Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Feedback via Videocast
If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I work with teachers to help them create strong curricular units that engage students and promote transfer.
Since most of the work that I do with teachers spans across several weeks, it can seem disjointed and disconnected. I wanted a way to connect with teachers between visits. I knew that there would need to be specific feedback and nonverbal cues for this to be successful.
So, I tried using Educreations to narrate my ideas about teachers' units in progress. At first, I started to grow frustrated because teachers weren't using the information to revise and rethink their units. What was I doing wrong?
Well, as it turns out, I forgot that feedback also requires TIME FOR REVISION. About a week ago, the teachers had an entire "work day" to refine and write units. Without any prompting frome me, almost everyone started the session by opening up their feedback videos! Score!
After reviewing the feedback I'd provided (the second or third viewing for many), the units began to improve. The questions that arose were deeper and more pointed than before. Having specific feedback, delivered at an individualized pace, really moved the process forward.
Time is just as important as feedback when it comes to improvement. In the fast paced life of education, that can be easy to forget.
Here is a sample feedback video sequence if you're interested:
CC Photo Credit: One Way by Lincolnian