We produce video communities and train teachers at all levels in producing videos of their own teaching practice. The videos are shared with fellow teachers and used as a source of reflection for the development of teachers’ own practice.
Unlike many other professions, teachers all over the world are very isolated in their professional lives. They rarely – in most cases never – see other teachers teach, nor teach in collaboration with other teachers. They lack a ‘community of practice’ and access to peer-to-peer feedback and inspiration.
Videos and social media can help overcome this. By involving teachers in recording own practices, we support that good and inspirational teaching practices are identified, documented and shared fast and efficiently. It is a bottom-up and potentially exponential way to boost teachers’ competences as part of their everyday work.
Videos can demonstrate what is hard to describe in words – learning processes and pedagogical methods as they unfold with the learners. The videos are up to a few minutes long and recorded with the technology at hand – teachers’ own smartphones or tablets.
Thus, we empower teachers to reflect, share, source and develop their own practice by improving their capabilities for self-organized and collaborative competence development. In doing so, we take part of an international movement, where videos and social media are used to ‘hack’ learning on an ongoing basis.