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Teacher Reflection and Professional Growth Through Vlogging

Location: W175ab

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W175ab

Darin Nakakihara   Charles Reynolds  
There is a growing professional learning community of teachers on Youtube. Learn how to use videos to reflect on your teaching practice and grow your network teachers.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Youtube
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of our presentation is to provide a pathway for educators to access meaningful professional growth through a network of educators across the world. Participants will learn how to set up and create content on Youtube and leave with strategies that will help them connect and cultivate an online Professional Learning Community.


I. Introduction (10 min)
II. How we got started vlogging. (15 min)
III. Benefits of being a teacher Youtube content creator. (15 min)
IV. Getting Started - equipment, software, choosing a niche. (5 min)
V. Getting set up for success - Avoiding the mistakes we made. (10 min)
VI. Q&A - (5 min)

Supporting research

"One-shot workshops—“professional development” days with little
direct connection to classrooms, coaching support, or follow-up—often have minimal impact on teachers"(Beach, R, 2012, p. 256). Beach argues, " teachers can capitalize on the affordances of digital tools and social networking capabilities to collaborate, plan with, and learn from other teachers in their own school, as well as teachers in other schools across the country who are asking the same kinds of questions.
Beach, R. (2012). Can online learning communities foster professional development?. Language Arts, 89(4), 256.

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Darin Nakakihara, Beacon Park School

Darin Nakakihara - Has a Ma.Ed. in Educational Technology. He is a Google Innovator and Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. He has presented at National CUE, OCCUE, EdTech Team's Las Vegas Google Summit, Microsoft E2 and was the local keynote speaker at the California Better Together Conference. He was also featured on CUE Live at last year's conference. Darin has a been vlogging for 3 years and has over 2,400 subscribers.

Charles Reynolds, Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

Mr. Reynolds is a high school Literature teacher in West Philadelphia. Mr. Reynolds uses YouTube to inspire, engage, and motivate new and veteran teacher to be the teacher they always wanted to be. Reynolds uses "real rap" to share teaching tips and strategies and to give an authentic look at what it means to be a teacher in inner city Philadelphia.

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