I have used CCTV extensively in classrooms for recording or relay live to a computer. This is used for training purposes and continuous development.
- for personal and peer evaluation of teaching
- for distance teacher training
No recording or monitoring is carried out with out a teachers knowledge. The teachers are so busy that they soon forget that they are on live transmission or being recorded, which gives an accurate demonstration of their performance.
Teachers are very keen to see how they perform in class and many have later taken part in voice over discussions in which they freely discuss their own strengths and weaknesses.
Observation is a standard procedure in teaching and whether it is remote by video or by the personal presence of an inspector, there are two basic forms:
- the teacher is aware of it or is informed in advance
- the teacher is unaware or not warned of an impromptu visit
IMHO, if a teacher is informed and aware that he/she may at any time be under video surveillance, or that an inspector can arrive unannounced, it is his/her choice to accept that employment. A trained and consciencious teacher is not intimidated by observation, whatever form it takes. If video surveillance is introducedas a new feature during the employment it will affect more than one individual. Collective bargaining will regulate its use.
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