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Asynchronous video share platforms

Let's use video in ways that are flexible for both teachers and students and emphasize student voice.

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  • Parent/Caregiver

Tell us about your idea

Currently teachers and school systems are struggling with "live" presence using available tools such as Zoom or Google Meet. These are stopgaps, but emphasize real-time presence. With shelter-in-place lockdowns in place, most everyone's schedule has been disrupted. Let's use asynchronous video-sharing and content creation platforms to better implement project-based / self-directed learning and student voice.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Fixed schedules which mandate large groups of kids, parents, and educators all participate at the same time, with fixed subjects that are taught with arbitrary time blocks and deadlines.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I'm a parent of 2 kids in the public school system here in Chicago. I've been an advocate for progressive education ideas since my kids started school. I believe kids are naturally creative and inquisitive. Our education system sucks that curiosity out of them.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

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Photo of Peter Worth

Mark Smithivas thank you for sharing this idea. It's great to hear your perspective as a parent. I agree that there's a lot that can be done with asynchronous video from both content and scheduling perspectives. I would be interested to hear you expand on this idea a bit. For example, what might an ideal learning flow look like with asynchronous video? What type of feedback would you need, and from whom? Are there particular subjects that would lend themselves to using video as part of a progressive education experience?

Have you seen the two ideas on the challenge that incorporate FlipGrid? Flip Grid for Formal and Informal Interaction. and My Platform of Choice? FlipGrid ? I thought you might be interested in seeing their approach. Thanks!

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Peter Worth Hi and thank you. It's not specific to video, but I am a big fan of Wakelet (which integrates with FlipGrid by the way). Here's something I recently created: It's a non-linear science fiction story arc which can be massively multi-collaborative in a variety of media. Teachers could use a similar approach for any type of writing prompt, Humanities, and any creative subject really. With respect to video, my son is a gamer, and the gaming community uses a lot of streaming video to both entertain and explain specific aspects of video games. It's more involved than FlipGrid, but I think you get the idea.

Photo of Peter Worth

Thank you for sharing this link. That really helps bring it to life. I can see where this would also be great for supporting connections and collaborations across grade levels and content areas. Thanks!