Welcome to Star Lesson

The world’s most advanced video learning solution for schools, colleges and universities.

  • Teachers can easily film their own lessons and improve via-self-review
  • Remote classroom observations are made easy via live view
  • Easily review, tag and share best practice within and outside school/college
  • Instantly create highlight videos of your lesson with StarEdit
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  • Create clip banks of your best practice tagged to Ofsted or 2012 Standards
  • Readymade Teaching School Alliance best practice portal
  • App enables sport, field trips, transition, WBL and more to be centrally managed
  • Easily flip lessons and receive pupil feedback before the next lesson

Star Lesson is a full circle Video Learning Solution for your School or College

  • Kit

    Kit: App, mobile unit and fixed room
    Video Learning made simple - easily film and improve your lessons, assemblies, sports matches, field trips, transition days, and more

  • The Cloud

    Software: Easily film, tag, edit, share and improve whole lessons and lesson clips
    Star Lesson makes the process of Video Learning totally intuitive

  • The Full Package

    Software: Easily film, tag, edit, share and improve whole lessons and lesson clips. Star Lesson makes the process of Video Learning totally intuitive

  • Solutions

    Solutions: A full-circle Video Learning Suite offering solutions for: Self-filming & improving via self-review, Remote observation, Creating clip banks of best practice, Field trips, assemblies, sport, etc, Parental engagement, Work based learning and Transition

#Case_Study 18: St. John Plessington, TES Outstanding Secondary School of the Year 2010, implements cutting-edge Star Lesson Technology

29/04/2013

SJP is building up a valuable and easy to manage library of 'good practice', showcasing the culture of the award winning college and sharing the expertise of their teaching staff for the professional development of other experienced staff and trainees who join the college on teaching practice.

The college also uses Star Lesson to further enhance teaching skills. Teachers are able to observe and learn from their own teaching performance. One teacher is using the system to film his approach and techniques with similar classes to assess what teaching and learning strategies work well. His objective is to raise standards and achievements across his lessons for the benefit of all.

This summer SJP is hoping for a Guinness Book of Records entry with the largest ever game of Twister, and are using the Star Lesson recorder to record the event for the school website and an archive of achievements.

Other events being scheduled for Star Lesson recording are examination drama pieces, science experiments for health and safety training and special assemblies.

OFSTED recently reported that SJP "is an outstanding school in which exceptional things happen" and Paula Phillips, Assistant Head Teacher, comments that "Star Lesson is one of those exceptional things! Pupils flourish within the enhanced learning environment that our inspirational teaching creates".

 

Background

  • We have kite marks in... see website www.stjohnplessington.com
  • 1300 pupils aged 11- 18 mixed catholic college. In the top 5% of schools for CVA (inc enma)
  • We are school of the year 2010 and were runners up in 2009. We were also runners up for eco award in 2009.
  • Tom Quinn, our head teacher, is an NLE and NSL
  • Our handbooks (on the website) will give you more background.

 

Intended Outcome(s)

1.    To improve teaching and learning

2.    To share good practice with other schools and our own staff

 

The challenge

Staff were wary of recording themselves. A lot of work has been done to ensure that they feel that they have ownership of the footage. They needed to be confident that only they had access to the footage when they were using it for their own professional development.

 

 

 

Established practice

The only method of observation that SJP has used before Star Lesson was by having another, usually more experienced, member of staff sitting in the classroom making notes and giving verbal feedback.

 

The Star Lesson advantage

Feedback used to be based on some notes made by the observer and a dialogue that relied on memory. Star lesson makes feedback real. Staff can pinpoint parts of the lesson, show staff what it looked like from their angle and focus the discussion around what both the teacher and the observer could see. Star Lesson also removes the necessity to have an observer in the room, which changes the dynamics in class and creates a false reality. An observer can be based outside the classroom. This way also enables the observer to zoom in the camera and focus on something specific.

 

Key points for effective practice

  • Set up the equipment in advance of the lesson and play with the controls, angles and zoom.
  •  Record a sequence of lessons to demonstrate development

 

Conclusions and recommendations

Staff have control of their development. They can see their areas for development and their improvement

Customer Quote

"Using Star lesson for observations has put generation Y teachers at the centre of their own development"

Paula Phillips - Assistant Head Teacher

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