Schools turn to live in-ear coaching for teachers in the classroom

The TES is reporting that secondary schools are starting to adopt new technology that provides teachers with a live commentary on their classroom practice using an earpiece and a video link. 

Teachers are connected to a remote “coach” who provides instant feedback on their classroom performance. Such approaches are well established in sports, particularly in the US, where American football players are continually given orders and tips by their head coach using headsets.

There was a backlash when similar technology using earpieces and walkie-talkies was first introduced to school classrooms in the States, with some teachers claiming it turned them into “robots”.

But the technology has proved far more popular among teaching staff in the UK, where around 100 schools now use it. This comes despite initial concerns from classroom unions that it could be used as a “surveillance system” or for performance management.

The NASUWT teaching union said that lesson observations and the use of cameras in schools were both “sensitive issues”, but that it had worked with suppliers of the technology and the Association of School and College Leaders to develop a code of practice…

See more in the 26 February edition of TES

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  1. STINGYluv4JNMK

    SchoolsImprove This seems like it could be another ponetial case of ‘Big brother is watching’ do teachers not go through enough scrutiny?

  2. STINGYluv4JNMK

    SchoolsImprove it was in the news news abt us losing ‘a mass exodus of talent’ as a result of newly qualified teachers going to work abroad

  3. STINGYluv4JNMK

    SchoolsImprove the government should be doing more to make the profession more appealing, not scaring people off!

  4. STINGYluv4JNMK

    SchoolsImprove to my mind this is just another means to undermine the profession instead of leaving staff to get on with their job!

  5. STINGYluv4JNMK

    SchoolsImprove on the other hand,if a teacher needs coaching in the classroom, we need to be looking at the capabilities of that person!

  6. STINGYluv4JNMK

    SchoolsImprove the article also forgot to highlight one thing, A conflict of intetests w/regard to ethics & whether or not students …

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