We help create communities of practitioners by training 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 – and as an inspiration for others engaged in similar topics in their classrooms.
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 their good practices, we support that inspirational teaching methods 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 alone – learning processes and pedagogical methods as they unfold in a classroom setting. The videos are all less than three minutes long and recorded using the teachers’ own smartphones or tablets.
By sharing practice, we wish to empower teachers to reflect, share, source and develop their own teaching 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 as a source for learning on an ongoing basis.