HUE cameras are intuitive and versatile resources that are at home in any classroom. They are nosey, they love to be in the thick of the action and they are great at multi-tasking.
Using HUE Intuition software, they can also be transformed into visualisers and document cameras with a variety of exciting uses across the curriculum.
As every teacher knows, ‘capturing the moment’ in a busy classroom is what really counts especially when it comes to assessing what children know, what they don’t know and what they partly know. But that’s no easy task and those magic moments can easily slip through your fingers, get forgotten or just go unnoticed.
This is where HUE cameras come to the rescue.
HUE HD Pro cameras are perfect partners in the classroom for grabbing real-time formative and summative assessment evidence. They see and collect what children do and say as it happens so that it isn’t lost.
HUE Intuition software means that you can record what’s happening ‘live’ and go back to it later for review. These videos can be replayed via your laptop or interactive whiteboard, or embedded on a website or blog.
HUE also provides a means to take a piece of work from a pupil and immediately show it to a whole class, perhaps highlighting particular features or small details of the work. It can harness the power of feedback to increase learning, by ensuring that feedback causes cognitive rather than an emotional reaction.
What did HUE say?
But what about when it comes to assessing oracy?
Spoken language is ephemeral, context bound and capturing discussion may change its nature (Mercer, 2018). However, the fun design of HUE cameras makes them very user-friendly and they can be set up to capture natural conversations.
Some schools use video to help pupils review and evaluate their interactions in lessons by setting up talk activities as illustrated in the report ‘The State of Speaking in Our Schools: Oracy in English Schools’.
Pupils play back their video to self and peer assess in terms of how they used eye contact, how they contributed, debated, reasoned and argued. This gives teachers plenty of information themselves to build-on too. Clearly, HUE can play its part in developing high quality oracy opportunities where pupils learn through talk and to talk, and as ‘The State of Speaking in Our Schools’ says, “visualisers help pupils engage in detailed discussion about strengths and areas for development.”
Another highly practical way to use HUE HD Pro cameras is for capturing more formal test information such as short, light-touch objective assessments.
For example, HUE can be an invaluable way of recording children’s responses as part of administering the phonics screening check by allowing teachers to have a permanent record of how children performed and how they can be helped to improve. This information could form part of a child’s assessment record and be shared with parents and colleagues.
The strategic use of a HUE camera in summative situations provides for more comprehensive and useful information of student efforts, especially when it is the spoken word being assessed. Using a visualiser helps you to accurately and reliably assess a child’s oracy profile including their physical, linguistic, cognitive and social and emotional skills.
The power of the HUE HD Pro lies in its possibilities to allow teachers to watch the recordings of assessments and view from different perspectives in order to plan next steps in learning more purposefully.
HUE looking at me?!
They can be used intuitively within a lesson so they naturally complement existing teaching practice and powerfully contribute to learning and assessment.
But let’s not forget that they can also be a powerful tool to use for a range of quality assessments and so help teacher workload.
They really are do-it-all sidekicks that provide a myriad of creative and practical teaching, learning and assessment possibilities.