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How might we enrich video with other resources or experiences so that it better supports your practice?

In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.

Idea

Melanie W

Elementary school in Florida

Opportunities for Collaboration

Professional learning videos need a component that provides the opportunity for us to apply the skills collaborate with others. Too often PL videos are one and done, but true professional learning is a growth opportunity that needs revision. Taking a video and breaking it up into segments would help. Each segment should focus on one particular skill through modeling, and at the end challenge us to apply the skill in our classroom. There should be a forum where we can upload videos of ourselves utilizing the skill or written reflections sharing how we tweaked the strategy to make it our own and challenges/questions that arose. Other educators would give feedback to uploaded experiences. Educators all over would gather a collection of new ideas and we would create a strong community. Networking and collaboration are essential pieces in professional learning and should not be skimped on with videos.


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Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Melanie! Thank you for sharing. I think you have some really great ideas here! There is collaboration for growth, a challenge to address in the classroom, the opportunity to tweak a lesson to meet the needs of the students in front of you and to share the re-imagined methods and strategies with a community of educators, not to mention feedback and reflection. I'll pose a question: If this forum did exist, how would you drive a time-pressed teacher to the site and encourage them to participate?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Check out Todd B 's ideas - you may be able to collaborate on something amazing!

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Todd B

Warren Woods Middle School

Melanie- Our ideas have similar themes. I think we should work together to refine them to make something awesome.

Over 3 Years Ago

Melanie W

Elementary school in Florida

@Lisa I think I would first introduce the forum in a PLC. Our PLCs were always subject and grade specific, so for my group, we would find a strategy applicable to our math or science class and watch the video segment together. I do believe segments should not be longer than 10 - 15 minutes to get straight to the point of the strategy. The remainder of the initial PLC time would be brainstorming/planning how each person would work the strategy into his/her lesson. Then a couple weeks to utilize the strategy in the classroom and either record and upload or reflect would be, I think, a sufficient time period. We would hold a follow-up PLC where each member would provide feedback and share their experience in addition to others who view it on the web. It should be an on-going process with a lot of support from the PLC at first, but once teachers see the value in the growth they make, it will become something enjoyable and desired. Embedding it into our PLC is a good way to eliminate the time crunch. @Todd - Absolutely! What do you have in mind?

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