Friday, 2 May 2014

Coach's Eye App=Feedback as a Teacher

Record it. Break it down. Get better.

Make instant feedback possible on the go.

Sounds perfect for a teacher doesn't it? Maybe a bit too good to be true? Well, yes it is, for most subjects anyway. It's the description for Coach's Eye, a superb app that allows you to record athletes, slow the video down, add arrows, add shapes, compare side by side with other videos and many more added benefits (Disclaimer: I am NOT on commission with the company). 

Although, I can imagine it's useful for a PE, Drama or Dance teacher, for an English teacher it's not what I need in the classroom. However, as an analogy for the feedback that the teacher should give in the lesson, I think it is particularly apt.

What Coach's Eye Can Do and How it is Related to a Teacher's Feedback

Coach's eye enables you to give instant feedback. 

This is something that is crucial in a lesson but is also sometimes missed. The key is to be as quick as possible with the feedback. Lemov talks about making the feedback loop as short as possible in Practice Perfect with many benefits in employing this. For example, compare a student who receives feedback during the lesson, with a student who gets it at the end of the lesson and with a student who receives feedback in the next lesson. Instant feedback means that those mistakes can be corrected sooner, meaning that the student can make further adjustments for the rest of their work that lesson. Hattie also describes how immediate feedback can result in faster rates of acquisition. However, Bjork suggested that:

“feedback that is given too immediately and too frequently can lead learners to overly depend on it as an aid during practice, a reliance that is no longer afforded during later assessments of long-term learning when feedback is removed”

 Does this mean we shouldn't give feedback as quick as possible? To aid long-term retention? Well, without any evidence to back up my claims, I think it is vitally important for students to get the feedback as soon as possible in order for them to make the necessary changes to make it better. Although this might have effects on their independence, everyone in society wants feedback from teachers to students, and if this means that they will be able to improve quicker then sobeit. 

Use it on the go

You should be giving feedback to your students so that they can make changes that lesson. A good way of doing this is carrying various coloured pens to give feedback on their work as they go rather than waiting till they've finished it at the end of the lesson. 

Compare two videos with side by side analysis

The idea of using work of a good quality while developing success criteria is nothing new. Coach's Eye uses the two materials side by side so that a coach can compare the different parts at a specific point, for example, the way a footballer strikes a ball. Perhaps a teacher could use two essays side by side so that a student can compare the sentence openers in one essay to another, or the way two science students lay out their write up for an experiment.

Zoom and pan videos during the analysis to get the details that matter

This links to the idea above. In the app, the coach can adjust the video to get the specific details that need changing by the player. Similarly, teachers can zoom on details of students' work that is particularly good/not good to share with the class for critique. Equally, the teacher can zoom out to see the piece of work as a whole.

Draw on videos using lines, arrows and freehand tools

This allows the coach to highlight to the player directions, specific parts of their technique and highlight areas to improve. Again, this can be adapted to the classroom teacher. I'm all for drawing things in students' books whilst I am giving feedback - whether it is arrows to other parts of their work or highlighting specific details that are good. 

Create analysis videos with audio commentary, annotations and slow motion

This enables the coach to speak over the video what exactly the player needs to do to improve. The annotations add to the feedback and the slow motion allows the player to see exactly where they need to improve. This is particularly effective for giving feedback to extended essays with your annotations and audio comments using a tool like ExplainEverything.

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