Image by mstephens7 via FlickrI came across this read yesterday and it started the wheels spinning on how our district could leverage the Flip Video.
Click here to read the article. (Talks about using the Flip Video for Teacher Evaluation.) The article is by Jason Hancock - located at www.drhancock.net
Each of my schools already owns at least one Flip Video (and in most cases - teachers are purchasing their own device and using it in the classroom). Most users who have used the device are impressed with the ease of use and accompanying software (allowing you to easily upload to You Tube, etc.). The only knock I have heard on the device is the quality of video.
So the question becomes - because of the simplicity of the device - should the Flip be distributed on a larger scale - along with appropriate training on how our teachers, administrators and other users could effectively integrate? Are these devices capable of capturing teacher evaluation? Think of the power an administrator would have if he/she could capture a lesson - and then share that lesson with the teacher. The teacher now has the ability to review, very easily, his/her lesson and what areas need to be refined. In the past, the process to do this was extremely cumbersome and required bulky equipment.
I want to thank Dr. Hancock for opening my eyes to a different way to use this tool. I was focused on teachers using the device in their classroom and never thought how the administrators could use the device. I will be sharing this scenario with my leadership team and hopefully they will be as open to this as I am.
JDS | CIO