During my travels across the USA interviewing education thought leaders, education software developers, and some of the country’s leading ‘on the ground’ educators, one important constant emerged.
No matter where you may be located, and no matter what you’re teaching, the most important thing that any educator could do to help their students to succeed was to get out of their way, and to let their students lead the way!
The concept of ‘letting the students lead the way’ was particularly relevant to their success in video production and video streaming.
In travelling across the country performing TV news interviews and special reports about education, it’s enabled me to take a unique perspective on the subject, with a much broader overview of why some schools perform better in student results than others.
The most flexible thing in the universe, and also what is potentially the most misleading, is our personal perception. Our perception on all things changes and adapts according to our daily environment. In fact our personal perception is so flexible and can change so rapidly that it can be compared to water.
This may sound like a strange analogy, however, it’s a highly accurate one. It was first made famous by the legendary Bruce Lee, who advised his martial arts students to ‘be like water.’
This is because he wanted them to adapt both instantly and seamlessly to the challenges faced in the martial arts. He observed that when water is poured into a cup, it becomes ‘the cup,’ when water falls to the floor it spreads out to ‘become the floor,’ in other words it quickly adapts to whatever environment it finds itself in.
The same is true of human perspective. When an educator becomes accustomed to a regular environment of how things are done, and who should take the lead in disseminating knowledge, the broader strategic overview is lost. Therefore, I strongly urge all educators to regularly exercise stretching their perspective for the sake of their students.
Technology, and especially video technology is changing and developing at an almost exponential rate. This means that it is becoming increasingly challenging for educators to keep up with the great many wonderful technological developments which happen almost daily.
This should come as no great surprise, especially when one stops to consider the great many time consuming demands that educators find themselves bogged down in every day.
Conversely, students of all ages are thinking in a very different way from how adult educators do, even those educators who are still in their early 20’s.
Young people today are naturally technologically adaptive, they know no other world than that of being completely integrated with technology. They are naturally technologically adaptive, just like water is adaptive.
Therefore, more than ever before, educators need to let go of the ‘reins,’ and allow their students to run with the flow of video technology.
Educators need to be the guide, not the source, and they need to take a step back and allow their students to lead the way.
This is particularly true when it comes to video streaming. Video streaming is something which is becoming increasingly important, and it offers increasing relevance to their educational success.
Unfortunately, for many educators, the thought and concept of video streaming can be a little scary and off-putting. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse to apply the brakes to the success of their students.
My wide-ranging overview experience of educators has also shown that once they try video streaming for themselves, it doesn’t just become fun, it’s almost addictive! Suddenly educators find themselves transforming their role to become the ‘executive producer’ for their own school TV channel!
Those wonderful people at Eduvision make this very easy!
The Eduvision team not only offer the safest, most manageable, and most desirable school video portal, they also offer some of the best professional development for educators too!
Furthermore, professional development doesn’t have to take up masses of time, and the need to attend specialist classes. Much of this is provided by the Eduvision team as on-line resources, through webinars, and also through group training sessions if that’s your preferred way of learning.
The most important thing is that video streaming though Eduvision takes away all the potential fears some people may mistakenly associate with it.
The Eduvision team will also show clearly that if educators allow their students to take the lead, and to perform video streaming as part of their daily routine, then everyone will benefit.
I’ve personally seen students take the lead alongside hardened TV industry professionals to live-stream sports games, graduations, and school events.
Furthermore, almost invariably the hardened TV broadcast professionals find that students are extremely capable and are a solid asset in even professional broadcasting.
Therefore, my advice to all educators is to let your students lead the way in the use and application of technology in education, and especially in video streaming!
Flex your perspective, and give it a try! I guarantee that you’ll find it fun, and that EVERYONE will learn something, and in particular, you’ll probably learn just how wonderful and amazing your students can be!
Take the first steps and visit the Eduvision website where you can check out video streaming, and the associated resources.
Brian Sterling-Vete spent over a decade with BBC TV news, he’s a British author, Guinness World Record Holder, and film maker. He has worked extensively on both sides of camera, and even worked as a stunt performer for several years.
In addition, Brian also uses the skills he learned while he was with BBC TV News, to coach leadership and celebrities how to stay safe if they’re faced with a crisis, and a subsequent media attack.