An Invitation to #2minPD

I would like to invite each of you to contribute to the project known as #2minPD. Before I give you the details, I wanted to share my first contribution to the project:

This fabulous project was started by Melissa Pelochino of the Stanford d.School. You can read more about how the movement has grown over here.

Here is the gist, though:

The concept is called #2minPD (two minute professional development).


#2minPD is a video series of 2-minute professional development videos created by educators, for educators. They capture exciting teaching strategies, classroom activities or teaching concepts worth sharing. Selected videos are pushed out to mobile phones each day to teachers who subscribe to receive them.


The goal is to reach 1 million educators with a series of 30 videos (1 per day for a month) in the fall and I am in the process of reaching out to ROCK STAR educators to create them.


And that is where YOU come in!  I would love to have you as part of this series!  If you could share a teaching strategy with 1 million teachers, what would it be?  Simply open your iphone and take a selfie, upload it  to Youtube or Twitter and send me a link.  It’s that simple!


This short document will provide you with more specifics on how to get started as well as some details on the format. 


Here are a few examples of 2minPD videos you can check out for some inspiration:

    • Here is one from Melissa
    • Here is one from Cameron in Australia
    • Here is one from Lisa in the Midwest


So, contribute to the conversation and let’s keep growing this movement.

What I’m Learning: Empowering Lifelong Learners through Micro-Credentials

I really like the context here for why badges and micro-credentials matter for all of us. 

Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners | Edutopia

My father is a former police officer who took up photography when he retired. A few months ago, I asked him when he was going to try a new hobby. “Aren’t you an expert already?”

I joked, pointing to his overbooked calendar of professional photography appointments. “I have enough videos I still need to watch that I could fill up eight hours a day for the next four years,” he said incredulously. “I don’t have time to learn a new hobby yet.”

#Postcardselfies for Everyone (cross posted from

Around Colorado, nearly six thousand former attendees and supporters of the InnEdCo summer conference will receive their invitation postcards in the next two weeks. Upon receiving their postcard, many people will likely look at the pretty picture on the front and use the information and web links to start planning their summer at Copper Mountain, but then what? Some may end up on the refrigerator to save the date, but most will end up in the recycling bin or trash can.

Well, we believe our humble little postcard deserves a better fate than this.

So, we are launching #PostcardSelfies this year to show just how many places these postcards have been. When you receive your postcard in the mail, don’t let it sit in a stack of papers or fall into the trash. Bring it with you and take a picture with it! Show your postcard a good time.

You can bring it to your school and pose with a bunch of innovative teachers. You could take it to the top of a fourteener and take a picture with the sunset in the background. You could even give your postcard some arms and legs, and see how it wants to explore your house.

Whatever you do with it, take a picture. Then, post your picture to Twitter with the hashtag #PostcardSelfies or to Facebook on the InnEdCo page ( Each picture you post gives you a chance to win a $25 gift card to the app store of your choice. The winning pictures will be chosen based upon the total number of retweets or likes each receives, so make sure your friends see your awesome picture too! Don’t worry, we will have multiple winners in different weeks, so your picture can be anytime from now until the beginning of the conference.

For those of you who are worried you won’t receive a postcard but would like to take a picture for #PostcardSelfies, here is a printable version (or just put it on an iPad and take a picture of that if you want to save paper):

Our first winner will be chosen on April 21st, so start taking those #PostcardSelfies as soon as you get yours. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of InnEdCo, and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

What I’m Learning: Creating an RSS feed from Gmail using Google Apps Scripts

While this is a very specific purpose, I am interested in the idea of using email to create content. Just think about a filter in gmail that could push to an rss feed. This means, any time someone (or some service) sent an email on a given topic, it could be available to anyone who could subscribe to the feed. The social nature of email could get very interesting.

Creating a ‘full fat’ RSS feed for Google Gmail labels (enabling some dark social judo) | MASHe

In this post I want to cover three things. First I want to introduce a little app I’ve developed which allows you to create a RSS feed for any of your Gmail labels (with the option to remove certain links – useful if you don’t want others unsubscribing you from mailing lists). Secondly I explain how it was made and how you can use it yourself. Finally I want to discuss how this could be used in an open course environment, utilising the vast processing power from services like Twitter and reusing there target marketing emails to your benefit with a bit of ‘dark social judo’.

What I’m Learning: #PaperTweets

Recently, I have found the need to lower the barrier to entry for people to use twitter, construct tweets, and learn how to create a social conversation with one another. I know that other folks have done this, so I went a searching and this is what I found:

Let me know if you have used a Paper Tweets protocol with students or teachers and I will add it to this post.

An Introduction to #2minPD (a PD movement started by @mpelochino)

I am so excited to be a part of the global movement started by Melisa Pelochino to reach 1 MM educators worldwide with 2 minute pd videos on topics that we are passionate about.

I will be creating a few over the next couple weeks, but if you would like to take part, this is what they can look like:

1. Intro:
Your name
Where you are from (city, state, country if not from US)
"Welcome to another 2 Minute PD"

2. What:
What are you sharing?

3. Why:
Why does it matter or why is it important?

4. How:
Concrete steps on how to implement this in the classroom. "do this…" or "try this.."

5. At least one visual.

(No more than 2:30 in length.)

Everything else is up to you. You can be as simple (talking head) or as complicated (animation, music, etc.) as you would like.

Please upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and include #2minPD in the title and then send Melissa a link.

Project Roundtable: Using Video Creation and Sharing to Shift Instruction

Thank you to everyone who attended or watched the archive. It was a great conversation and we really were able to focus on shifting practice.

Next Steps:
1. Keep on collaborating in the planning doc:

2. Reflect upon the session and then apply for the Project Roundtable Badge: 

3. Make your own Roundtables:

Whether it is the creation of a couple screencasts, the capturing a lesson in your classroom, or simply reflecting upon your practice, the process of creating and sharing those videos have the power to shift practice and possibilities for teachers and students across the board.

*Roundtable Purpose:* Video in the classroom can either be an empowering force for student and teacher voice or it can be a mind-numbing expansion of the lecture into bite-size chunks without deeper learning. It is our goal in this roundtable to explore the former.

*Roundtable Audience:*
1. Any teacher that is interested in using screencasts, classroom/lesson capture, and/or other teacher-created video within their classroom to shift their practice.
2. Any teacher/leader that is interested in furthering their reflective practice and collaboration in using and sharing video.