The news in and around Teaching, CPD and Professional Development.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new set of EU guidelines governing how organisations like schools handle personal data. The new regulations have replaced the current Data Protection Act (DPA) and were implemented on the 25 May 2018. This piece of...read more
Does facial recognition technology have a place in our classrooms? Don’t move. You are being watched. Actually, quite the opposite – make sure you do move because you may be under the very watchful eye of an intelligent classroom behaviour management system. If this...read more
We often focus on the use of video as a professional development tool for teachers but one of its greatest strengths is for peer to peer learning. Let's not forget the pupils! Peer Learning (PL), Peer-to-Peer collaboration (P2P), or Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) isn't...read more
How can we stop students from cheating in exams? They say that cheats never prosper. The thing is, many often do because they get away with it. Cheating in exams is nothing new as some students (and their parents) will do anything to secure good grades. There are even...read more
How can video be used for self-improvement? A self-improving school requires complex collaboration and mixes together three core features: coordination, communication and bonding (Hargreaves, 2010). It also requires 'magnets, glue and drivers' where professional...read more
How often do you use VERP? When we focus on reviewing micro-moments of video-clips of our own successful communications with students, something magical happens: we start to believe in ourselves! When moments of vitality are shared and built on then we can get even...read more
Should schools use CCTV? Education is crammed with ‘Marmite’ topics and one spiky binary debate that always ruffles feathers is whether CCTV should be used in schools or not. Some welcome the use of CCTV, some it as a necessary evil and others see it as a sinister...read more
Why not join the club? In Leveraging Video for Learning: Strategies for Using Video Observations for Professional Growth by the Centre for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, one of the recommendations made is that, Education leaders should consider...read more
Can you feel it? The rumbling and grumbling; it’s getting louder and louder. There’s now a real movement and shift away from traditional high-stakes ‘one-size fits all’ approach to lesson observations as fed-up teachers are claiming back their classrooms and...read more
One exciting way to enhance teaching and learning using video is an evidence-based intervention called video modelling (VM) otherwise known as video-based intervention (VBI). VM is a visual teaching method that involves watching a video demonstrating a targeted...read more
How can we get better at what we do? Watch yourself. That’s not a threat but a piece of sound advice for teaching and learning. When we watch ourselves we can learn a lot. It might not be an entirely comfortable experience but it is certainly...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
We live in a noisy world - both in terms of what’s going on around the world and within our classrooms. As teachers, broadcast is (almost) a default setting, but taking the time to mute the dominant force of the teacher’s voice can be incredibly revealing....read more
Flipping the classroom brings benefits for both student and teacher and it’s true that creating an effective flip does need careful preparation to ensure that it works visually. But it’s easy to build up a library of good lessons and this can prove to be a time...read more
Video is a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning. Staff, students, leaders and parents can now engage with video in ways that were unattainable several years ago.
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