A closer look at distance coaching with iChat and Flip video

As you may know, we’ve been looking into the effectiveness of iChat–in particular, the iChat Theater function–in helping teachers share classroom video snippets with coaches. Our goal is to help coaches spend less time traveling and more time coaching, while also leveraging the power of video and conversation in coaching practice.

But how does it work? If you haven’t seen us do a live demonstration of the process before, check out this nice video that Amber put together recently.

Distance Coaching from Stratepedia on Vimeo.

Want to know more?

Visit our Distance Coaching Technology website to read about what we’re doing. Watch for more information soon, including more technical details and opportunities to participate in our research.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.
  • http://www.facebook.com/skwoodruff Sue Woodruff

    Hi Aaron and Amber,
    Having this demonstration for iChat coaching is SO helpful. We are able to explain it once or twice, but now we can send out this link to help teachers as they learn how to use this technology. Very helpful! I plan on doing quite a bit of coaching this year using the Flipcam and iChat. Do you have any suggestions for video coaching if our teachers have PCs? Many of the schools I work with have PCs only. Keep up the great work. These kinds of tutorials are very helpful.
    Sue

  • http://www.aaronsumner.com/ Aaron Sumner

    I would like to find a solution that works on PCs as well–it would definitely save us a lot of cost and setup time. The closest thing I’ve found are Skype add-ons that require uploading video to a third party server for sharing, then the two parties go to a web page to watch the video together. I’d post a video clip of my dog on such a server, but I’m not comfortable uploading classroom video to it–it’s hard to say what their privacy policies are or how secure their system is. The downside with what we’ve got right now is there is a lot of setup and infrastructure involved, but the good news is I can be confident everything is secure.

    If anyone knows of an iChat Theater-like function for Windows, please share.