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Using Spy Cameras and Hidden Microphones to Manage Teachers

Unread postby koreawow » 28 Jul 2008, 03:59

I am curious how managers in this forum view the use of hidden surveillance cameras and microphones to manage their teachers.

What are the advantages? Disadvantages? Is this ethical?

I see that there are managers here from many different parts of the world, so I am very interested to hear what people have to say on this topic.

Thanks!
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Re: Using Spy Cameras and Hidden Microphones to Manage Teachers

Unread postby systematic » 29 Jul 2008, 11:36

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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Re: Using Spy Cameras and Hidden Microphones to Manage Teachers

Unread postby learn_spanish_mexico » 28 Aug 2008, 01:43

I think having spy cameras and hdden mic's in a room gives the teachers the impression that you do not trust them, and it will negatively affect the moral of the school and the relationship between the manegment and the teachers. If a teacher is good, or bad, it does not take very long for that to be apparent. You can also catch most of the bad teachers by having them do a test class in front of other teachers. A good teacher can spot a bad teacher a mile away.
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Re: Using Spy Cameras and Hidden Microphones to Manage Teachers

Unread postby systematic » 28 Aug 2008, 10:32

learn_spanish_mexico wrote:I think having spy cameras and hdden mic's in a room gives the teachers the impression that you do not trust them.


The point I was making was based on the use of CCTV for instructional and training purposes. Its use as a hidden or unknown spy in the classroom is obviously unconstitutional. There are however, sadly, a great many teachers who cannot be trusted and one has to wait until something goes seriously wrong before anything can be done about it. A degree and a TESOL are not certificates of character.
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Re: Using Spy Cameras and Hidden Microphones to Manage Teachers

Unread postby learn_spanish_mexico » 28 Aug 2008, 17:42

Systematic, I apologize for the confusion, my reply was directed at the first poster, not at you. I definitely acknowledge that CCTV can be used with great benefit for instructional and learning purposes. But the original poster mentioned using secret hidden cameras (without the teachers knowledge) to monitor the teachers classes, to me that sounds too much like a police state/big brother mentality, and if news of these hidden cameras ever got out to the teachers you could loose your entire workforce.

As for the hidden cameras in the classroom being unconstitutional, that is true, but unfortunately outside of the U.S. that does not stand for much.

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Re: Using Spy Cameras and Hidden Microphones to Manage Teachers

Unread postby systematic » 29 Aug 2008, 04:49

Learn Spanish Mexico,
I concur with you on all points. The use of "spy in the classroom" equipment needs to be covered from all angles.
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