As I work to design and deliver professional learning for my educators, I continue to seek ways to improve their experiences. I am pursuing ways for my educators to capture their learning while they are in the sessions, share this learning beyond the session, and access later once the session is over. Two examples from this summer are the use of Clips + FlipGrid and Pages with placeholder images.
Clips + FlipGrid
One day-long session related to supporting Gifted and Talented students in mathematics included 50+ elementary and secondary educators. Early in the session I requested the attendees download the Clips app if they had not done so already. Throughout our time together I reminded the educators to take photos and videos of the process. These artifacts were stored in their camera roll, ready to access near the close of the session.
As the session came to a close, the educators used Clips to summarize and reflect on their time in the session. In 20-30 minutes, all 50+ educators successfully created summaries of their learning with photos and videos as evidence! These videos were shared within and beyond our time together with FlipGrid.
Pages with Placeholder Images
Two half-day sessions related to teaching students supported through Special Education services in mathematics included elementary and secondary educators as well. A portion of the experience involved clarification of our standards. The educators were challenged to collaboratively model a given strand of the standards using manipulatives, images, and text. These artifacts were captured and organized on a Pages document. I created the Pages document with placeholder images ahead of time and shared through iCloud.
The educators used their camera to capture photos and successfully demonstrated understanding of the standards as they created this artifact of their learning!
Next steps of my work include supporting my teachers to collect evidence of learning as part of their bigger professional learning journey.