Note: this was the process that was completed prior to the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 school year. The content below is provided for informational purposes only.
We are committed to supporting all teachers and leaders taking part in Project Cam Opener in 2015-16. This means that we want their proposals and plans to be the best that they can be, and the only way to do that is to ensure that they have supportive and transparent feedback. This is where you come in. On Kickstarter, you “back” a project. In Project Cam Opener, you become a feed-backer, sharing your ideas for making these proposals even better and starting these teachers and leaders on a path to success. There are many different ways to discover just the right proposals to “feed-back”, but we wanted to start with some guidance for how to go about this process.
For each proposal you choose to provide feedback for, please do the following:
- Open the Proposal Document.
- Read The Proposal Document.
- Open the Ratings/Feedback Form (either use this generic link or the specific link provided to you).
- Rate and Provide Feedback on the proposal.
- Make sure you have the right proposal document name chosen within the form, and then hit submit!
While we would love for you to bring your own special flavor of feedback to this process, we would encourage you to look carefully for the following three things:
- The teacher/leader describes a strong and pressing problem of practice that would be supported by engaging in video enhanced reflective practice.
- The teacher/leader understands who they are as an educator and can clearly express what they need and how they can support others within Project Cam Opener.
- The teacher/leader describes, in depth, how they will use the technology in order to support their professional growth and the growth of their students.
As you look for these three key things, you will likely run into the following pitfalls. If this should happen, please write a comment to help them improve their proposal:
- Forgetting to specifically address the technology requested and how it will actually be used within the teacher/leader’s practice.
- Focusing too much on student use of the technology and forgetting to discuss how the tools will actually improve professional practice.
- A general lack of reflection about the urgent and important needs of the classroom in favor of “nice to haves” using the tools.
In order to help you understand what a good answer looks like, here is a document with examples for each of the questions.
Here are all of the ways you can start to become a “feed-backer”: First, if you don’t have a preference for geography or content area/grade level, please use this quick form to receive a few proposals directly to your inbox. These will be randomly generated, and you can fill out this form as many times as you wish to receive more proposals. Second, if your are geographically minded, here is a map of our fair city with all of our Project Cam Opener Proposals placed as pins. The colors correspond to number of years teaching.