Building an anytime, anywhere PD environment
When Vinogradov learned about Google Workspace for Education Plus, which offers premium features like security dashboards, access controls, and more instructional tools, he realized it could solve a key professional development challenge for UDSD teachers. While both the Plus and standard versions of Google Workspace include Google Meet, the Plus version lets users record meetings with up to 250 attendees.
“We have a lot of professional development going on,” Vinogradov says. “And we want to deliver training in a way that respects teachers' time and allows for flexibility in managing schedules. There are many days in the year where we offer in-service training, and a lot of time is lost with people moving between buildings.”
The district's existing video conferencing system allowed for recording, but there was no easy way to share those recordings or stream them to a wider audience. Google Meet eliminates the friction that prevented teachers from attending professional development sessions.
“When you record a PD session, you create an artifact that someone else can access later," Vinogradov explains. He envisions the possibility of teachers simply setting up meetings to record their best practices for using Chromebooks and Google Workspace in the classroom, then sharing recordings with colleagues and storing them in a PD folder in Google Drive.
In some ways, a recorded PD session is preferable to attending training in person. “When someone views a recording, they can pause, re-watch the highlights, and repeat sections as needed,” he says. “It’s more accurate and efficient than taking notes on the spot.”