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5 factors to consider when investing in a video system for teacher training

5 factors to consider when investing in a video system for teacher training

So you have heard about the benefits of using video for CPD.
• Teachers can use video for self-review, without the need for an observer or coach.
• Using video eliminates behaviour  the students because of the presence of the observer.
• The need for costly lesson cover is removed since videos can be reviewed at any time.
• A bank of exemplar videos can be built up for use in future CPD.
When looking for a video system for CPD ask the suppliers:

1. Are lesson recordings confidential and secure?
Some systems limit the number of log on names and passwords. This is clearly not a good idea especially when supporting teachers with performance issues!
• Choose a system where recordings are held securely (on network storage or in EU-compliant cloud storage), and where access-permissions are used to ensure who can view each recording is under the total control of the teacher who made it.

2. Can recordings be easily shared?

• Choose a system where recordings are automatically uploaded to secure storage where they can be view from any computer with internet access (so long as permissions have been granted – see point above!).

3. Does the system work with a range of cameras or does it need expensive equipment?

Some systems require expensive cameras, which must be purchased from the supplier. Others will only work with a small range of cameras and microphones.
• Choose a system which will work with a wide range of low cost web cams, digital cameras, IPads, IP cameras.

4. Is the system cost-effective when scaled-up to many users or classrooms?
Some systems look like good value when considering a small number of observations. But how much it will it cost if every teacher was to regularly use the system? The cost of additional dedicated computers, special cameras, or teacher licences can all add up to some staggeringly large sums.
• Choose a system which will work with low-cost equipment and your existing equipment, and where every teacher has their own licence.

5. Can the system be used for other recording tasks?

Whilst it can appear good to have a system dedicated to teacher training this can mean they are limited when you wish to share recordings outside of the school or use the recording system for other tasks
The latest teacher training systems can also be used by Teachers to create their own video course work for pupils to access for flipped classrooms or record an entire lesson for the students to access for revision. The latest video systems can be used to create video lessons for flipped classrooms and can be used to record lessons which can then be used by pupils for revision. Some systems even allow pupils to upload videos as part of their homework or submission of evidence as requires in A level PE.
• Choose a system where every teacher has a licence (otherwise certain teachers will miss out on the opportunity to use the system.)
• Choose a system that can grow as your requirements grow, providing students recording of lessons for revision is common place in Universities as it improves grades, schools can benefit in just the same way.
• Choose a system which works with low-cost cameras this will allow multiple lessons to be recorded at the same time.
• Choose a system that can record the screen directly, this provides useful lesson recordings for students to access for revision and allows teachers to creat flipped classrooms.
• Will the system support live broadcast of lessons and key events in the school and provide controlled access

So what now?

We have researched all the available systems on the market and found that Lesson Recorder is your best option on all of the above points.  Many primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities agree with us.
We’d love to show you the ease of use and flexibility of Lesson Recorder, and discuss the process of implementing it in your school or college.
Please get in touch on 01793 978785 to see how Lesson Recorder can help improve teaching and learning at your school. www.lessonrecorder.co.uk


User Conference

The Annual user conference takes place 13th November in London please contact Val Haig if you require further tickets.


ACSL conference

Outsail presented their ClasswatchLesson observation equipment at the recent 2013 ASCL conference in London where they provided 50 schools with a free on site Lesson observation. If you would like a lesson video’d at your school please get in touch in the usual way.


Free video Analysis

We will video a lesson at your school for free!” Applies to the first 50 schools that visit our stand at the #EICE


Wireless cameras now available for lesson observation

Outsail announced at the Bett show in January 2013 that multiple wireless cameras and microphones can be used with the Classwatch video system. This means that teachers can set up an observation room without the need  to trail wires around the classroom to connect the cameras into mobile video unit/laptop. Up to 3 cameras and 3 microphones can be connected for each classroom.


Free CPD seminar in Telford

Outsail are supporting a free seminar covering the use of video within  lesson observation.  This is being held in Telford on January 11th 2013.  Please contact Outsail on 01793 978785 to reserve your places.


Birmingham lesson observation seminar

Outsail are arranging a free afternoon seminar covering the use of video during  lesson observation.  This is being held in Birmingham on November 30th 2012.  Please contact Outsail on 01793 978785 to reserve your places.


Wiltshire seminar on lesson observation

Outsail are inviting Wiltshire schools and colleges to a free afternoon seminar covering the use of video during  lesson observation  This is being held in Swindon on September 12th 2012.  Please contact Outsail on 01793 978785 to reserve your places.


Pates Grammar School Seminar

Pates are inviting schools and colleges to a free afternoon seminar coverring how they use video in their lesson observation process. This is being held on January 31st 2012.  Please call 01793 978785 to reserve your place.


Gloucester College open day

Book a place
Gloucester College are running an open day on December 6th. They will be showcasing  their use of video for Lesson Observations.