Professional Development in schools can often be long and drawn out. Due to scheduling, it often is delivered in one full day with little time for follow through after the fact. This style of PD is all too common in education and can lead to inconsistencies in rollout and often doesn’t yield true professional growth for educators. Teachers must be allowed to discuss, try, fail, try again, and then reflect on what has worked and what didn’t make the bar to make a plan for the future. Professional Learning Communities is centered around this belief. Again, timing is always the key. If there isn’t time for the reflection and the professional peer discussions then most of the plan will go to waste.
That’s why we are trying something new here in York. Sure our plan may crash and burn, but I believe in everyone having the opportunity to try something new and see the effect it has on people. We decided that in order to hold our audience’s attention, we needed to create short video clips for both upfront and just-in-time learning opportunities. These would all be housed in an easy to find online area and could be viewed by anyone at any time. We created a district public relations channel for this intent as well as to publish positive clips of student work, events, and teacher accolades for our district. This isn’t a new concept by any means, but it does give us the chance to blast out small reminders about these videos and then follow up with individuals ready for the next steps face-to-face.
Our style of PD tutorials is a cross between a sketch you might see on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and a typical teacher driven screen cast on YouTube. Our mission is to create these short humorous videos as new updates come out from Google. Our first video in this segment showcases some of the new ways that Google Slides just got better including the ability to play a video within a slide automatically. We hope you enjoy our first clip; Pimp My Slides.