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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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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Inspiring Educators through Video

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.

Potential Impact

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.

Possible Implementation

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.


Discussion (11)

3 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Katie, what I really like about this idea is the social part of it. After all, learning is social, right? It also adds a level of personal accountability. When you mentioned the 40 min., were you speaking about each video in the series or the entire series? Would the "expert" be a part of this community that the series created? Thanks for your ideas!

3 Years Ago

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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Each video would be no more than 40 minutes within the series. So the series could be longer. I figured that this way a teacher would be able to watch at least one video during a planning period. The expert would definitely be a part of this community. I think that would make a major impact of teachers were able to have communication with the master teacher!

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Katie! In Stage I we saw a concern about teacher time and many teachers calling for short videos. How do you think you would get teachers on board with a professional learning experience with 40 minute videos?

3 Years Ago

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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Lisa, I think that the videos would at most be 40 minutes. I am not suggesting that all videos are 40 minutes, but I think that certain videos would need to be longer than others to really convey the material.

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Katie, I am curious about the materials that would be used with the video series. Do you see the activities being embedded within the series breaking the video into shorter 5-10 minutes clips?

3 Years Ago

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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Kip, yes I think the materials would be part of the series. When there are shorter clips of the video I think that is helpful for teachers to be able to watch it and participate when they have time. Obviously some topics will take longer than others to cover, but if by the end of the series you could have a new unit plan or a new way to teach your kids the very next day, who wouldn't want to watch?!

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Katie, Do you think the activities could become part of the video? How could the activities become paperless for the reflections?

3 Years Ago

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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Kip, I think it would be nice to have the activities be a part of the video, that way it is interactive. I also think that by creating a community where teachers could collaborate makes the reflection process paperless. This community could be built on Twitter, any social media outlet, or by using something like Google Classroom.

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Todd B

Warren Woods Middle School

Like the idea. 40 minutes is too long. I think video should be short with modules for action. Watch 10-15 minutes then move towards reflection on practice. Next change changes in practice then share how the learning impacted our classrooms. The problem isn't with videos but how we act after watching them, teachers need action plans.

3 Years Ago

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Katie R

North Bullitt High School

Todd, 40 minutes would be the max amount of time for one video, not every video within the series. I completely agree that the problem does lie with what we do with the videos after watching them. I think that is why it is important to provide a way for teachers to communicate with the "expert" teacher whose class is on the video, and the other teachers that have participated in viewing these videos. Collaboration is such a large part of learning, and I believe that is the piece we are missing as educators when we watch a video.

3 Years Ago

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Karen H

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Hi, Katie, I would highly encourage you to chunk any information that would result in a video longer than 15-20 min. into multiple shorter videos. There's something psychologically daunting about looking at a video counter with lots of time remaining when part of your brain is thinking of all the things you need to accomplish at any given time.

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