Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Flip Video

Got a Flip Video Ultra for the Australia Trip!Image by mstephens7 via Flickr

I 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

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.


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tft said...

Horrible idea unless teachers welcome it. They won't, nor should they.

JDS-CIO said...

Why should teachers not welcome this?

tft said...

Because it is one more way principals can cherry pick evaluative instances, taken in isolation, and then generalize about the teacher, erroneously.

If teachers want to do it themselves, and after all, you say it is to improve instruction, and I can't remember a principal ever helping with instruction (maybe OBstruction), then teachers will.

Why force something like this from on high? Teachers are adults, professionals, and have years and years of higher education. Why would a video be helpful?

JDS-CIO said...

I don't know how things are in your district or state, but I have yet to encounter a principal who doesn't help with instruction - that is their primary function within a building.

The Flip is simply a tool allowing the principal and teacher to look at a lesson and refine certain areas if needed. If anything I view it as more of a tool for the teacher - rather than the principal.

Teachers are adults, professionals and educated - but that does not mean they can not continue to grow professionally and improve.

tft said...

Well, my principal, like so many, never taught elementary school; she is not even prepared to be helpful, even if she wanted to be.

And not being a fan of the phone does not, as you imply, mean that teachers do not want to "continue to grow professionally and improve." Why do you think I meant that?

I am curious, as the CIO, how often are in the classroom? And, if you are there at all, why? And are you really in a position to know what kind of instructional leadership a principal is giving her faculty?

I have to say, those of you who don't spend your days educating kids ought not claim to be educators!

JDS-CIO said...

It is unfortunate your principal was not a teacher - however, don't let her slander your view of all administrators.

I am an educator - a high school teacher - before becoming a CIO. I am in the classroom on a weekly basis - I do observations of teachers all across the district as well.

While I may not spend my day in the classroom from 8-4, my job revolves around the education of kids. My purpose is to provide tools that allow students and teachers to communicate, share and collaborate in a digital world. Thus preparing them for life in a global economy. If that is not educating them - then I don't know what is.

tft said...

I guess I wouldn't want the IT guy checking in on me unless I found his counsel helpful, even if he had been a teacher.

I am so tired of the district deciding for me what is a good tool for me to use with my students, especially when those in the district don't know me or my students.

One size doesn't fit all.

Don't take any of this personally. I am allowing for the possibility that you are helpful in your district, and not a waste of money, or classroom talent.

JDS-CIO said...

I agree one size doesn't fit all.

Nothing taken personally...thanks for the honest feedback and discussion.