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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

Video is a great tool for learning. I enjoy TED talks, KHAN academy, and YouTube on a regular basis. The videos I enjoy the best are the videos that inspire creative thinking through powerful, authentic messages. I am an advocate for reflection and I share that with my students. I also challenge them regularly as well. My students understand "why" I asked them to do what they do in my classroom and it is shown in their reflective writing pieces that we do. The reason I share this story is that my idea going forward is to create an inspirational video that provides authentic communication from student interviews and classroom observations in the different stages of the learning process. So instead of just having their responses on paper or just filming the classroom during instruction, I want to combine both of these to create a video that links; student engagement and their personal thoughts. I think this could a be a powerful tool to inspire creative minds going forward.


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Over 3 Years Ago

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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Reflection is a powerful tool in education. Not only for students, but educators as well. I think that is where we really grow when we are able to be honest about our practices and our thinking. Any time something is authentic I think it truly enhances the experience!

Over 3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Daniel--thank you for such a detailed response. We will begin to explore new ideas in stage two, but for now, can you expand on experience with videos currently? In what ways have you used them with your students, currently?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

Chris - I usually watch TED talks for inspiring creativity when I feel stagnant or stuck in rut, and KHAN academy and YouTube for differentiation strategies when needed. I have also filmed myself teaching to reflect on my language used during different phases of the learning process and to watch the interactions between students during certain activities. This year I have added instructional videos to my website. These serve as supplements for my students, not the primary source of instruction like the traditonal flipped classroom that some teachers in my building have started to use this year. I have found that the parents of my students enjoy the videos, as much, if not more than the kids. A lot parents have forgotten the math they learned in high school from not using it or they weren't very good at it in the first place. They benefit from them so they can help their children with their homework. It's been great to hear these stories from them.

Over 3 Years Ago

Natalie M

Franklin Simpson Middle School

I have also used flipped learning and I like the versatility it brings to my classroom. Like you, I am looking for other ways to utilize flipped learning other than the traditional way.. Next year I plan on allowing my students to create some of the videos in order to differentiate my instruction.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Daniel! I see you have an interest in TED. Would you like to participate in a Google Hangout tomorrow at 7:30 to discuss TED and other videos that can inspire us as educators?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

Lisa - Yes I would. Let me know what I need to do to join you all. Thanks!

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Daniel, please stick around for Stage 2. I wanted to share an idea I thought of after reading your post. Lots of potential there!

Over 3 Years Ago

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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

I will! I can't wait to hear what you have and to collaborate.

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Daniel, so excited that you joined the RDC! I love the variety of videos that you use for your students but never thought of involving the community in Professional Learning with videos. Wow! What an amazing idea to share teaching strategies with the parents of your students. How did you decide when/what to film?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

Kip -- I first learned about the website creator Weebly and screencast-o-matic, at a tech PD in our district. During that time I was inspired to create my own website with Weebly and to make videos with Screencast so that my students had more resources then just paper notes to refer back to in their educational arsenal. The missing link was the way to record my voice in order to connect the two tools together. Our fantastic library media specialist hooked me up with a computer camera so I could film myself and pick up the sound of my voice. Now I had all the tools for the job. I am able to record a short instructional video with Screencast with me talking through each step of the thought process, download my video to YouTube, and then upload it to my website. Deciding when and what to film was based off my overall feel for the complexity of the concept and student/parent responses. The recordings started with my idea and all parties really enjoyed the extra help so the students/parents started to request them as well which makes it a collaborative effort.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Daniel - Can we count on you tonight for the GHO?

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

I am excited to see how your experiences evolve in Stage 2! It is my goal to do more flipped learning in my AP classes next school year so that we have more time in class to really explore the content. You just might be my inspiration!

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Daniel - I would love to see what comes out of a conversation between you and Carly B. Math and Science make great partners and you both have an interest in KA and flipped learning. Partners in crime, perhaps??

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