Video and Multimedia

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Video link: Inspiring Education Through Communities of Practice
Learning Objective: LO 9-3
Description:  This video captures the thoughts of several teachers regarding their professional learning community focused on project-based learning.

Questions to consider:

  1. What do the highlighted teachers share about their professional learning community?
  2. State one question you still have in relation to professional learning communities.

Video link: Emerging Trends in Education:  Collaborative Tools and Technology
Learning Objective: LO 9-4

Questions to consider:

  1. What are the key elements of highly effective teams as discussed in this video?
  2. Explain the acronym presented at 2:50.  How does it align with your author’s description of leveraging technology to develop collaborative communities?


Web link: Collaborative Action Research for Professional Learning Communities
Learning Objective: LO 9-1, 9-3, 9-5
Description:  Sagor’s (2010) book, Collaborative Action Research for Professional Learning Communities, is reviewed.

Questions to consider:

  1. Based on this review, does it appear that Sagor’s definition of collaborative action research is in alignment with your text?  Explain your response.
  2. Based on this review, would you recommend this book to a school interested in starting collaborative action research?  Why or why not?

Web link: A Facilitator’s Guide to Professional Learning Teams: Creating On-the-Job Opportunities for Teachers to Learn and Grow
Learning Objective: LO 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4, 9-5, 9-6
Description:  This guide provides detailed steps to take in preparing to do the work, doing the work, examining the results, and sustaining teams in collaborative and professional learning communities.

Questions to consider:

  1. Describe a situation in which you have been selected as the facilitator in your professional learning community.  How might you use this guide for your own professional development, as well as that of your fellow collaborators?