There are many reasons why recording lessons is useful – especially in times where we are looking to limit the number of people in classrooms. We listed 13 of these in our last blog!

However, there are a number of understandable concerns about video in classrooms – so in this blog we look at seven features of ONVU Learning’s Lessonvu system that show how it has been designed to meet the needs of teachers, and how it is ideal for the demands of the ‘new normal’! 

1. Always On

Lessonvu removes the need for something to be ‘switched on’ at the start of a lesson – allowing a teacher to concentrate on delivering the best teaching from the very start of their session. This makes it ideas for secondary schools where ‘bubbles’ mean that teachers now travel to classes rather than students moving. We’ve already seen schools recording and share best practice in ‘owning the room’ in this situation  

2. Discreet

One of the biggest problems with lesson observation is the Hawthorne effectwhere the presence of the observer (whether a senior leader who changes the dynamic of the room) or a trainee teacher (who causes excitement) affects the lesson. Lessonvu isn’t hidden but is out of student eyesight and records a true picture of what really happens in the classroom. 

3. Flexible

Using a mobile device often leads to limits in what is recorded – usually focusing on the teacher aloneLessonvu’s 360-degree lens allow the whole classroom to be recorded, so that observers can look at student reaction and group dynamics as well as the teacher, creating a much richer learning tool. As a result, student teachers can use the same lesson to complete a number of assignments.

4. Teacher-controlled

A real problem with one-off observations is that teachers feel the pressure to deliver ‘perfect’ lessons, rehearsing them and focusing on what they believe an observer is looking for.  Because Lessonvu footage is under the control of the classroom teacher who can choose what they share, they are likely to identify real areas for reflection and improvement – and reassure trainee teachers that they are not expected to be ‘perfect’ from the start! 

5. A clear view 

The video and sound quality of a mobile device placed at the back of a classroom can be highly variable during a lesson as teachers and students move around a classroom, for example for practical or group work. Lessonvu is mounted high up in the classroom and has a clear line-of-sight to pick up everything that happens in the classroom, as well as high quality audio to record everything that is said.  

6. COVID- friendly  

Once installed outside teaching hours, there is no need for anyone to be in the classroom operating the Lessonvu system and no equipment being moved in and out of rooms, removing the chance of passing on any infection and maintaining ‘bubbles’.  

7. Easy to use 

Finally, footage can be viewed immediately by teachers and quickly shared with colleagues and even external mentors. This allows quick reflection so that teachers can ask for support and take action ahead of the next time they teach that subject or class – or share their expertise with other teaching the same topic.  

If you would like to find out more about how our Lessonvu system delivers all these features, get in touch with our team now.

Join us for an exclusive webinar:

Lesson Observation – Innovating in the New Normal

ONVU Learning is hosting a webinar for those responsible for teacher training and development that will bring together school leaders, teachers, expert coaches and technologists to discuss these issues.

Date to be announced soon – FREE to attend.

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