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How might we use video to create professional learning experiences that inspire?

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.

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

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"Behind Door Number 1. . . "

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.

Potential Impact

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.

Possible Implementation

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!


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2 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Fred, welcome to the RDC! What an amazing idea! I loved "Choose your own adventure books" when I was growing up. Could multiple groups (like PLCs) start with a specific theme and share where they ended up? I would be curious as to the choices of others and how the PD finished for them. Thank you for sharing!

2 Years Ago

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

Thanks, Kip. Happy to be here! I think the value of this idea would not only be in the choice presented to learners, but the opportunity to then engage in collaborative discussion among a larger PLC group. That makes everyone's learning stronger! Thanks for the feedback!

2 Years Ago

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Rosa I Community Guide

Lawndale Elementary School District

Fred- I agree with your statement about connection and relevance. Choice strengthens voice for both students and teachers. The ability to choose and personalize video pd, as well as the opportunity to engage with a group, is a fantastic way to make meaning of our learning. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

2 Years Ago

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

Thank you, Rosa. We know that one-size fits all professional development doesn't work; imagine the power put in the hands of learners and learner groups if they can choose where they want their PD to go, not only at the outset, but during the session as well! I appreciate your feedback!

2 Years Ago

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I like this idea a lot! One idea for how it could be implemented is with the tools already available through youtube. You can edit the videos so that you can click on a question with different answers, and depending on where you click, you get sent to a new video. That could make it almost like a choose your own adventure!

2 Years Ago

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

Thanks, Rachel! Will check it out!

2 Years Ago

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Hey Fred, I was just reading one of the ideas from Brandy P "Simulation to Mars". I commented that simulation videos could also be created like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" that allow teachers to respond to scenarios and then be given new scenarios connected to their choices, or given PD connected to their choices. I think the two ideas go well together if you have a chance to check it out.

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