A recipe for the cookbook

Want relevant & engaging ways to discover new ideas and instructional practices?

In Stage 1, Ana, Derek, Katie, Rene, Rob, and many other educators shared that tailored, realistic video - from classrooms and other professions - makes more of an impact than current video offerings. In Stage 2, Ashley, Efundunke, Faith, Fred, Heather, Katie, Kristin, and Marisa shared their ideas for personalizing PD video and bringing inspiration to educators. Check out how they're bringing these ideas to life to transform PD.

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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester


- Video recorder, like a smartphone
- Tripod (optional)
- YouTube Account (Free)
- A computer


- At least 2 educators: Someone to share his or her practice, and others to explore it. May be in the same school, or in different countries


- Willingness to record one’s practice on video and share with others.
- Written permission to video for any teachers or students to be shown.

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Professional Learning Videos

Problem Statement & Description

What if teachers could explore examples of practice in whatever ways best meet their needs?

Inspired by “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, this recipe explains how to create and share a set of related videos that lets viewers decide what they want to see, and in what order. Free and simple tools are used to embed a set of links into videos that let viewers jump to what interests them most.

Say you’re watching video of writing instruction: Want to hear the thinking behind the lesson, click here. More interested in seeing students work, then check here. Skip parts that don’t meet your needs, and jump to those that do.

How To


Decide what practice you want to share, and why. What aspect of your teaching would help others if they better understood it? This might be how you teach a certain skill, how you work with small groups, or how you check for student understanding.


Plan what scenes you need to film. Ask yourself: If I were another teacher, what would I need to see and hear to really understand this practice? That may include how you plan a lesson, how you introduce it to students, and how you set students up for guided practice.


Record your scenes. All you need is a smart phone, though a tripod can help. Make sure you have permissions if student faces are shown. Keep each scene short, less than two minutes if possible, and no more than five.


Upload your scenes to YouTube. If you can send an email, you can upload video. Ende created a short tutorial on how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pamRE3iV6WA


Annotate your scenes with embedded links. Think about the different paths viewers might want to follow through your scenes. Some might only need your narrated explanations of each activity in your lesson plan, while others want to see what each activity looks like in the classroom. With YouTube’s annotation feature you can insert pop-up “click here” comments at different parts of a segment to lead viewers to other segments. Ende created a short video tutorial on how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub1E_umcEYk


Share your work! Consider ways to enhance your videos’ usefulness. This might include adding pop-up prompts asking viewers to reflect on what’s observed, or suggested activities to complete at the end of each segment.

Protips for Practical Problem Solving

- Keep it Simple. Everette recorded 18 segments and found it challenging to find ways to link them all. A half dozen segments would be easier to manage.
- Provide an overall menu. Viewers have said they’d also like to see, upfront and in one place, a list of all segments and what they showed.


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