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Zack

Shelby County Area Technology Center

Flip PD with Videos

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.

Potential Impact

Flipping PD would allow for easier differentiation. If there were a few options for which video teachers could watch, we would have more ownership of our development. We could choose the content we want to focus on and then use the actual PD day to put the knowledge into practice and collaborate with others. It would allow teachers to maximize the effectiveness of their time. The PD could also happen in person for individuals not comfortable with technology, but for tech savvy teachers, this would be a way to allow them to move at their own pace.

Possible Implementation

The presenter(s) could make the video(s) and use a platform like EdPuzzle or eduCannon to host the video. With this kind of platform, the viewer is forced to watch the whole video. Questions can be embedded to check for understanding.


Discussion (8)

Over 5 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Zach, I love the idea of personalized learning for PD. What kind of reflection process would continue the learning and allow the viewer to implement the strategy and receive feedback? Thank you for sharing!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Zack

Shelby County Area Technology Center

Great questions. I think you could link a survey for immediate feedback or use an open ended question right on EdPuzzle for the presenter. I like the idea of being able to implement the strategy and then receive/give feedback via a scheduled observation time that could be set up through email or survey. We could even take it a step further and record the lesson as a video and send it to a facilitator for feedback. When receiving feedback from the observer/facilitator, we could discuss what worked or didn't work and brainstorm ways to better implement the strategy or create new strategies that would work for whatever we were trying to improve. I think that would value autonomy and collaboration at the same time.

Over 5 Years Ago

I like this idea. Would there be a way to monitor how much time is spent with the material? I have to show that I've done so many hours of PD to renew my license every 5 years so having the time verified would be important.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Zack

Shelby County Area Technology Center

That's a good question. I'm not sure there would be a way to monitor exactly how much time each person spent on any given video or assignment. The person responsible for putting the PD together would probably have to anticipate how long it should take to work through all of the material and award PD credit based on that. If follow-up time is needed that would also have to be taken into account. It could be a little messy at first. My hope would be that districts could troubleshot some of these issues within the first few individualized PD opportunities and then, with some minor tweaks, create a workable system for differentiation. If districts used EdPuzzle or eduCannon the viewer cannot skip ahead, so once someone completes a video assignment, you know they spent at least the amount of time to watch the video. Answering embedded questions would be another way to monitor progress, and would be a useful assessment of understanding.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Zack, I really like this idea! I started expanding on it to add in the component of accountability. It is under "Google Classroom for PD". I think we could collaborate to make this a really great way for teachers to having autonomy in their learning, but also to be inspired and coached in their work. Let me know what you think!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Rachel & Zack - Google Classrooms is free but also only available to districts that are Google Apps For Ed Districts. This is a barrier for some teachers. What might we do to make this more accessible?

Over 5 Years Ago

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Zack

Shelby County Area Technology Center

Excellent question Lisa. I think districts could probably find another learning management system that would work in nearly the same fashion. Something free and accessible like Edmodo or Moodle might be considered. There are others that I'm not as familiar with that may work equally well. If I were a district looking for a free platform to use, I would assemble a team of knowledgable teacher leaders and ask them to research, play with, and rate a few different options to pitch to an advisory council (made up of teachers and administrators) in order to determine which system would best meet the needs of their teachers.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Yes, I agree. If as Google Classroom becomes more available it will be a great resource, but Edmodo or Doctopus or another LMS could supply the same structural support. Zack, I'm excited about that link! Can't wait to look through the resources! One thing that could also be really cool would be to combine it with Teaching Channel to create "classes" of videos that could help administrators to direct teachers to meaningful resources, or to help teachers find the resources they need to seek out their own professional learning.

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