPD, Improving Teaching

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Lesson observations have been demonised over the years and they suffer a terrible image problem  fuelled by Ofsted horror stories, misguided school-led observations and teacher trepidation of senior managers. But it is time to shake off these negatives and focus on how lesson observations when combined with video technology can be a force for good, positive growth and real change. Lesson observations can bring out the worst in teachers who are fearful of ‘judgements’ which is why it is reassuring that Ofsted now don’t grade lessons. It is also worth remembering that Ofsted are keen to dispel folklores surrounding inspections … 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

Cosmic Classroom – putting STEM in the spotlight

Lessonbox UKEducation Innovation, Improving Teaching, Lesson Recording

  Cosmic Classroom – putting STEM in the spotlight Since the Principia mission launched at the end of 2015 and put British ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake on everyone’s radar, it’s been notable that there’s been a gentle culture shift with more children engaging with STEM subjects.  This week’s #cosmicclassroom had Major Tim doing fun stuff in space. So how can we be sure that we can translate that vibrant buzz back to earth on a daily basis? A research document from the US Doe puts it well: “Teaching concepts of STEM at an early age is one of the little things we can … Read More

Using lesson recording systems to demonstrate best practice

Lessonbox UKBlog, digital learning, Digital Tools, Education Innovation, Improving Teaching, Lesson Recording

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Outstanding lessons are taking place up and down the country every single day but sharing these examples of great practice, even within the same school can be tricky. In-person lesson observations are one possibility but they require other teachers to leave their own classes to spend time in a colleague’s classroom. Having a colleague standing at the back of the room can also change a classroom’s atmosphere and ruin the circumstances that help to create an outstanding lesson. One alternative solution is to use lesson recording systems. These systems can be unobtrusive and allow other teachers to review best practice … Read More

What’s required for a Ofsted outstanding lesson?

Lessonbox UKBlog, CPD, Education Innovation

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How can you achieve “outstanding”? Getting the call from Ofsted can set off feelings of panic and dread for any headteacher or school leader. Cut out some of the stress by reading our practical tips about what’s required for a Ofsted outstanding lesson and how to provide evidence to Ofsted that puts your school in the best light. Expect the unexpected In order to achieve an outstanding rating your school should expect the unexpected. Ofsted carries out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits every week. You’ll never know when your school is next, but one thing you can be sure of is that everyone in … Read More

Video Lesson Observation Systems – are they intrusive?

Lessonbox UKBlog, CPD, digital learning, Digital Tools, Improving Teaching

video lesson recording systems

Information on video lesson observation systems Video lesson observation systems can be a very useful tool for CPD in schools. However, many teachers worry that the systems will disrupt their lessons and change the atmosphere in their classrooms. These fears are common but do they tally with the experiences of teachers who are using video lesson observation day in and day out? We’ve spoken to some of them to find out what they think and discover how they’re using the systems in their classroom. What do teachers say? Technology in the classroom has advanced so much in recent years that … Read More

Video Lesson Observations – can they add value?

Lessonbox UKBlog, CPD, digital learning, Lesson Recording

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Video Lesson Observations Lesson observation is an incredibly effective way for teachers to improve their own skills but it does have some drawbacks. Having another teacher in the room can change the atmosphere, making it difficult to observe an individual teacher’s day-to-day teaching style.  Video lesson observation systems have become more common in recent years, but some schools are put off by the cost, or a belief that the tool will be invasive and no more useful than traditional lesson observations. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the ways schools can use video lesson observations. What can they do … Read More