How to process class photos in the NIT of time: New school web app helps teachers reclaim Non-Instructional Time
There is a juggling act going on in most schools as administrators try to balance maintaining quality teaching time while helping teachers reclaim Non Instructional Time.
Non Instructional Time, or NIT, is crucial for teaching staff because it allows them to complete lesson plans, mark students’ work, and carry out a slew of administrative tasks.
However, despite Australian teachers working longer hours than most of their colleagues overseas, new technology and changing expectations are compelling them to become school and classroom photographers and videographers as well.
Parents and administrators are relying on media savvy teachers to use their phones, cameras, and other devices to capture and report school and student events and milestones.
But for this extra media content to be valuable to the school community, somebody needs to sort, label, and index it, and for many teachers this simply means more NIT is consumed carrying out this important but mundane task.
There is no extra time
It would be one thing if teachers could be given an extra time allowance for this laborious task of processing media content, but according to the OECD, Australian teachers are already work longer hours than most of their colleagues around the world.
As you can see in this 2015 OECD Teaching Hours data, primary school teachers in Australia are already clocking up 866 teaching hours per year, and their secondary school counterparts are working 806.
This is almost 100-200 hours more than teachers in Japan, Finland, and Korea, countries where academic achievement is also highly prized.
So the solution is to find ways to reclaim Non Instructional Time, which SchoolBench™ can do by processing photos and videos in the “NIT of time”.
How SchoolBench™ helps teachers reclaim Non Instructional Time
Quite simply, teachers who’ve seen SchoolBench™ demonstrated are always amazed by the speed and the ease with which they can contribute media content to the school.
From dragging and dropping folders of photos into the web app, to sending selected material, SchoolBench™ works its magic to do the following tasks in just a few seconds:
- Read the metadata on each image, video, or sound file to note the time and date it was taken
- Run facial recognition across content to identify students
- Cross reference usage permissions for each item, internal, web, and/or social, based upon the students contained
- Securely store material in the school network
- Make content quickly and easily available to authorised users across the school network for use in newsletters, website updates, marketing material, social media, and bespoke student collections
Of course, SchoolBench™ alone cannot guard against all the various threats to NIT, but it can be a very powerful tool in helping teachers enrich the school community with knock on effects of improved productivity for administrative and communication staff.
In a 2006 paper, Creating Non Instructional Time For Elementary School Teachers, a key focus was on ensuring NIT was “quality time”.
Principals want a degree of knowledge about how teachers are using their Non Instructional Time but also wish to respect and honor the professionalism of teachers.
We believe SchoolBench™ helps schools move closer to this goal because it is removing mundane tasks from NIT and helping teachers reclaim Non Instructional Time for higher order activities like collaboration and professional development.
Please share this article with your school management and ICT team so we can arrange a demonstration and Q and A session to determine how SchoolBench™ can help you flourish in your role as teacher and community content producer.