ERIC Number: ED357922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Video as a Leadership Tool in a Rural School District.
Blackmer, Larry A.
In a rural school district in northern Michigan, video is used as an administrative tool to communicate with board of education members, staff, and students. The great distances between schools makes board visits to areas of interest impractical. The district superintendent uses videos to take the board on tours of facilities so that they can get close-up views of maintenance and renovation problems, and to allow board members to view classroom activities at their convenience. Videos of maintenance problems have also been used to develop priorities for summer maintenance schedules; in one case, such videos led a manufacturer to replace a faulty roof. With regard to the district's team management approach, video provides firsthand observation of problems and issues, allowing the team to reach a common understanding prior to decision making. Video is an inservice tool for presenting information to staff at a fraction of the cost of a formal inservice program. Teacher applicants may send video resumes, complete with demonstrations of teaching effectiveness, or may have a long-distance interview via interactive video. From an instructional point of view, video provides students with another medium to express competency in a given subject area. A student anti-drug advocacy group has used video to inform classmates about problems associated with misuse of alcohol. Administrators have used "hidden" videos to confront students about smoking behavior. (SV)
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