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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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Mona Voelkel

Kensico School

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Monthly Educational Video Challenge

Each month, teachers are given a prompt, such as, "What does feedback look like in your classroom?" and invited to post the shortest video that best illustrates the answer to the question. I wouldn't have too many guidelines for the video as to encourage creativity. The challenge could also focus on helping educators create video content for their classroom, such as "Create a 'flipped classroom' video for your students that teaches them some thing"; "Create a video that introduces you to your class" or "Create a video that shows parents/caregivers how to best support their child in your classroom." Perhaps some kind of branding could be layered on the video in order to show its connection to the ReDesign challenge.

Potential Impact

I think that this would be fun and encourage thoughtful reflection and interaction (commenting, likes) on an ongoing basis around important topics in education. The monthly contest could provide a predictable framework for ongoing professional development as each of us can reflect on important aspects of teaching and learning in our individual classrooms while being able to learn from others through their videos. It could also rally us to create video content that would support our work in the classrooms.

Possible Implementation

I envision each of us having our own individual "stream" with a collection of the videos that we have made, with the ability to view and comment on other teacher streams, searchable and tagged for grade and content on an "EdVid" website. Each monthly participant would receive a digital badge, with the participants name and school listed on this website. My emphasis would be on recognizing participants and encouraging participation, maybe with special recognition for groups that come together to support each other in creating video content for their classrooms! As for yearly prizes, as for this challenge, the teachers who had the most impact with their video stream, as chosen by an advisory board, this community and/or the number of "likes" or "I will use this in my classroom" tally, would be invited to attend an Innovator's Weekend.


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Almost 2 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Welcome to RDC Mona. I am Val, one of the RDC community managers. First of all, I am really drawn to this idea! What type of interaction do you imagine will happen on the site? What would be the "prizes" for winners? Would the winners be selected by their peers? Thanks so much. Looking forward to learning with you.

Almost 2 Years Ago

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Mona Voelkel

Kensico School

Thanks, Val, for the warm welcome and feedback! I imagine the interaction consisting of teachers posting videos on this site, with many of the challenges creating usable video content that they can use in their own classrooms. For example, one of the monthly challenges could be,"Create a video that would show parents/caregivers how to best support their child in your classroom." I envision some type of branding that could be layered on the video in order to show the connection to the "ReDesign" challenge. As for prizes, as for this challenge, I would award the top winners as chosen by peers and an advisory board, the means to attend an Innovator's Weekend. The winners would be chosen on a yearly basis and be chosen on the quality of overall entries, as it would be expected that the winners would have participated in most/all of the challenges. Each monthly participant would receive a digital badge, with the participant's name and school listed on this website, (with a link to the video they created) with one of the top entries, as chosen by "likes" or a"I will use this in my classroom" tally, would be interviewed, with the interview posted here so, over time, we could get to know members of the community. (Or, an initial challenge could be, "Create a video that introduces you to your students.") My emphasis would be on recognizing participants and encouraging participation, maybe with a special recognition for groups that come together to support each other in creating video content for their classrooms. Thanks for the questions! Love the site and the concept!

Almost 2 Years Ago

Mona- I love these ideas. I once sent the faculty off to demo what they had learned in a 2 minute video after some curriculum design- they were so creative- and it was a great way to share work.

Almost 2 Years Ago

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Mona Voelkel

Kensico School

Melanie, thank you for the positive feedback! My husband attended your Google workshop yesterday and he learned so much! I love the idea of making a 2 minute video after learning something!!! I'm thinking I would like to add, based on your input, a 2 minute cap on the monthly entries. What do you think? I respect your work so much! It would be fun to collaborate!

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