Taking on new strategies and technologies is sometimes difficult and time-consuming, but in the long run, usually worthwhile. Whether you're a pro at using IRIS Connect, just starting out, or thinking about investing in video-based professional development in your school, here are 5 quick and easy ways that you can use the IRIS Connect system this semester.
1. Edit a reflection to share your favourite activity
How many times have you explained an effective activity to multiple colleagues individually? Or had another teacher come up to you asking how you run a task in your lessons? Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to not just explain, but show multiple colleagues the activity with the click of a few buttons?
Luckily there is! Find the lesson video that has the activity you want to share in it. Extract the footage of the activity using the editing tool to become a stand alone video of it’s own. Then share it with others. It’s as easy as that!
2. Participate in professional dialogue with your colleagues
Research tells us how useful dialogue can be in supporting professional development, so why not reach out to colleagues who are seeking it and have them share a short reflection with you. You could ask them specifically what area they want to focus on and use the timestamped comments to give contextualized feedback.
You might also like to give IRIS Connect Film Club a try. Born out of our research project, Film Club helps you and your colleagues to analyse and discuss teaching and learning more effectively, successfully developing a culture of openness and trust.
3. Gather your pupils’ feedback
Getting feedback from your pupils on what they’ve learned let’s you know if your teaching is helping them to achieve your intended learning outcomes. You can then adapt your teaching where necessary. For example spending more time on a particular theory if students are struggling to understand it.
To gain this feedback quickly and easily, you could use the IRIS Connect kit to record your pupils’. Maybe try asking them what their favourite part of the lesson was or what they found most valuable. You might be surprised by the difference in answers when asked face-to-face.
4. Visit the Group Store and read up on specific areas of professional development
The IRIS Connect Group Store in the platform has some useful information and resources for PD and most of them are free! From topics such as non-verbal behaviour control, action research, feedback and pupil oracy, it’s worth a look around.
5. Grab a sandwich
Not comfortable on camera yet? Set up the IRIS Connect kit in the staff kitchen and record yourself doing mundane tasks such as making a cup of coffee or a sandwich. The more you watch yourself here, the easier it will be to watch yourself in the classroom, so try to do this at least 5 times.
We hope you have fun using one or more of these ideas this term. Let us know what you found most useful or if you have any more we can add to our list! Comment below or Tweet us @IRISConnect_USA