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.
"First, I identify an analogous problem in nature and borrow from it."
Contrived. Uninspired. Disorganized. Obsolescent. There is no question that we have a problem with PD videos. In Stage 1, many RDC innovators mentioned that PD infrequently involves teacher voice and choice. When educators do turn to videos for professional learning, they can be far too long or simply irrelevant.
Where might we look for an analogous problem with an inspired solution?
My mind went immediately to the “hugely popular” TED app. In creating the app, TED identified the target audience for their talks as “intellectually curious global citizens with limited time.” Intellectually curious and time starved . . . that IS an educator. Like TED aficionados, teachers may not know exactly what they want to watch and they want to be wowed, but they also have a limited amount of time to spend searching for valuable PD videos that meet their individual needs.
The solution may be found within a surprise. When you open the TED app and tap “Surprise Me”, it asks what type of talk you want to see. Something informative? Something innovative? Something ingenious? Once you’ve selected how you want to feel - the outcome of the experience - it asks, “How much time do you have?” So... whether you have 5 minutes, 15, or 50, there is an option that fulfills your needs. TED took a divergent approach to a site “search” - focusing on what users are in the mood for, rather than the content in which they are interested. In doing so, users are exposed to areas they might never have thought to explore. They are inspired by unlikely characters. And maybe, just maybe, they begin to understand a little piece of the world in a new way. Now, I have a few questions for you . . . How might this concept translate to educator PD? What new ideas does it spark for you? Be a divergent thinker - We need YOU to help refine this idea ! Do you accept the challenge?