I have found short (4-5) minute videos with a specific focus (e.g., unpacking a standard, designing a learning objective, creating a formative assessment, etc.) to be the most helpful. Recently, a colleague of mine began editing these "small bite" videos to include reflective questions and running commentary. I really like both features because I get the chance to independently deconstruct the video, but I also like the straightforward presentation of information (after all, I don't always know what I don't know and no amount of reflection can necessarily change that:) Finally, I enjoy the streamlined focus--finding the right video is easy and efficient.

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4 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

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

HI Marisa, welcome to the RDC! Wow! I love the idea of short clips that allow you to find a specific technique. Sounds like you guys have a fabulous model. Adding the reflective component is so important. Do your colleagues watch the clips as a group and reflect or individually?

4 Years Ago

Hi Kip, Hi Chris-- Kip: Right now, we are looking at ways to differentiate our professional learning using the short clips. One of our goals is to build a digital library. Chris: Both. Sometimes, I believe a think aloud makes more sense when what goes on is not necessarily observable (data analysis toward creating flexible groups, etc.) during instruction. At the same time, observing implementation is important too as with questioning techniques/strategies, etc.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

This idea is really interesting. Can you give us an example of the type of video you are using?

4 Years Ago

Hi Lisa-- Yes, we are using videos of teachers at our school. The idea is to acknowledge and leverage in house expertise. The nice thing is that the subject teacher is available for QA, follow up, etc. As different teachers tend to have different questions/struggles, this is a nice feature of using teachers from our school in the videos.

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Marisa, I would be interested in hearing if you are thinking about this as in filming a teacher in the classroom or filming the teacher doing a think-aloud during his/her prep process?

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

I love the idea of short 4-5 minute videos. Teachers will find the time to watch shorter videos. In this age, it is seldom we sit to watch something over 15 minutes unless it is either required or extremely captivating.

4 Years Ago

Hi Heidi-- Exactly! I have spent probably 100s of hours looking for on point and relevant professional learning videos just to come up empty. It has felt like such a waste of my most precious and limited resource--my time!!

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