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3 ways teachers can use video for better exam preparation

Posted by Jennifer Hampton on 21 April, 2017

Easter is over, April is speedily passing and ensuring success for all our students in the upcoming exams and tests is rarely far from our minds. Here are 3 ways video technology can not only support exam and test preparation, but enhance it for both teachers and students.

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Communication and trust: how to get things off the ground

Posted by Rosie Neill on 13 April, 2017

For educational change – the kind that makes measurable, sustainable improvements to teaching and learning – a school needs to have the right environment in place.

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Is best practice in teaching always best?

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 11 April, 2017

Of all the things schools could spend their money on, improving the quality of teaching through ongoing professional development of teachers can have the greatest impact on pupil outcomes. It can also be the most cost effective.  So, how can we best develop teacher expertise in our ever changing educational landscape? 

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7 tips for getting off to a good start with video CPD

Posted by Rosie Neill on 31 March, 2017

There can be challenges when introducing anything new, be it a curriculum change, a new approach to CPD or the latest development in technology. One thing schools can do to make adoption easier is ensure they have the right type of culture in place, the kind where improvements in teaching and learning can thrive.

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EEF report evaluating the impact of IRIS Connect

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 31 March, 2017

Research overview:
“Developing classroom dialogue and formative feedback through collective video reflection”

EEF-Sml-needs-EEF-sign-off-before-publishing.jpgThis EEF funded pilot study looked at the use of IRIS Connect alongside a film club programme that is designed to improve primary school teachers’ use of classroom dialogue and feedback. The project was independently evaluated by researchers at Birmingham University.

The EEF trial was designed to find out whether the programme can be practically delivered in classrooms and whether it could be taken to a larger trial to find out what impact it has on attainment.

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What types of professional development do teachers really want?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 23 March, 2017

We asked 1,000 teachers what professional development activities they would prioritise if they were in control of their own CPD. They gave us some interesting insight.

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