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Rachel S

Google Classroom for Differentiated Professional Development

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 videos and be assigned videos to watch. This allows for online learning for teachers with assignments and lesson study they could complete at their own pace and without the need of hiring subs to help for observations. I learned about this at a conference I went to, and I thought it was an innovative way to allow teachers autonomy in their learning, but still provide accountability. I think this would also work really well alongside what Zach wrote in "Flip PD with Videos"

Potential Impact

Google Classroom allows for tracking of assignments and work, so it provides accountability for completing lessons and gives a chance to set goals and deadlines. This makes it a great platform for guiding a series of professional learning.

Possible Implementation

I think this could be implemented by starting with teachers setting individual professional learning goals. Then teachers can post videos and provide feedback to one another using the other google tools. This could be peer-to-peer work, or could be facilitated by administrators.


Discussion (7)

Over 4 Years Ago

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Zack

Shelby County Area Technology Center

This would be a great combination with flipping PD through videos. It provides a solid platform for organizing and tracking progress, and it creates a way for teachers to interact. I'm not familiar with Google classroom, but it looks like it would allow teachers to comment on the assignment and each others comments to create a richer professional development experience than I originally conceived. I'm curious though, how would you break the "class" down? Would you include everyone in the district in one class, or would you go by school? My concern is that if we broke it down by district it might be too large, and if we broke it down by school it might be too insular. Maybe a break down by level: elementary, middle, and high?

Over 4 Years Ago

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Hi Zack, thanks for responding. There is a cap to the class size. There is a way for teachers to have multiple classes, however, which could be one way to try to get around it. So you could have a "School" of google classroom, with each classroom being a grade level or a content area or the teachers in one school, depending on the size of the district. The nice part is that classes can have conversations with each other on classroom, which would allow for collaboration between teachers. What are your thoughts about how to create a learning "course" for teachers, knowing which videos to watch, etc? For example, do you think it would be better to have teachers post their own videos and get feedback, or for teachers to observe a sequence of videos around a particular goal or learning plan and practice implementation in their own room?

Over 4 Years Ago

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Zack

Shelby County Area Technology Center

I think that teacher leaders would have to be selected to design "courses" for PD. The teacher leader or team of leaders would have to select the content based on identified needs within a certain population (e.g. math teachers). They would also need to work with administrators to ensure everyone who needs to be in the loop is in the loop. At first I envision the videos as being made outside the group, like using videos from teachingchannel.org or YouTube, and asking the audience to focus on a particular strategy they could all implement and give feedback on in the comments section. Once teachers are comfortable with the platform and process, the teacher leaders could make observations and create local videos of teachers to use. There might also be a PD class where teachers are asked to upload videos from their own classroom to receive feedback. Once the platform is up and running, the options for how to use videos are wide open.

Over 4 Years Ago

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I think that's really smart. Using video that already exist can facilitate discussion amongst the school about some of the video logistics, and then having the chance to upload their own videos can build their own practice and also incorporate feedback and reflection into the videos. I had commented on another idea with this, but I'll put it here, too. I was thinking that one way that we could creating the learning trajectory would be to create a YouTube Channel of videos so that teachers know exactly where to search.

Over 4 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Rachel and Zack! This is a fabulous discussion! Thank you SO much for sharing your ideas. The kind of collaboration that has emerged very naturally between you two is the very best thing about RDC. You are certainly innovating - using an existing resource and re-imagining its use for teachers. Teaching Channel is also a great model of a place to start. Keep this going! Jump into each other's ideas and refine. I can't wait to see how this evolves!

Over 4 Years Ago

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Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for your comment! I've been slowly reading my way through as many of the ideas as I can, and it has been really exciting to me to see how many of them overlap and how they can work in tandem to support the work of teachers. As soon as I saw Zack's idea it sparked this idea, which I know could be used alongside a lot of the other ideas with Google Tools and Google Hangouts. We'll keep working on it!

4 Years Ago

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Mona Voelkel

Kensico School

I love this idea, Rachel! One of my goals this year is to document the reading progress of three students over the course of the year. I realize, thanks to your idea, that I could use Google Classroom as a way to organize the case study for each student, giving them an alias to protect their identity. Looking forward to seeing your idea as it moves forward!

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