In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
Katie's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Katie get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
Provide a personalized way of learning for teachers through videos. The videos would be no longer than 40 minutes at the most. They would come in a series. For example, say you wanted to learn about the planning and implementation of project based learning in your classroom. You would start with the first video in the series. There would be materials that went along with the video so that you would be able to work through them as the video played. This would allow you to pause the video as you work if you needed more time. The series would end with the actual application of that strategy being shown in a classroom. At the end of each video there would be the ability to communicate with others who have watched the same video. Teachers would be able to see other teachers that had viewed those lessons and be in contact with them through message boards and social media outlets. A twitter chat could be set up at a certain time each week in order to continue the learning and sharing process.
This would give teachers a way to really personalize their own learning through professional development. All too often we put teachers in a box and PD days consist of the same old thing for everyone. This is such an ineffective way to grow teachers professionally. By providing all different types of videos, and making them easily accessible, we could create a whole new take on Professional Development.
To begin, it would be necessary to find presenters and teachers that are excellent at what they do so that they could be on the videos. Then a database would be set up to house all of the available video series. It would include a place for teachers to communicate with other teachers that have chosen to watch the same video series. There would be a place to find all available resources for the videos as well. It would be vital to the success to continually update these videos and add information about best practices. Surveys could be sent out to teachers in order to determine need for the focus of the videos.