Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit | Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University

Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit | Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University

Research-based Toolkit for Fast Forwarding Classroom Observations

This toolkit provides practical guidance for education practitioners on using video observations to help teachers accelerate their development. Inside you will find four sections to help you start video observations in your school community. Each section includes a discussion of important lessons from the Best Foot Forward project, a study of digital video in classroom observations, and adaptable tools for implementation.

Leveraging Video for Learning:

Strategies for Using Video Observations for Professional GrowthHow can you employ video for teacher development? In this section you will find multiple models for using video, including self-reflection, peer collaboration, and coaching and evaluation. You will access research findings that demonstrate the promise of video technology to aid teacher innovation. Download the tools.

Cultivating Trust in Video Observations:

Considerations for Teacher and Student PrivacyThere is strong public urgency around protecting the privacy of teachers and students. Here is a collection of resources to help institute trustworthy policies, communicate with parents, and protect those who are willing to use video to make a difference in classroom instruction. Download the tools.

Turnkey Technology:

Recommendations for Setting up Schools for Effective Technology ImplementationPoor tools in the hands of the best-intentioned educators can stymie success. Good tools poorly implemented will have little benefit. Learn how to select the right hardware and software for your purposes and train educators to implement the process with parents, and protect those who are willing to use video to make a difference in classroom instruction. Download the tools.

Measuring Readiness and Success:

A Guide to Piloting and Large-Scale ImplementationIs your school, state, or district ready for successful implementation? This section includes tools to gauge readiness and measure successful implementation. Download the tools.

Learn more about the Best Foot Forward project.

In future articles I will discuss how tools like YouTube, Ensemble Video, and MediaCast can be used to encourage educational leaders and teachers to capture and review practices within the classroom. Video is the number one feedback medium used by coaches for improving athletic performance. In this day and age, how come modern education leaders are not using video to coach and improve instructional practices within the classroom?

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