At school today we were discussing in the staffroom whether anyone watches Teachers .tv.
For those of you who don't know, Teachers.tv is a channel that is supposed to be for the "professional development" of teachers. However, nobody, I repeat, not a single soul at school said they watch it. What is the point of it ?
They don't have a "police.tv" or a "nurses.tv", so why a teachers .tv ?
It is supposed to aid professional development. But do teachers want to sit down when they get home and watch a tv show showing someone teaching maths then analysed the techniques used ? Only someone with far too much time on their hands can have the time to do this. We already have alot of professional development after school, in meetings, on training days and on courses. Teachers.tv. is overkill.
It must cost several million pounds a year to run. the cost of broadcasting it on Virgin Media, Sky and Freeview must in itself cost a lot of money. But more than that, the amount of effort that must go in to making the programmes must cost a small fortune. When you consider that less than 10,000 people a day watch the channel at all and over a 24 hour period that averages just 450 viewers at any one time. You have to ask "could the money be spent in a better way ?"
The TV channel says that all their programmes are available online to download. Wouldn't it be better, therefore, to make their channel a video on demand service for computers with Broadband connections ? Then every school could download something of interest whilst the enormous cost of the channel could be brought down. It could also be broadcast much like the internet tv station 18 Doughty Street, but for this government, I fear that is too logical.
Teachers.tv. argue that they also provide some programmes for school governors, Couldn't these be put on a free DVD for governors or again be made available for download ?
The only thing teachers.tv. is good for is as an exam question :
"Teachers.tv - What is the point of it ? - Discuss "