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Kate B

Southern Regional Board of Education

My district is trying to get an in-house professional development system up and running by asking teachers to present after school on various educational topics, but we've encountered scheduling conflicts for folks to attend in person. For example, I was asked three weeks ago to present on how I run Socratic Seminars in my class, and while I accepted the invitation, I later had a scheduling conflict (department meeting) and could not present live. Rather than back out of presenting, I recorded a screencast of the process (video attached) and prepared a packet of resources for participants. I know that 9 people attended the live session after school, but when I check the YouTube video analytics only 6 people have viewed the video at this time.


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3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

That is an interesting story, Kate; thank you for sharing (and welcome to the RDC!!! so glad you are here). What do you make of that percentage of views? Have you tried to draw any conclusions?

3 Years Ago

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Kate B

Southern Regional Board of Education

The few number of views indicates that folks aren't watching! So.... 1. What can be done to increase viewership? 2. Thinking about flipped learning & professional development, what kind of accountability should there be with viewing the videos? In other words, should viewers do more than just watch? 3. Will flipping professional development from live presentation to video increase professional development participation? And I have some questions about the quality/techniques of my attached video (which can later be applied to future video creation): 1. Was the video enjoyable to watch? Did you understand the content? 2. What could I do differently to improve the quality of the video? 3. include background music, yes or no? If yes, what is a good rule of thumb for picking music and setting the volume of the background music? This was my first time creating a video that uses continual narration and background music.

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Great reflective questions. Keep those in mind. I am confident we will be able to use them for solution generation once we get to Stage 2.

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Kate, welcome to the RDC! Have any of your other colleagues attempted the same idea? If so, were their experiences similar?

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Kate! Great to see you on RDC. I really liked your video! Great synopsis of this strategy. Your reflection questions are awesome. I do think that we should be doing more with the video than just watching; however, I think the accountability issue (which is real and important) sometimes makes a really great professional learning opportunity into just another mandate. What are the typical measures for accountability after an in-house professional learning?

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