In Stage 1, you shared teaching isn’t just about skills and content knowledge. Professional learning experiences should also kindle our passion for this work.
Fred's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Fred get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
We know that inspiration is tied to a feeling of connection and relevance. We also know that to be inspired we have to be "wowed" or left in wonder. The best professional development does all this. To make professional learning videos even more inspirational, we must design them so that they put the decision-making power in the hands of the viewers/participants. Imagine a virtual or blended PD session where the video watched operates like an old-school "Choose Your Own Adventure" book? Based on the first segment, a viewer, or a collective of viewers can select from a limited number of actions "to take" or pathways to explore. The next segment is then chosen (either by individual desire, or collaborative discourse by the group) and seamlessly picks up where segment one left off, allowing for a virtually interactive PD experience.
If we want professional learning to be meaningful then we have to feel like it was designed for us. The choice of how our professional learning progresses can have an incredible impact on how we react to PD. Not only would we be better able to reach a given audience effectively, but we would be multiplying the size of the audience who would find this video meaningful.
Utilizing a variety of video tools, a limited number of clickable links or "buttons" would be used to answer questions that pop up after each segment (research shows too much choice can actually leave learners frustrated, rather than inspired). Clicking one of the options would take the viewer(s) to the next segment. Examples of this already in use exist on YouTube, where video posters use embedded links to direct viewers to other videos they have created or to outside sources. As an addition, and thanks to Kip and Rosa, a boost to the implementation structure would be to have role-alike groups (or PD participants in general) share their choices and what they learned. In this way, teams can jigsaw their learning, by sharing out the ideas that resonated most!