I have had one full day of training on the basics of StudioCode software and already my head is spinning with thoughts and ideas about uses of this software for my field: Here are just a few of my initial thoughts:
- StudioCode is more than video coding software. It has data analysis (descriptive statistics) capabilities through the use of scripting code windows. The same code windows used for data collection and analysis can also turn into a powerful presentation tool! I am astounded at some of the amazing presentations Ryan has put together to present coded video.
- The live capture capability is one of the features (one of many) that makes this program stand out from other video coding programs. I can see this as a very useful tool for teacher observations, particularly using the Apollo software to access code windows. Schools could make a standard “quality indicators” code window based on their APPR plan and/or they could have individual code windows set up based on specific goals for teachers to improve their teaching practices (e.g., the use of positive praise/language, the amount of wait time after a question is posed, the use of proximity control to monitor behavior). A live could set up a camera to video record a teacher’s lesson during an observation while an administrator or teacher coach simply touched the screen to code live during an observation. Any additional coding could be added later. I see this as a huge advantage to only being able to code after recording is completed because of the amount of time it could waste. An evaluator could theoretically code 8 or 9 observations a day (one per period) and not have any “homework” after the observations if the code windows were set up correctly.
- StudioCode allows multiple videos to be “stacked” for coding. In sports, this allows for multiple angles of the same incident. In education, this is also useful, particularly when conducting research. I just finished a pilot research study utilizing the iPad as a multimodal eWorkbook to replace traditional paper-pencil worksheets during independent math practice. When I start up the next phase of the research this fall, I will try to utilize two cameras: one that focuses in on the iPad to code the engagement with the iPad and one that focuses a more broad look on the classroom to look at the student’s independence (to see how the student interacts with other people in the room).
- The code window allows for visual representation of the hierarchy of codes. The activation links can allow for detailed codes to activate broader categories.
Look for some upcoming video posts to demonstrate these ideas in action!