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Fred E

Putnam/Northern Westchester

Learning, Professional Development, Curriculum Design and Evaluation


Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Professional Learning Videos

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


Choose Your Own Video (#CYOV) - Video Creation/Annotation Test

Educators today may feel that current video-based professional development lacks their input, and therefore, is less relevant to the learning they need to experience. Choose Your Own Video can potentially solve that problem by engaging users in the power of choice. This recipe is to test the video creation/annotation part of this potential solution using at least three video pathways.

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"Behind Door Number 1. . . "

We know that inspiration is tied to a feeling of connection and relevance. We also know that to be inspired we have to be "wowed" or left in wonder. The best professional development does all this. To make professional learning videos even more inspirational, we must design them so that they put the decision-making power in the hands of the viewers/participants. Imagine a virtual or blended PD session where the video watched operates like an old-school "Choose Your Own Adventure" book? Based on the first segment, a viewer, or a collective of viewers can select from a limited number of actions "to take" or pathways to explore. The next segment is then chosen (either by individual desire, or collaborative discourse by the group) and seamlessly picks up where segment one left off, allowing for a virtually interactive PD experience.

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