Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by Mr Magoo, Feb 8, 2017.
Feb 8, 2017
I never liked the idea of cameras in the classroom PERIOD! It almost seems like an invasion of privacy. It's like you have to watch your back over every little thing because someone is ALWAYS watching. Now with all the new technology children are able to film at will and post it any where
Feb 9, 2017
At one particular private school that I interviewed with, they informed me that they had cameras in each classroom which fed into one central surveillance monitoring system. Each camera footage was transmitted into a camera installed on the principal's and vice principal's desktop computer in their office retrospectively. They told me this was done to monitor student behavior, and to have documented evidence during parent teacher conferences, in the case of an issue with a parent not believing their child could misbehave in such a way. But, I always thought the purpose was for something else but don't know what for- maybe to help keep tabs on the teacher. Maybe something happened there at that school before. It's a similar situation with the teachers wearing body cameras and being monitored all the time in England.
Wouldn't that be a GOOD thing when it comes to teachers being accused of x,y,z? Usually it's a she said - he said scenario and it's really hard to get the objective reality. But if there were cameras to CAPTURE it... how could you argue? "Well Mr. J slapped me." Looks at camera. No he didn't. Case closed.
And as teachers you SHOULD always act like someone is watching. If you're not doing anything untoward what are you worried about? I tell the students to always act like someone is watching because there usually is!
My previous principal often told us to always "assume you are being recorded". He didn't mean it literally, just that we should always conduct ourselves as if the world were watching (advice I give to my students as well).
It is not always good when the cameras are being used for picky purposes. The director at my previous job used the cameras to pick on teachers for every little mishap
We've had cameras in our classroom, I've worked here for 4 years (they were in use before as well). We can opt out, but I love it. No kid can ever accuse me of putting my hands on them or doing something inappropriate, or there is a fight, it can be use to see who did what, in case of theft, etc.
I don't see it as them spying on me, I got nothing to hide.
Audio is not recorded, that would be an invasion of privacy.
Body cameras? That's way overboard. What is the purpose? I's a school, yes kids can act really horrible at time, but - at least in my district -teachers words still count so if I say I saw something done, they will believe me.
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