More than 260,000 teachers are already using Teaching Channel's award-winning 700+ video library, but many of you have made it clear you want more—a safe place to collaborate with colleagues, be mentored and receive job-embedded, relevant advice.
In April, I shared with all of you in the Tch community our new approach to video-enabled professional development called Teaching Channel Teams and today at the annual ISTE 2013 conference, we’re announcing it to the world!
Teaching Channel Teams allows schools and districts to provide quality interactive professional development with fewer dollars than traditional professional development. With Teaching Channel Teams, collaboration within a school, across a district, or with a larger network of educators is made easier using socially-enabled tools. Teams makes it easy for educators to use and share video as well as other types of professional development resources within their private professional learning community.
As I first told you in April, we believe Teaching Channel 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
- 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
The power of this collaborative platform is already being seen in facilitating meaningful coaching and professional learning in Chicago Public Schools with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) – watch this video to learn more, Educate Texas will use it to support their coaching network across the state and all teachers in the state of Utah will have access starting next school year.
As an organization our mission is to support and inspire teachers around video and we feel combining the power of video with online collaboration tools will enable educators to work together to grow professionally.
Teams is a fee-based service that schools, districts, states, or educational organizations can license but TeachingChannel.org videos will always be a free resource. We believe it's important to offer new levels of support and collaboration to educators across the country.
If you think Teaching Channel Teams would be beneficial to your school or district, simply click here to visit our Teams page.
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.