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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.

Idea

Marisa N

Small Bite Videos with Micro Credentialing

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 videotaped. For example, if the lesson involved questioning techniques, then the video would be indexed "CCSS, Grade 4, ELA, Informational Text" or something similar. *"Pop up" video lines will appear at the bottom of the screen providing key contextual information, teacher meta-cognition, rationale, etc. In the above example, the line could be "the teacher chose to ask this question because..." *A micro-credentialing star system could be used and include analytics. For example, 100% of 4th grade teachers in California found the video effective/highly effective. *Personalization possibility: Strategically selected reflective questions could be specifically geared--by instructional coaches, principals, etc.--to the individual watching the video.

Potential Impact

*A well curated digital library of "small bite" videos that would allow teachers to watch videos at the end of a long, hard day without eschewing family or personal time. *The possibility of personalized learning features, as noted above. *More teacher engagement in professional learning and the profession. *A well curated crowdsourced digital library owned and vetted by teachers across the country. *Inevitably higher student achievement due, in no small part, to more sleep for teachers due to the hours saved searching for videos.

Possible Implementation

*This could start at small scale at a single school site. *Videos could then be shared. *Micro credentialing will ensure that the cream rises to the top. *The more valuable, high quality the resource, the more buzz. *With a common set of standards, the library has immediate value across the country.

1 Refinement

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


Discussion (23)

3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Thank you for sharing this idea, Marisa, and welcome to the RDC. Who would submit these videos and would there be a vetting process of any kind?

3 Years Ago

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Brandy P Community Guide

LA Urban Teacher Residency

Hi Marisa--I like the idea of teachers vetting the resources through the rating system! On the front end, how might you ensure that uploaded videos are high quality?

3 Years Ago

Brandy, I would see the instructional coach at our site vetting the videos. As the project expands, it would make sense to develop (based on the vetted videos) a rubric for submissions. A site manager could then make determinations. Micro credentialing (the star system) could then validate the process.

3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

I like the idea of short bites. I know that after about 10 minutes my attention is stretched without a time to process. The brain can handle only as much as the bottom can take! With that said, you'd really have to focus in on the part of the lesson or idea that has the most meaning or is what you want to talk about. It is very difficult to do but I think it would be much better if it were shorter. That's a great idea!

3 Years Ago

Thanks for the comment, Mindi! My attention span is the same! I'm thinking looking at the Danielson Framework and using the deliverables suggestions to really hone in on key pieces optimal for "small bites." I think immediately of things like questioning techniques. This can be captured, I think, in a 5 minute video. The videos probably could not properly address larger pieces, such as PBL, etc.

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Marisa! I would love a place to go to see an example of what distinguished teaching looks like!! That said, I am going to push back a bit here. Other sources of video-based PD have not moved to a Danielson - style rating system because of the vetting problems? Who gets to decide what proficient or distinguished teaching looks like?

3 Years Ago

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Dennis

Jewett School Of The Arts

I agree Lisa ... one issue I see with a library of videos is that they won't necessarily apply to every teacher, but yet every teacher will be required to view them. I love the idea, but when it gets on the school/district level teachers will be watching videos just to check the box. I have a list of videos I have to watch over the Summer and each one of them has a standard "reflection" question. The problem is I have already watched them or actually attended a conference with the person from the video. What is on the back end ... how are these videos going to give me that "aha" moment?

3 Years Ago

Hi Dennis. Thank you for your comment. Based on your and Lisa's questions, it's clear I wasn't clear:) The videos could be made by anyone. The instructional coach could identify teachers who have mastered certain strategies or I could simply engage in the reflective practice of making my own pop up video. I could then share it with everyone for comments. In that case, the rating system could be disabled. In terms of other videos (those selected by administrators, etc.), teachers could, as Elizabeth notes, rate the videos by how useful they are to their professional practice. None of the videos would be mandated to watch. They are intended to support work in PLC, personalized action research projects, or simply allow you to pursue professional learning on your own. In other words, they are a resource not a mandate by any stretch. Any time I have to check a box, I'm already disengaged. The point of these videos is to allow for reflection both on your own practice and on the practice of your colleagues.

3 Years Ago

Elizabeth G

Capital High School

I like the question that Lisa asked about vetted and credible teachers. I'm sure that we could set us a system similar to those used in academic journals.

3 Years Ago

Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for your feedback! Teachers would rate how useful the videos are to their professional learning. This way, a collaborative definition/vision of effective teaching could emerge.

3 Years Ago

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I love this idea! I especially liked the part about having comments available throughout the video. I think it could be helpful to even start tagging conversations with hashtags to make the videos able to be searched by others who are looking for the resources. I also was thinking about the idea of having pop-up comments throughout the video. This could be a way for the teacher to share their rationale for their teacher moves. It could also start a conversation between teachers who are using the video resources. I was thinking of the "pop-ups" as being similar to what you might see in Soundcloud or in VH1 Pop-up videos.

3 Years Ago

Thanks Rachel for reading my idea! Yes, pop-up videos is exactly what I was thinking. The process of the pop-up not only informs the watcher, it also helps the person making the video reflect on their own teaching methods as they insert those pop-up comments.

3 Years Ago

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

Love this. I posted on Rachel S' idea, which is very similar to this one. Both of you should combine the idea into a revision, if you haven't already. Great thinking.

3 Years Ago

Elizabeth G

Capital High School

I hadn't even seen Rachel's idea. I'll go and look it up.

3 Years Ago

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Hi Elizabeth. I have a few ideas posted, but the one that Fred and I having been refining is "Pop-Up Videos With Immediate Feedback". What I like about Marisa's idea is that it has a broader impact, since she would use the pop-up videos within the larger context of these short, high-impact lesson ideas. I wonder if this idea could also be coupled with what Zack and I have been talking about with our ideas "Google Classroom" and "Flip PD". Basically we've been talking about using a learning management system (like google classroom, edmodo, etc) to build an avenue for teachers to access videos or for administrators to create a series of high impact videos that would allow teachers to do PD at their own pace. I wonder if there is a way to marry some of the ideas?

3 Years Ago

Paul H

CourseKicker

I like this idea a lot, along with Rachel S' "Pop-up Videos" idea. I particularly like the crowd sourcing and micro credentialing aspects: harnessing the expertise of teachers to bubble up the best content (somewhat how this Redesign Challenge allows good ideas to rise to the top through the activity of the community). There are some existing tools that can perhaps be harnessed to make this happen. eduCannon is a relatively new but popular video tool that allows incorporation of comments and questions, designed for education. They've earned several recent product awards. Zaption is another video tool that has some similar features. For a central source for finding, tagging and organizing video content, perhaps CourseKicker could be harnessed. It has a repository of crowd-sourced lesson content, a tagging system, and a social networking and commenting component that was just released.

3 Years Ago

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Paul, thanks for all the links! I'm looking forward to checking them out. I agree that even this challenge has had some tech that has potential to make a difference in crowd sourcing and in helping teachers access the right videos they need. I'm especially interested in CourseKicker. Have you used it? I'd like to learn more about it.

3 Years Ago

Paul H

CourseKicker

CourseKicker is basically a PLC platform built for teachers. It has a "social" feed where teachers can post interesting topics, create discussions, and share lesson material. The lesson materials and discussions are tagged by topics and Common Core standards, and stored in a database where they can be saved and retrieved. The teacher community 'votes' on the quality of lessons and discussions, so that good and useful material is prioritized. It does not have video hosting…but perhaps an existing platform like this could be harnessed to host and organize videos and related discussions in a similar way.

3 Years Ago

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I watched the demo. It looks like a great platform! Almost like a youtube/pinterest hybrid for teachers. I like that it has the social media component and it allows collaboration through the social tab. I am thinking that one way to innovate would be to add the video, and also to see if there are ways that schools or districts could partner with coursekicker to create district or school specific platforms for collaboration. Thanks for sharing the resource, I can't wait to share it with the teachers I work with!

3 Years Ago

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

Such a great site. Thanks for sharing!

3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

What an awesome site. There's a lot there and I am looking forward to connecting with others that are interested in similar areas. Thanks Paul for sharing that resource. Since doing this Redesign Challenge, I believe I have learned about 5 more resources that are really neat and I can't wait to use them!

3 Years Ago

Mike L

Cohasset School District

The idea of pointing out strategic decisions What would the interaction between the pop up comment and the video look like.

3 Years Ago

Mike L

Cohasset School District

The ideas of pointing out strategic decisions through pop up comments asks teachers to be reflective about their own practice. What would the interaction between the pop-up comment and the video look like? Would it be the users responsibility to pause the video? What is the opportunity for the viewer to engage with the content being delivered?

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