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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.

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Eric Russo

Videos and Pinterest

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 project-based learning or PBIS strategies. While thinking about this question it occurred to me that I could do the same for videos, which would allow teachers in my building easy access to content that is related to an area of growth or topic of interest.

Potential Impact

By making these boards available in a central location, people can freely access the videos. As the practice grows and teachers build capacity, they will also share the strategies and videos with their colleagues which is the best endorsement for any PD.


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Over 5 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Eric, I like this idea and where it is heading. Where would you go to locate these videos initially? My thought would be something like TcH, but if that is the case, would there be a need for the Pintrest board? What do you think?

Over 5 Years Ago

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I usually find the articles/videos through blogs, twitter or Facebook, and then link to them, so these aren't videos that I have created myself. TcH is a great resource as well that I was thinking about, but I don't usually pin from there. Educore also has some great videos, but the Pinterest board would be a little more focused by topic. So a teacher that may be having management issues, could search through the PBIS board for different ideas, for example. It may work better for articles then it does for videos.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

The Pinterest concept is really interesting to me - possibly because of the social piece that it brings to video. Tch comes to mind for me here too; however, although videos are tagged in all kinds of ways on Tch, they are not tagged by evaluation domain or, in many cases, specific skill or strategy. Eric - can you refine this idea a bit with an eye to innovation? What makes this idea fresh - something that hasn't been done before?

Over 5 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Eric - take a look at an idea called "Curioed Convos". Ashley would be a good collaborator for you!

Over 5 Years Ago

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I'll check it out Lisa. I'm not sure exactly how this is super innovative, but I was thinking that the as a PD leader or Administrator, it would be my job to seek out and cultivate the pin boards with the grouped videos, just as I currently do with the articles. Once I created a bank, I could use the videos or the boards to assist teachers with their own goals and areas of growth. This would really bring it to a more personalized learning from the use of video rather than a whole group approach where everyone watches the same video, whether they need to or not. So as I am mining the web for resources, I would sort them and save them to the appropriate board. One drawback is that it would take time to build the boards, but if you have multiple folks pinning to a common board, that would help.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Hey, I really like your idea. I had a similar thought in my idea about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. Teachers could potentially pin their own lessons. Or schools could have a pinboard of their teacher's work. I am thinking that vetting the videos could be a challenge, but using the "like" feature could help, or having teachers use the comment section within the video could also help with vetting.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Your right Rachel. Curating the videos will take some time, but I am always finding things on Social Media to pin. I was thinking more like video from Edutopia or ASCD, etc, rather than teacher created videos that would need some sort of vetting or review. You can also allow multiple people to manage the board, so these boards could be created by a larger community of like-minded teacher leaders and shared from building to building, or district to district.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Thanks for responding. I think that using social media to house collections of videos is a really smart way to start to build a world-wide community that can access and build those boards. How would you decide who would be the administrator for the boards? I was working on a similar idea that I posted that included Pinterest, but also Facebook and Twitter. One of the questions I've been going through is if this was on a bigger scale, who would be in charge of managing it so it is sustainable. Do you have any ideas about that?

Over 5 Years Ago

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I was originally thinking that it could be started locally, like within a district, but people could tap into their PLC's. I guess originally we would have to start small, but it could be more of an organic group that comes out of work such as this, or a twitter chat. If there are several people that get it going, that also have the power to bring on new people to manage the boards, I think it would wind up being very sustainable. So when someone feels like they are done, they can have someone else come in and take their place. It really is all about starting with that initial core of like-minded folks. I can think of over a dozen people just off the top of my head that could easily manage boards and fill it with good and relevant content. I think it's important to find people that are working to find content anyway, so it's not an additional task, but something that we already do. I've been pinning articles for a few years now, and it is second nature for me.

Over 5 Years Ago

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I like what you said about starting small and with volunteers. I think you're absolutely right that there are a lot of people who are already doing the work and would be willing to volunteer their time. I'm wondering if over time, if it were to become more national, possibly teachers could volunteer for a year. Maybe there would be a cohort of "Pinterest Educators" that span a variety of subject areas, age levels, or other specialties. Each "Pinterest Educator" would volunteer to be in charge of curating their subject's board for the year (or more). To motivate teachers to become Pinterest Educators, they could have monthly or quarterly Google Hangouts with one another to form a collaborative community. I'm wondering if that might make it sustainable at a larger scale without overwhelming any one person. I imagine you'd be a good fit for at least one of the Board Curator positions. :-)

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