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Video and Teaching

post #1 of 6
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One of the more powerful teaching tools I have encountered was the use of video analysis during a recent NASTC ski camp. It is one thing to be told what you are doing wrong, it is definetly another to see yourself screw up in living color.

Coupling the new micro digital video cameras with a laptop (stored in a locker) would allow rapid analysis at lunch time such that mistakes made in the AM could be worked on in the PM. Ignoring the techno-geek factor of this approach, I am curious if the intructors on the board would find it useful or overkill.
post #2 of 6
If I had someone to video tape me I would be using it. Several schools already offer this for their multi day camps.
post #3 of 6
I had the opportunity to attend three clinics this year that had video.

Two showed the video over lunch and then did a second one the second day, the third had the group do runs in between video and playback.
Both were well done.

Everyone should be videod! We might think we are doing it right, and understand what to do to correct errors, but seeing it... a picture is worth a thousand words.

The movement analysis shown during "freeze frame" is helpful. See what we were able to do with duchan in his thread. Image hearing the comments and then being able to ski the corrections!
post #4 of 6
Video is one fantastic tool. Use it if you can find a way!!!

During the course of this season I did video for almost all of our certification groups, selected public clinics as well as the evening MA sessions conducted by Bob Barnes.

With the cert groups and clinics we were able to go right into Patrol Headquarters at the top of the mountain and review the tape almost immediately. While many people in the general public are hesistant about seeing themselves on tape, almost uniformly they think it is worthwhile once they have been through the process.

Instructors love it even if they look like sh*t.
The feedback the clinicians could give the candidates really set the tone for the next part of their training. Being able to play the tapes in slow motion or frame by frame is great.

For Bob's MA sessions we would add guest interviews to skiing shots trying as closely as possible to mirror the Rocky Mountain movement analysis exam process and help the candidates develop skills with the GCT model.

Many times I'll take my little Sony TRV11 on the hill and shoot my students in our lessons and play back their video right on the hill. The small screen makes it hard but the immediate feedback can be priceless.
post #5 of 6
Video rocks. During most of the season, we have video analysis on-the-hill at Breck for intermediate and upper level lessons. Though it is a fixed setup, with a building, it helps a lot.

I always promise that I'll look the fattest on camera...
post #6 of 6
Last season I specifically requested my (private) instructor bought up his camera and recorded a few sequences during some of our sessions. Although a low level skiier may be unaware of "how" they should be skiing, I think higher level skiers are also able to analyse themselves. I was surprised that I didn't look half as awkward as I felt, but as we went through the tape I was able to both see what he was trying to get me to do, and compare "before and after" sequences. For those instructors looking to differentiate themselves from their peers and get more private requests it could be something to consider.


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