Sunday, June 29, 2014

Effective Professional Learning - Commericals

I teach a graduate level course at Johns Hopkins, titled "Integrating Media into the Standards Based Classroom". This course focuses on how media can be integrated into each classroom through a variety of tools and techniques. I have taught the course at least three times and each I tweak and update the course.

One of the topics I focus on is "Effective Professional Learning", because I think if teachers are learning how to integrate media into the classroom, then they should also be sharing with other teachers. The assignment for this topic included readings and videos on what makes professional learning effective for teachers. The demonstration of learning included:

Reflect on professional development programs and initiatives that you have experienced in the last several years.
Think about those programs or initiatives that affected your:
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Practice
  • Student Performance
Using the tool, Animoto, create a short video that conveys your thoughts about effective professional development opportunities.

This was the first time in the this course, I have had the students summarize using Animoto and I thought was incredible. I think that several of these videos could be used at the beginning of the year to set expectations and atmosphere for professional learning throughout the year.

Here are some of the videos they made: 

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