Classroom Filming

Why We Film Classrooms

Classroom video is at the heart of Teachstone’s products. We certify observers by asking them to reliably code video segments. Our myTeachstone video resources and interactive courses use authentic classroom moments to model exemplary CLASS practices and support teacher professional development. Since we are constantly adding new resources to myTeachstone and creating new videos for our six reliability tests, we have a consistent need to collect new classroom footage.

Find out more in our FAQs below.

Classroom Filming

Where does Teachstone get their classroom footage?

From all over the United States and from other countries. Teachstone is committed to filming in diverse settings so that our content feels relatable to all.

Is your filming staged?

No. When we go into classrooms, we encourage teachers and students to go about their normal day. We try to stay out of the way and minimize any disruptions to capture the most authentic footage possible.

Do the teachers receive incentives for being filmed?

We offer an honorarium in the form of gift cards to teachers that are filmed and the administrator(s) that help us coordinate the filming. We can also give temporary access to the footage for use for internal Professional Development.

Do all of the teachers in my school have to participate?

No, we will film only the teachers that would like to participate.

Filming Process

How long does filming last?

Typically, we like to film one entire school day in each classroom, but we do have the videographer take breaks during times that cannot be coded, such as nap time.

What is the filming process like?

The process starts with a phone conversation where we learn about you and your school and answer your questions about filming. Next, we find out if other teachers at your school are interested in participating and obtain permission from your administration. Protecting the identities of the children and teachers we film is very important to us. As a result, we require that teachers and parents of students being filmed sign consent forms prior to filming. Once all consent forms have been signed, we will schedule a time to visit your school that is convenient for you.

When it’s time to film, our videographer travels to your school. The videographer typically spends one day in each participating classroom. On the day of filming, teachers should follow their typical routine and adhere to planned activities. We want to capture an authentic day in the life of each classroom we visit so the videos we create will feel relatable.

Will users who see my footage know who I am or who the children are?

No. During the filming, we do our best to exclude full names and identifying details of all teachers and students being recorded. If a full name or the school name is said or seen, we bleep or blur it during our editing process to protect the identities of those shown.

Participating

How can I participate?

Fill out the form below and we will reach out to you!

Are there any specific types of classroom footage that you’re in need of right now?

Yes! We are in need of Spanish Infant, Toddler and Pre-K classroom footage. We also need English Infant and Toddler classroom footage, Family Childcare, and Special Needs classroom footage.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Email Heather Sason (Heather.Sason@teachstone.com) with any filming or other video-related questions.

Interested in having your classroom filmed?