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Problem Statement

How might we enrich video with other resources or experiences so that it better supports your practice?

In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.


56 ideas

Create an accountability group for your personal growth. The group should include, but not be limited to, a colleague that teaches the same subject/level, a colleague that teaches a different...

My idea is to create videos that provides feedback or comments that shows up during the video. I could see this working in two ways: the first is that the teacher who taught the lesson can have the...

Provide a personalized way of learning for teachers through videos. The videos would be no longer than 40 minutes at the most. They would come in a series. For example, say you wanted to learn...

As I think back on my 4 years of undergrad work and then 2 years of graduate school, I had absolutely zero training on how to become a better teacher. All of my training focused on being a teacher....

Reflection and practice are key to professional learning. I took an online class where we responded to a prompt, and then got 3 other responses to comment on and score according to some criteria....

Being a middle/high school teacher, I often compete for my students' attention when in class. In reflecting on the awesome webinar I just attended on the Redesign Challenge, I am inspired when...

Each month, teachers are given a prompt, such as, "What does feedback look like in your classroom?" and invited to post the shortest video that best illustrates the answer to the question. I...

Post a video every month around a certain classroom practice, questioning techniques, collaboration, etc allowing plenty of time for educators to watch the video. (The video should be more of a...

Developing a series of videos for professional learning that not only highlight a lesson or strategy but also give viewers/participants a chance to "check in" on their understanding and thinking...

Effective teachers of at-risk learners constantly adapt texts, materials, and delivery to meet the needs of students. Embedding vocabulary practice, visual and kinesthetic supports, information...

We often struggle with PD resulting in action occurring in the classroom. Have PD tracks that people can choose from, for example classroom management or using data to drive instruction. Each track...

Great teaching involves many simultaneous, intentional choices by a master teacher. These decisions are much like those of a great film director who uses multiple camera angles, lighting, and sound...

Instead of doing a "blanket PD", we need to personalize learning for teachers more. We are all in different spots with our journey. It would be wonderful if we could use professional learning...

The idea is simple. You download the SCOA-app (School Observation App) from the app-store. With this observation tool you can observe your colleague on specific topics or areas (e.g. providing...

Refinement of Video Learning with Accountability

I work primarily with language learners, but I also work with quite a few struggling learners. My idea is that we get the kids talking on video. Ask them what helps them learn, what teachers can do...

I think the best videos for Professional Learning have multiple components. I personally like a video in which a teacher talks about the background/context that brought him or her to the inquiry...

I have seen many videos for PD over the years but never asked to do anything with the content in my classroom. Any form PD needs to be followed by an action plan. How am I going to use what I...

Professional learning videos need a component that provides the opportunity for us to apply the skills collaborate with others. Too often PL videos are one and done, but true professional learning...

Video tape you or your colleagues teaching an entire lesson. Include not only teacher dialogue but zoom in on student dialogue. Reflect on just a small part that you want to improve...it could be...

It can not be something that is checked out or only the top 10% are comfortable with or the impact will be minimal. It has to be easy enough that all teachers can use it and have the quality...

What if teachers, like residents in the medical field, studied, watched, and discussed the practices of master teachers in regards to certain content and skills? Teachers in a PLC could view expert...

Each teacher who would like to be involved must create a mini TED talk explaining how they promote a "championship" mentality in their classroom

Remember teachers are like the students during a PD. When watching a video for PD, teachers need to be engaged in the video. There needs to be an action and expectation throughout the learning....

The project involves taking professional learning from those most intimately involved with the Common Core--from the authors to the work team and validation team members and putting it directly in...

The problem with video PD or any PD is not necessarily receiving the content it is the mundane questions that are used as follow up. You know the "Answer these questions so we know you watched the...

Video in the classroom allows for a platform for teachers to not only collaborative with superiors, but with colleges in evaluating teaching practices and identifying deficiencies in those...

Why not watch videos from the writers of the standards. Implement a strategy or tool they speak about in your classroom and then get back together with colleagues to show evidence. For example...

what video PD typically lacks is follow up. Create an online community via a wikispace or Twitter group to be a follow up group that holds one another accountable for implementing what they learned...

PD Videos can be extremely long and extremely lonely. Short Video vignettes paired with a Skype and/or Twitter experience can add to the experience and develop effective PLNs. Have four 15 minute...

Using reality show tools such as the confession box in collaboration with video to get to the thought process behind the choices they make . Film several lessons this way and have Twitter chats to...

Have teachers interact with one another and learn from a PLN ratgeher than sit and get video. Engagement will translate into interaction. Authentic Teacher Leadership will also give more buy-in...

I've noticed a lot of teachers watch a video on one device and do what's being demonstrated on another. Having a cutaway in videos or a screen message with a natural pause point to assess and see...

Teachers, and students, need exemplars and models when embarking on new activities or attempting to use technologies or skills that are new to them. I would love to create a website dedicated just...

I would love to have access to classroom teacher video of techniques to use in the special education setting. This could be useful in two ways: 1) the supporting teacher could learn the techniques...

When time is of the essence, teachers can quickly scan video transcripts to cut to the chase. Closed captions can make it simple for educators to 'fast forward' through the video without missing...

Meet Up Groups are a great way to engage teachers and to better meet and address their individual professional development needs.

Instead of just showing teachers a video (which is like talking AT them), show them the video and then pose challenges and encourage conversation.

I'd like to use Twitter as my "just in time" professional development tool. Teachers would communicate with each other about new strategies and show samples to peers and supervisors with tweets....

I'd like to use Twitter as my "just in time" professional development tool. Teachers would communicate with each other about new strategies and show samples to peers and supervisors with tweets....

How many times have I sat passively in a PD session thinking 1.) that I have already attended sessions that delivered this content and feel ready to accelerate my learning? 2.) that I have found...

Create an online hub for teacher inquiry that helps educators use video to test and refine ideas based on their impact on students. Users engage via four parts of an inquiry cycle: (1) post or find...

When was the last time you shared something that didn't work out quite as you'd hoped? For me that was a couple weeks ago. When we share learning we should be as out there with mistakes and near...

Teachers post videos of their classroom and inquiry processes/findings. Teachers share how their practice may be applicable to other classrooms. Instead of posting a video to simply share a...

Add short quizzes/tests within the video or at the end of the video the keep participants engaged.

There's a tendency to go big and really take advantage of all that technology has to offer. When designing an education/training solution to a problem or opportunity three questions need to be...

The most powerful professional development is the sharing of good teaching practice and those enjoyable learning experiences. Have a phone with you at all times. Video your students. Interview them...

Which would you rather analyze, an adult’s tightly structured lesson or the brilliant things kids then do with it?

We started peer observations in my distinct in 2007. Most teachers were not comfortable with other teachers in their room observing them. Over the past 8 years, it has become a positive experience....

Video for Teacher Reflection, Learning, and Safe Collaboration

Prototype PD ideas with Plotagon iOS (Windows and Mac too) app.

Here are some strategic and tactical steps to consider when leveraging the power of video into teacher PD. Strategic Plan 1. Reach consensus of what good teaching is. 2. Agree on a set of shared...

In my class I keep a host of tutorials or informational websites for my students to use for clarification. Yet they can come to me to ask me for information that isn't there yet. Wouldn't it be...

As a librarian, I want to use EdPuzzle to begin the discussion on diverse books. I planned to use this video (http://tinyurl.com/q7qfzek) along with the questions I created to support the national...

I belong to the eLearning Guild and and ATD: professional organizations for instructional designers. I have benefitted greatly through my association with K-12 educators. My idea is to encourage...

My idea is to have a camera that will record 360 degrees and capture the entire room. I would like them to be easy for the teachers to use so that they can go back & watch themselves teach, or have...

Inkling is a performance support platform. It enables the creation, distribution, and assessment of mobile learning through video. Use Inkling to aggregate video that educators access in a branded...

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Problem Statement

How might we make professional development videos easier to find?

In Stage 1, you shared that it can be challenging finding videos that not only fit into your schedule, but also match the subject, grade level, or practice you’re looking for.


14 ideas
Inspiration

"First, I identify an analogous problem in nature and borrow from it."
~Philip Emeagwali.

Contrived. Uninspired. Disorganized. Obsolescent. There is no question that we have a problem with PD...

What has a shorter attention span than a goldfish? Apparently, a person! That's why I think 4-5 minute, highly specialized videos are the answer. Here is how it would work: *Exemplary practice is...

As Brian Grazer describes in his book, "A Curious Mind", I find that the best PD I've done is when I'm given freedom to follow my own curiosity. I get curious about things, investigate them, and...

A website that houses thousands of short videos of best teaching practices in action. These videos would feature teachers from varying grades, subject areas, specialties, and special education...

I have multiple Pinterest boards filled with hundreds of articles that I've found over the years. In some cases I have videos as well. I group the articles around common themes, such as...

What if we were able to live stream actual lessons in a classroom? During set times expert teachers can teach with a while using a web cam during a daily lesson or series of lessons.

Accessibility is the biggest challenge for so many teachers. If I have to wait to find the right website, chances are I will give up. But teachers are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest...

This is based on Lisa H's idea that education can use the idea of the TED app and its "surprise me" idea for getting viewers the video they wanted but didn't know they needed. I LOVE this and think...

Refinement of Is there an app for that? Surprise me!

There are numerous educational organizations and communities that are offering similar professional development opportunities. Partner up with one or more to try and expand your audience.

#KinderChat has a symbaloo where the document all resources shared throughout their chats. This could be a great place for people to post PD videos that they create or find and they can be...

Short (less than 6 minute) videos that link to related ideas/videos and an online backchannel, where the conversation keeps going.

Refinement of Small Bite Videos with Micro Credentialing

Anybody can post to YouTube, which is why it's such a sticky site. Users spend more than minutes browsing through the content available. And YouTube has done a great job keeping even more eyeballs...

When you come across professional development videos, it's often difficult to know exactly what it is you are about to see. Tagging videos based on the factors listed below will create a...

Innovation Specialist Christy Cate just finished her third Periscope stream of 6th graders working on an island survival activity. The raw nature of the video showing experiential learning engaging...

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Problem Statement

How might we use video to create professional learning experiences that inspire?

In Stage 1, you shared teaching isn’t just about skills and content knowledge. Professional learning experiences should also kindle our passion for this work.


16 ideas
Inspiration

Fortune 500 CEOs and economic big-wigs spend countless hours refining their presentation skills. They study themselves on film, refine their presentations, focusing on so much more than just their...

We know that inspiration is tied to a feeling of connection and relevance. We also know that to be inspired we have to be "wowed" or left in wonder. The best professional development does all this....

Next year I have been charged with launching our district's first "Teacher Leader Academy" the beginning of a teacher leadership pipeline and career pathway for effective educators in my district....

Picture this: A concentrated team of Teacher Feature Producers capture critical classroom moments that focus on valuable teaching moments and solutions to problems. The Bigger Picture: These...

I want to create inspirational videos with authentic, reflective communication from student interviews about the different stages of the learning process. So instead of just having their responses...

I attended the Teach to Lead Summit in Boston and proposed an idea about creating a website for professional development. I am in the middle of creating videos to post on my created website. I am...

Imagine you’re a new teacher, struggling in your room. You do what great teachers (and researchers) do—you search for answers. You go online, read blogs, join a GHO, buy books, talk to your peers....

At the end of the PD video or mini PD video - pose a challenge to the viewer to integrate into their own practice. What is one way you will increase student voice? What feedback for learning...

What if we flipped the community of professional learners to student learners? I would envision small groups of students reflecting on the lesson that was just taught as well as their learning. If...

Educators are nourished by the responses of their students; the good, the bad and the ugly. When students talk about their experiences, ideas, insights, it moves us to action and often inspires us...

Videoing a lesson, or sharing a video that seeks feedback is a great way to gather thoughts and ideas. However, receiving the feedback immediately is an issue as many coaches or administrators are...

Teachers are blogging about their practices everyday. It would be interesting to see a teacher blog via video and be able to watch the videos as if they were episodes of her/his classroom. I think...

Based on the attached article by Dr. Robert Brooks, teachers would answer one or more of the following questions posed by Brooks in the article through videos: 1. Describe a teacher you really...

I posted this experience in part one, but I have been impressed with a mini conference called ShadowCon (a teacher-led mini conference at NCTM). An excerpt from their website (shadowconmath.com):...

Teachers are always subjected to classroom visits and many times each it is an evaluation it could mean a lot of pressure. What if teachers allowed themselves to be video in class and the purpose...

I was thinking about ways to even further the discussion, feedback and questions in connection to the videos and work samples on the PD Site. I have been using Voxer to further discussions with...

Refinement of PD Site to Push Higher Level Thinking Skills using Technology

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Problem Statement

What other specific ideas do you have for improving educators’ experiences with professional learning video?


20 ideas
Inspiration

After ten days doing mock experiments in a simulated Martian environment, astronauts climbed into their “spacecraft” and then sat there for 240 days for their trip home. The spacecraft did not...

Making high quality modeling of conceptual, procedural, and applicational learning accessible to students around the world in high poverty and low teacher retention neighborhoods.

One idea that has been very impactful for our pre-service teachers is the use of FaceTime. Our coaches set up an iPad to shoot a class in real time using iOS' FaceTime. On the other end, our...

Much of our focus has been on videos that would show us master teachers at work - teaching. What about an insight into the master teacher planning? What does it look like when the master teacher...

I schedule live Hangouts on Air with various figures from education like authors, innovators, and thought leaders. Viewers can add comments and questions, sometimes collaborating with existing...

Professional Development days are not very flexible. If we could use videos to flip PD, like we flip lessons for our students, teachers would have the opportunity to learn at their convenience.

Google classroom is an incredible resources for teachers in their classroom, but it also a great resource for administrators and professional learning. Using Google Classroom, teachers can upload...

Video can be useful as part of professional learning because it brings each of us into other educators’ classrooms. As useful as it can be, its use can often be micro-managed at the well-intended...

Using Vimeo to house and archive professional development videos for educators would be a simple way to easily organize based on area of expertise, subject, or area featured. Vimeo accounts are...

Peer observations are apart of Kentucky's Professional Development system. However, getting teachers into the classroom while they are also teaching is difficult. Also, the peer observer is limited...

Refinement of Reflect, Improve, Impact

Having conversations around PD videos and anything related to our practice is important for growth. Reflecting and building off one another's ideas is so important and I think we need to make sure...

Educators across the nation are becoming familiar with the advancements of technology. With these advancements, technology is allowing educators to share ideas, strategies, tips, and much more with...

One of the biggest challenges in professionally developing teachers is the high amount of time teachers spend teaching in isolation in their classrooms. Peer observation is a potentially powerful...

Transparency is key when it comes to growth as an educator. A PLN is imperative to help support, kindle, and encourage risk-taking. I believe that there should be a website with archived videos...

Often, by our administrators, we are asked to watch PD on video, however, there is never any follow-up on what was watched.

Interactive 360 degree videos would serve multiple purposes. Teachers who viewed the videos would have the opportunity to ask and answer questions to gain a greater understanding. Teacher who...

After watching a video, join with others who have also watched the video via twitter or other social media outlets to discuss thoughts and lessons learned. Each video could have a specific hashtag...

I grew up watching old movies. One of my favs was when Mickey Rooney would say to Judy Garland (and the neighborhood gang) "Let's put on a show!" My idea is to do a video of a prototype of a...

At CUE15 I learned about Dr. Sugata Mitra and how he placed computer kiosks in rural villages in India. With access to the Internet kids (the kiosks were designed such that adults had to deal with...

Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich describes this month's layoff because company didn't innovate fast enough. How can we (educators) grow our innovation abilities? Motivated teachers/leaders/instructional...

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