Why Sibme?

Video-enhanced professional learning and coaching makes all your initiatives ongoing, classroom focused, collaborative, and job-embedded, all of the factors that lead to success. The Sibme platform is flexible and enhances the following professional learning models in a single user-friendly, secure platform.

Self-reflection

Instructional Coaching

Classroom Walkthroughs

Peer Observations

PLCs

Teacher Preparation

Instructional Rounds

Professional Development Training

Mentoring

Solving problems is easy for most professionals. The tricky part is finding the problems to solve. In the day-to-day chaos of most challenging jobs, we rarely have time to reflect on our practice and hone in on our biggest blind-spots. Sibme makes it easy. In your private Workspace, you can store and annotate videos that no one else can see. It’s the perfect, secure place to keep a running log of your improvement, and to catch new blind-spots to improve.

Instructional coaches provide differentiated support that helps teachers implement evidence-based practices in a variety of educational settings. Sibme enhances the instructional coaching process by allowing coaches and teachers to set professional learning goals, share resources, and share video of classroom teaching anytime, anywhere.

Sibme’s intuitive, interactive platform is compatible with any instructional coaching process, whether your school or district has adopted Knight’s “High-Impact Instruction,” Marzano’s “Art and Science of Teaching,” Aguilar’s “The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation,” Lemov’s “Teach Like a Champion, Saphier, Haley-Speca, and Gower’s “The Skillful Teacher,” or others. Our coaching Huddles provide a safe and secure space to nurture growth and hone teachers’ classroom skills.

Using the Sibme iOS or Android app, an instructional leader conducting a walkthrough can capture the short lesson segment during the observation and quickly upload the video to a focused Classroom Walkthrough Huddle.

All lesson segments can be organized and categorized based on the focus of the observation from your checklist of evidence-based practices. The segments can be stored for further reflection and/or shared privately with the observed teacher along with discussion questions and time-stamp feedback.

Sibme’s collegial partner Huddles provide a safe space to model lessons and share instructional strategies with peers you trust. Traditional Peer Observations spend scarce resources on substitute teachers, lose precious instructional days, and limit observations to less-than-ideal times. Sibme stops time and allows you to focus on exactly on what you want to observe and share.

Teachers can control the videotaping process using their own iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android. Capture only what you want to model, upload to Sibme, and quickly share the whole video lesson or use our video editor to clip specific segments. Pair with related resources in our secure Huddles to share with peers.

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

Sibme PLC Huddles enable teachers within a certain grade-level or content area to film a lesson, strategy, or skill to share with their team to facilitate reflection and conversation. PLC Huddles also provide a safe space to conduct blended lesson studies with your PLC throughout the school year. By using Sibme, your PLCs won’t be limited to a common planning period, and you can keep track of your progress!

Sibme can help Schools of Education and Alternative Certification Programs better prepare their teacher candidates during clinical work and edTPA assessmentrequirements. One of edTPA’s requirements is to submit segments of teaching videos to be reviewed and scored. Sibme streamlines the entire process for student teaching programs: using our mobile app and online platform for video capture, upload, sharing, feedback and discussion tools, and secure hosting in one cloud-based solution.

During Instructional Rounds, your team can record the 15-20 minute observation from a smartphone or tablet using the Sibme iOS or Android app and upload the video to a Huddle created specifically for instructional rounds.

The “problem of practice” can be added to each Huddle description. Observations pertaining to that focus can be organized, stored, annotated, and discussed with the instructional leadership team during team debriefs. Enhancing this process with technology can provide a clear picture of reality in your school system and accelerate your goal of improving teaching and learning in your school district.

Professional development presenters, teachers, or consultants can create custom Huddles for focused presentations, including samples of actual teaching from local teachers introducing new skills or instructional strategies. Rather than being passive observers of newly introduced instructional strategies, teachers become active participants in their own learning with their peers during the workshop, viewing and annotating actual instruction.

Many schools find that mentoring is an important strategy to help new teachers adjust to the instructional and social aspects of their new profession. Sibme Huddles enhance the mentoring process, providing a safe space for mentors and new teachers to share classroom videos and related resources and facilitate data-driven dialogue about best instructional practices.

Huddles allow mentors to upload, organize, and store recorded classroom lessons and related resources to model strategies for their mentee. In turn, mentees can upload and share recorded classroom lessons with their mentor and receive time-stamped feedback on their teaching.

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