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Using Video for Professional Development

Using Video for Professional Development An Article that addresses some of the issues around using video for continuing professional development.

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
Joyce Brothers

Acting is a form of confession.
Tallulah Bankhead 
What is Video CPD? Why do it and what are the rules? 

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Media

Tags: Real Time Coaching CPD Video Trust
Face Yourself; Face Your Talent; Face Your Camera
In my NQT year the school had an HMI visit. They wanted a favour, "Mike, could we video you in action?" I said yes to most things that year but I must have hesitated this time because the inspector added, "Don't worry, it's only a small camera". Like that made any difference.

Anyhow, the lesson was filmed and I got to see myself teach for the first time. Yes Mike, that's how you sound. Yes Mike, that's what you look like. Yes Mike, that shirt doesn't really go. I saw myself in all my raw NQT glory: floundering, flying, rethinking, missing things, noticing others, failing then picking myself back up. And I'm glad I did it then, glad I faced myself early on, glad I got over myself and began to use video tools. Glad I had all the evidence staring me in the face to help me become a better teacher.

Self video is not always easy but it’s always fruitful; there’s always a gift. It’s like stepping into a cold sea. For 30 seconds it is so, so cold; you want a safe and cosy towel. But if you stick with it – hey – you adjust, your body tunes and you feel warm(er) and alive. You learn so much, feel alive.

And that’s Video CPD: stepping forward and taking a calculated professional risk to use video technology to enrich and accelerate your continuing professional development; watching yourself or being observed by trusted colleagues. It’s the purest form of professional reflection possible and as such should have nothing at all to do with inspections or performance management.

But I don’t like my voice
There’s a reason for that as you probably know. You hear your own voice transmitted through the local air and through the bones of your face. Others don’t. They just hear one channel. You get used to the 2-channel mix and baulk at the recorded non-face-bone version. Anyway, who's judging? Where are the universal criteria for what a voice (your voice) should sound like? That's right, there are none.

Immediately Remote
Once you’ve got used to yourself, once you’re comfortable in your own presence you can raise your game by inviting colleagues to work direct and live with you: real time remote video coaching is a high impact professional development process. Your teaching session is observed on-line by a coach who communicates privately with you via a discrete wireless earpiece. The session is viewed using a remotely controlled mobile camera then the recording is annotated with written, audio and video comments from the coach. The lesson can later be analysed using timers, counters and drop down success criteria.

The method is founded on strong, trusting professional relationships and is led by you and you alone. Only you allow your lesson to be recorded. Only you invite others to observe. Only you decide if and when to delete a recording. It can accelerate your professional growth because you get instant, relevant praise and pertinent questions (assuming the coach is doing their job correctly), together with a high quality video portrait called ‘Me the educator’

The best system I’ve used for this is Iris Connect. I can now coach live from my office. Keeps down my carbon footprint and travel expenses. But means I get more household chores. Swings and roundabouts really.

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