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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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Ann Rose Santoro

John F Kennedy Magnet School

Live Look-ins

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.

Potential Impact

The impact would be the feeling of an unpolished real world feel. The closest thing to actually sitting in the classroom and observing.

Possible Implementation

Just like web cams in public places, teachers can sign up to access a live web cam during a particular lesson. These lessons could be archived to watch later as well. Possibly a debrief could be held after the lesson. It would be like observing a teacher in real time. Could the viewers even interact with the teacher during the lesson ??


Discussion (8)

Over 5 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Hey, Ann Rose; welcome to the RDC! I like the idea about using live technology, but I am not sure I totally follow the idea. Would a team of peers or coaches be watching it live? If not, who would be? If we are archiving the lesson to watch later, why would it need to be streamed live? I think there is something really cool with the idea of a live look-in, but let's work together to flesh this out.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Ann Rose Santoro

John F Kennedy Magnet School

Hey Chris, so I was thinking how sometimes videos could look too neat. I was hoping to be able to design videos that have that real "in the classroom" look. I would try to find out if there actually could be a way to interact with the teacher in real time. Another thing about this could be a live look in on lesson design and teacher decisions while a group of teachers are lesson planning. I think what would set this apart would be the ability to interact in real time and ask clarifying questions. They could be archived as well, if someone might want to rewatch or is unavailable for the live look in. I am not sure which type of technology would be needed but the unrehearsed feel would make these type of videos seem more authentic.

Over 5 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hey Ann Rose! I agree that PD videos for teachers are often too scripted and polished. This is a great idea for bringing a bit more authenticity to professional learning for teachers. On the flip side, I also see some legal issues with a constant stream of a classroom. Can you talk a little more about the process of your idea? If I were a teacher agreeing to have an interactive live feed from my classroom . . . how does this work?

Over 5 Years Ago

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Ann Rose Santoro

John F Kennedy Magnet School

As I see it, the live stream should be at a specific time of the day. It would be done only with the permission of all involved and only at that time. So it wouldn't be much unlike a traditional video, except that it would be less scripted and have a more real time feel. The teacher would have full control of the veiwing capabilities. So let me explain with an example. It could be billed as such: Live look in on September 4th at 930 est to experience how a grade 4 teacher conducts a Morning Meeting on the first day of school. OR: Live look at 3:15 est in on a Grade 3 team planning session on scaffolding for ELL students. A Q and A session will dirctly follow the session. The stream would only be open for that time period. Does this technology even exist?

Over 5 Years Ago

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Brandy P Community Guide

LA Urban Teacher Residency

Hi Ann Rose--This is a great idea with the potential to capture the nitty gritty, realness and messiness of authentic teaching and learning. I'm wondering how to make these live look ins meaningful ex post facto. How might they be abbreviated to capture key moments of success and/or failure? How might subject teachers inform that process?

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Ann Rose! So wonderful to see you in the RDC! I love this idea and think that it could be a wonderful experience for students in teacher prep programs. They need to see authentic teaching happening for reflection. If you get a chance, check out Derek's idea "Preparing Future Teachers for Professional Learning", and see if there are any points for collaboration. Thank you for sharing!

Over 5 Years Ago

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Dawana Hug

Carrollwood Day School

I love this idea! Would there be time after for a conversation between participants and the teacher being observed? Maybe discuss what the leading teacher thought went well, questions from observers, and (if the teacher is open to it) feedback/constructive criticism?

Over 5 Years Ago

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Ann Rose Santoro

John F Kennedy Magnet School

I would think that would be a great refinement. Think about watching teachers talk their way through the lesson design and teaching moves. Then watch the live lesson. Debrief after the lesson. Then be available for Q and A. Raw footage.

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