21st Century Video Remix
I remixed1 this video for our new specialty center which is focusing on teaching. Once you pass Obama, there’s some decent video covering students working in groups with computers, Promethean boards 2, and digital probes. It might be useful to others.
Reflective Friends This year we are going to every one of our secondary schools collecting data about 21st century skills (as we’ve defined them). We did this last year, but with only 3 schools. It was interesting then, it’s pretty wild now to see and do it at scale. We go into schools with an outside teamRight now we use our Dell contract PD days to hire outside consultants. I highly recommend Blanca Duarte, Amos Fodchuck, and Chris Dunning. They are good people. 20 45 minute observations using this google form based around our TIPC. Teachers know we are coming. They are supposed to do their best 21st century lesson. The rationale here is that we want to know if the county vision of 21st century skills is understood and if teachers can do it. It also removes any issues like “Oh, today’s my testing day . . . if you’d have been here yesterday . . . ” etc. Once we have widespread understanding and the ability to implement it, we can then start doing random visits to see if it is being implemented regularly. 2 interviews with separate groups of teachers 2 interviews with separate groups of students All this data is then consolidated and presented to the school’s leadership team (usually about a week after the observations). […]
The Academic Achievement Team is a group of people that have a series of meetings at schools in danger of not making AYP. This movie is an attempt to help individual schools organize these meetings effectively and make sure they’re looking at the right things and having the right type of conversations. Chris Corallo, our director of staff development, was the guiding force behind the whole thing. Academic Achievement Team from Tom Woodward on Vimeo. I have mixed feelings about this video. I think this is the right way to do this kind of meeting, I just worry we’re working hard at doing the wrong things well. I’d really prefer these meetings addressing real learning rather than SOL test scores. The video itself is ok. I’m slowly learning some stuff about Motion but I’ve got a lot to learn on a lot of levels before I make a video I actually like. I would really be happier with a second cameraman. The amount of pre-planning that needs to be done to get this kind of thing right is pretty insane. We had to shoot the interview portion later to provide context for the meeting and then add voice over as well.
Another 21st Century Plea from Tom Woodward on Vimeo. I have mixed feelings about making thisAlthough, it was required for work.. It has reached the level of mediocrity. Comments regarding ways to improve it are welcomeCurses and insults are understood.. This has inspired me to get moving on the mock change education video I’ve been planning for a while. I’ll detail how it’ll be used in a later post.