CPD ideas – a great one from from Teachers’ TV.

This is a letter I put out to all staff via the SLT to give them an option for CPD that they might not have thought about. I have taken the original article from Teachers’ TV and added/amended bits as well as created a video CPD log. A good idea and one that might go down well given the financial straitjackets we find ourselves in just now!

Original idea and link at http://www.teachers.tv/help/viewinglog#what_is

Letter is here for you to adapt as you wish.

CPD – watching videos can count too


An element of personal CPD that some might not have thought about is watching videos on such sites as Teachers’ TV (http://www.teachers.tv )  Once you register you can view or download onto your own computers for later viewing. Each video page has an option (halfway down right hand side – see below) to add the video to your viewing log.

The graphics keep crashing so they’re on the letter but not here – investigating….

The viewing log allows you to make videos you watch count towards your Continuing Professional Development. Watch videos, record your initial thoughts, return to update your notes when you’ve tried implementing ideas in the classroom, and download and print a record of how you have used videos as part of your CPD.

It’s a simple three step process:

1. Watch a video, make initial notes on how the good practice, resources, and tips featured can influence your own classroom practice, help you implement new education policies, or inspire you to address wider issues around your school.

2. Once you have tried using the information in your own work, you can return to your viewing log to enter reflective notes on your experiences.

3. Finally, download and print your initial and reflective notes to show how you have used Teachers TV videos as part of your Continuing Professional Development.

You can add notes about as many videos as you’d like, and edit your reports to show all videos or only a selection. Once you’ve downloaded your viewing log report, you can copy and paste sections, or the entire report, to use in other documents.

At the end of this letter is an example viewing log for videos from other sites such as TED, http://www.ted.com/ some of which are incredible to watch and really give an up to date experience of future thinking in education and elsewhere. You can download these videos as well.

Other videos to watch include:

‘Shift happens’   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8

‘Students of Today’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

‘I want my teacher to learn’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CIh7FWv4UA

‘Pay attention – how do your students learn?’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEFKfXiCbLw

There are also many videos by education gurus such as Alan November, Carole Dweck, Stephen Downes available on youtube or teacher tube. All of which can be viewed and reflected upon for CPD.


Date Title of video Subject matter Notes on good practice, resources and tips shown. Any wider policy or other issues? Reflection after use in classroom

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