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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.

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Missy C

Butler Traditional High School

Teacher Practice in Action

I think the best videos for Professional Learning have multiple components. I personally like a video in which a teacher talks about the background/context that brought him or her to the inquiry addressed in the video. Secondly, I like to see the teacher implementing the strategy/system/concept with his/her students. Finally, the best professional learning for me is learning that keeps me honest. Teachers need a reflective/responsive component: reflective writing, an action plan, an inquiry, a logic model--whatever mode will hold him/her to trying the practice is critical.

Potential Impact

I think making the video" interactive," at least with the action component--really has impact for the teacher to bring the practice to action. I also think an online community where folks can asynchronously debrief the experience with one another, or offer a thinking partner ear to others watching the video and implementing the strategy would have much longer effect--and would help build a PLN centered around the video content.

Possible Implementation

Districts (or states) could easily implement the system using video of their own teachers/students, and house that work on their district/state platform. The key, however, would be making it polished and user-friendly, and my experience with those platforms is that they are neither. Think about it--if districts could create a virtual space for these videos, it would allow PLCs to watch the videos and discuss together as embedded PD, and then the active component could be an action plan for the team.

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5 Years Ago

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Brandy P Community Guide

LA Urban Teacher Residency

Hi Missy--I agree on all of your points about effective PD! I also like the idea of a team action plan. How would you go about selecting PDs for the digital library?

5 Years Ago

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Missy C

Butler Traditional High School

Hey Brandy--Ideally, the PD videos would come from within the district. Teachers/Teams could submit the videos--or possibly be recommended from other teachers. Or, the district could issue a call for proposals. There would need to be criteria and a jurying process to ensure the submissions were quality and addressed specific needs/strategies revealed by data. Districts or states having ownership of excellence within their own community is the key--and what makes this idea valuable. I think the perception of an easy fix is to turn to an outside expert, but it's more powerful when the expert teachers are right in one's backyard.

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Missy! I love your comment about having ownership of excellence within the community! That is so important when thinking about PL locally. I'm curious about how the interactive video and the reflection process. Do you see the videos being archived in the online platform that is used for the asynchronous reflection or would there be two separate platforms to visit?

5 Years Ago

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Missy C

Butler Traditional High School

Hey Kip-- The more user-friendly we could make this, the easier (and more frequently visited) it would be. Both the video and the reflection/discussion should be archived on the same platform. Folks will be less likely to use this PL if there are multiple hoops through which to jump. This would also be cool space for teachers/teams of teachers working on the same content/strategy/inquiry to connect with one another.

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

Hi Missy, I really like this idea and the levels of engagement that are involved. The added touch of the teacher including background information is key as it provides more context through which the strategy is implemented.

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