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Supporting a third of Denmark’s student teachers with video PD


VIA University College, Denmark

In a unique research project, a third of Denmark’s student teachers were given access to remote support from tutors at VIA University College using IRIS Connect.

Watch this short video for a quick overview or read the full case study below.


The project

One third of all teachers in Denmark graduate through VIA’s bachelor degree programme for teacher education. The ‘Experts in Teaching’ project looked at supporting student teachers over 2 years to develop their practice through “micro teaching” and research.

What is Micro-teaching? Micro-teaching is a technique whereby the teacher reviews a recording of a teaching session, in order to get constructive feedback from peers about what has worked and what improvements can be made to their practice.

The research included students:

  • Documenting their own practice
  • Observing their own practice
  • Getting peers and teachers to observe their practice
  • Sharing their new insights with peers and teachers and in turn learning from their peers’ and teachers’ insights (knowledge sharing)
  • Establishing communities of practice
  • Developing through micro-teaching and feedback

“IRIS Connect is such a powerful tool. We found that once students started recording themselves they actually got into the habit of doing it and more importantly, they wanted to do it. They were more than happy to share videos with us, using the editing tool to select key moments which gave us more time to look at them.”


Finding areas for development

The students started by using video to reflect on their teaching and identify an area for improvement. They would then research different strategies and techniques to try before recording themselves again and repeating the process.

“If we imposed a focus then it wouldn’t be their research. We needed to let their practice determine what they would concentrate on trying to improve,” explains Project Leader Annemette Heine Wullum.

“We said to the students from the very start that this project was not about best practice but about making their practice better. Because, what is best practice?”

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The power of research and lesson analysis

One of the primary areas where the students used IRIS Connect was on their six week placements, where they could video themselves as many times as they liked and use the tools within the IRIS Connect platform to analyze what they saw and share.

“On most placements, students worked together in groups sharing and discussing the videos among themselves to get feedback,” says Annemette.

“IRIS Connect is such a powerful tool. We found that once students started recording themselves they actually got into the habit of doing it and more importantly, they wanted to do it. They were more than happy to share videos with us, using the editing tool to select key moments which gave us more time to look at them.

She continues; “The video recordings and data processing tools have opened the  students’ eyes to aspects of their teaching that they did not notice before. That’s why the process of analyzing the video afterwards is so important. The tools in IRIS Connect helped them to get deep analysis of what they actually did and then see how they could improve on the basis of their research.”

Frits Hedegaard Eriksen, a lecturer involved in the project, agrees: “It’s not the videoing of themselves that makes them think deeper, it’s the analysis of the videos that does and I think that has been a great success. Our student teachers use the tools in IRIS Connect very sophisticatedly so they are dealing with data instead of stories to discuss and improve their teaching.”


“The video recordings and data processing tools have opened the  students’ eyes to aspects of their teaching that they did not notice before. That’s why the process of analyzing the video afterwards is so important. The tools in IRIS Connect helped them to get deep analysis of what they actually did and then see how they could improve on the basis of their research.”


Investigating triangulated teacher PD

With the project at an end, Frits and Annemette are now encouraging more students to make use of IRIS Connect.

“We’re going to see if we can use the recordings from placements next year in what we call a three party conversation with the teacher trainer, student teacher and the placement teacher,” explains Annemette.

“It’s a triangle learning situation which we have had for many years but very rarely have we used video as part of those conversations so we’re going to explore how that could work. And the Group functionality in IRIS Connect is really good for this because it means we can share videos with people outside our own community.”

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Supporting education programmes across the board

Due to the success of the initial project, VIA University College have decided to roll out IRIS Connect’s video-based training and professional development technology across all 8 of their campuses, extending its use to support a wider range of their education programmes.

With focus on applied sciences and participating in various research and development projects, they see IRIS Connect as a powerful tool supporting them in their mission to be a leading educational institution in Denmark and internationally.

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A structured approach to self-reflection for teachers

 


The impact of IRIS Connect film club

Unity Academy Blackpool in the UK have provided their teachers with a structured approach to self-reflection, encouraging them to take risks and experiment with new teaching strategies.

Through IRIS Connect film club, teachers were given access to video clips, resources and discussion questions focused on dialogic teaching. They came together to collaborate, reflect and discuss the strategies used, before trying them in their own classrooms. We spoke to Head of Communications, Toni Shaw to find out about her experience and the impact it’s had on her and her colleagues.

 


Why did you choose to run a film club?
Toni: We chose to run IRIS Connect film club as part of our whole school teaching and learning strategy to encourage people to experiment and take risks. The different episodes of film club provided us with a specific focus for this and encouraged dialogue and ‘corridor talk’ amongst the teaching staff. Sixteen members of staff across our primary and secondary sectors attended the first meeting. This included those who were already using IRIS Connect as well as those that hadn’t.

What do you like about film club?
Toni: The opportunity to try something new and to discuss it with both our primary and secondary colleagues. It also forces me to dedicate time to my personal development that often gets buried under the day to day role of a classroom teacher.

Has film club affected the professional learning culture at all?
Toni: Yes. It’s encouraged people to use IRIS Connect for the first time and allowed teachers who experimented with the strategies, an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone. Self-reflection is an important part of our Academy Improvement Plan so it gave people a very structured way of approaching this.

What exactly was it about film club that made a difference?
Toni: The neutral video clips, collaborative approach and clear focus are all part of the appeal of film club. For instance, the collaborative approach provided opportunities for us to open dialogue with our colleagues about how things had gone. Where we found a particular area of the strategy a challenge, it was useful to coach each other towards possible solutions.

The content in episode 1: the Empire Talks Back is great. Especially because the teacher in the clip used strategies that wouldn’t be traditionally encouraged, such as not giving praise.

Will you be using film club in the future?
Toni: Yes. We are due to run the second episode early January so hopefully, with more experience, I will have a better understanding of how we can use it going forward, and how many people experimented with the strategy after the meeting. My goal is to use the film club approach and apply our own classroom clips that coincide with our teaching and learning improvement plan.

Can you suggest any improvements?
Toni: To aid the development of discussion I would have liked to have watched the pre-screening clip a couple of times within the session with my colleagues. This would have opened up much more professional dialogue. Watching it in advance meant that we had all already drawn our own conclusions and therefore, made our discussions rather brief.

 



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Building a positive culture of professional learning

 


The impact of IRIS Connect film club

Whitecote Primary School based in the UK, has developed an open and positive professional learning culture, and supported staff to analyse and discuss teaching and learning more successfully.

As a participant in an EEF funded project in the UK, staff at Whitecote Primary School ran IRIS Connect film club, a ready-made professional learning programme. It gave them access to video clips, resources and discussion questions focused on dialogic teaching, via IRIS Connect. Teachers then came together to reflect, discuss and learn before implementing the new strategies in their own classrooms.

We caught up with year 6 teacher Dan Sheffrin to find out about his experience of IRIS Connect film club and the impact it’s had on him, the school and their learners.


IRIS Connect: Why is film club effective?
Dan: It works because it ties into what we are already doing, becoming part of the whole picture. For instance, yesterday we had a meeting on Maths, and we referred back to the learning from a film club session about dialogic teaching.

IRIS Connect: Is that because of the specific content on dialogic teaching, or the flexible format of film club? 
Dan: It’s both. The content, which was really useful in itself, and the format of film club. The ready-made modules or episodes really help because half the job is done for you.

IRIS Connect: Tell us how you are using film club at the moment?
Dan: We are using groups of three teachers from across year groups to promote mixing and better spread ideas across the school.


Find out what the teachers at Whitecote Primary School think of IRIS Connect film club…

   


IRIS Connect: So it’s an intentional network?
Dan: Yes. It means that people feel secure within the triad but can also go beyond it to get new ideas. We’re using whole school priorities as focuses for the triads e.g. at the moment we are looking at reciprocal reading and seeing how to implement that.

IRIS Connect: So you are using film club for change management?
Dan: Yes, film club is a useful template for change management. The next topic we’re hoping to explore through it, is Bloom’s Taxonomy. It feels like a very sustainable approach to embedding whole school priorities.

IRIS Connect: Has using film club affected the professional learning culture at all? If so, how?
Dan: Definitely! The culture is less top down, people are more open and its created an atmosphere of trust between teachers.

IRIS Connect: What exactly is it about film club that’s made a difference?
Dan: The clips are high quality and lead to fantastic face-to-face discussion during the film club screening. The online comments function is very helpful for sharing thoughts beyond the triads. This combination of formats works really well. Like with anything in school, you need someone with capacity to keep this going and it must have support from leadership.

IRIS Connect: Any improvements we can make to film club?
Dan: It’s really useful to see what’s happening beyond your own school, so we’d like more episodes please.

IRIS Connect: Thanks Dan, we plan to keep creating new episodes with different teaching and learning focuses from a range of schools around the world. Watch this space!

What is film club? 

What is Film Club?

Get started – it’s FREE!

✓  Try IRIS Connect Film Club
✓  Record, reflect on & analyze your practice
✓  Use coaching & collaboration tools

 

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Add discussions to your Groups

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More expertise and resources available in IRIS Connect Group Store

This summer we’ve been collaborating with more education partners to make their expertise accessible via IRIS Connect. You can now access more teaching and learning research, video examples and resources, via our Groups Store, to underpin your professional learning. You can even get feedback from experts without paying out for a consultant’s day rate. New […]

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Add a comment to your video while teaching

  Our latest update to the Discovery Kit means you can now add a comment to your video as it’s recording! We chose to use iPods as microphones for our latest version of the Discovery Kit because it opens up opportunities for you to interact with your video, as it’s recording. Our newest feature allows you […]

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