I want to share some exciting news about a new development at Teaching Channel that will enable deeper collaboration and learning for teachers. It’s a big step in the growth of Teaching Channel, so I wanted explain why we’re taking it. We’ve been listening to you: from our monthly surveys to the hundreds of comments that come in daily from our growing community of 229,000 teachers. We hear how you’re watching Teaching Channel videos, modeling those strategies, and making them your own. We also have heard that you crave more feedback and collaboration. And we’re mindful of the recent Met Life Survey that emphasizes that teachers who have opportunities to collaborate are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. So, I’d like to officially introduce Tch Teams—a robust and personalized platform for collaboration among you and your colleagues.
We believe Tch Teams combines everything educators love about Teaching Channel with several new custom tools to collaborate around video, including:
- The ability for schools, districts, and education organizations to host and share their own videos of exceptional teaching practice
- A place for coaches, mentors, and new teacher training programs to use video as a means for reflecting and collaborating to improve teacher practices
- The ability for educators to share other resources along with video including lesson plans, presentations, and any other digital resources
- Direct integration with Google Docs and Microsoft Office to bring all of your PD assets into one place
As an organization our mission is to support and inspire teachers around video and we feel combining the power of video with socially-networked, online collaboration tools will enable educators to work together to grow professionally. Tch Teams is a fee-based service that schools, districts, states, or educational organizations can license.
I think it is very important to remind you all that as a non-profit TeachingChannel.org videos will always be a free resource, that’s not changing. But, we also believe it’s important to offer new levels of support and collaboration to educators across the country.
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Pat Wasley is the Chief Executive Officer for Teaching Channel. Pat began her education career as a public school teacher in the U.S. and in Australia. She has been a public school administrator, a researcher, a university professor and a dean of both the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and the University of Washington College of Education.