In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
Mona's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Mona get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
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.
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.
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.