More than 70% believe that video cameras should be used in the classroom. That’s according to our survey of over 800 educators and IT managers at schools and colleges around the world. Two-thirds of respondents said they are aware they have been recorded on video as part of their work. Forty-one percent are aware of specific situations where video prevented or solved a problem.
The desired uses of video in schools runs the gamut of surveillance and safety, remote collaboration, video production, automatic attendance tally, remote tours, teacher evaluation and professional development, anti-cheating, and remote help. One respondent suggested it could provide the means for parents to eavesdrop on their kids.
Our infographic, Understanding the Benefits of Video Cameras in the Classroom, captures the responses to our survey. Not only were the educators and IT professionals generally in favor of video in schools, they also feel that parents will be supportive. While there is a sensitivity to privacy issues, most of the respondents feel video is not a disruption and does not detract from good teaching.
Here are some of the comments that could not be included in the infographic:
There is no denying video, it is a quick way for teachers to see best practices and need for improvement.
An out of control student in the library was recorded verbally assaulting the librarian, then told his parents she started it. Parents are difficult to deal with, but after seeing child acting out, they took a different approach to what they know is his fault.
Video record provided a reflective look at teaching environment where covert bullying of special needs child was occurring. This assisted the teacher in altering pedagogical strategies to eliminate negative activity.
In special ed classes an employee was accused of abusing a student. Cameras in the classroom would have definitely helped. Cameras in the hallways of the school did, however, catch the employee in the act.
After speaking with teachers, they feel like “big brother” is always watching.
There are too many incidents were they have been needed this year alone.
Video adds additional stress to teachers and I believe teachers would be less likely to be spontaneous and more scripted in presenting materials. I also think students would focus on cameras if they know they are being recorded.
Cameras are essential mostly as a security tool to safeguard the teacher as well as the students They do hamper the flow of natural learning and a certain degree or inhibition sets in which prevent a natural flow of ideas and good learning