Challenge 13: 30 Second Video Journal


George Couros created the Hashtag #EDUin30 to encourage educators to share their thoughts and reflections, in a short video format. Very few people feel comfortable recording themselves, hearing their own voices and then sharing them publicly, but as George Couros states below: That is actually the point!

an opportunity to not only share practices in a different format, but to also connect more to the educational community. […] To be honest, it felt a little uncomfortable to share myself in a video. That was actually kind of the point. To stretch myself in this format as well.

This challenge is about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone by recording a short video of yourself. You will create a 30 second video of yourself, sharing your thought, then embed the video on your blog. Please share the link to the blog post in the comment section below.

You can choose any of the following topics or prompts below:

  • Why did you become an educator?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are you currently working on?
  • What and how have you learned recently?
  • What does 21st century education mean to you?
  • I always wanted to learn about____________. Why?
  • How do you reflect on your professional practice?
  • What is a practice that you would like to share with others?
  • __________ fosters innovation. Why do you say that?
  • Give an elevator speech about who you are as a professional?
  • How do you feel about sharing as a moral imperative for educators?
  • What are your beliefs about (adult) learning?
  • What is your story? What story do you want the world to know?
  • What would be the ONE thing you would change about education?

There are different ways to record yourself and share the video on your blog:


  1. Use your webcam on your computer or use your cell phone/tablet to record the video
    If you are recording on your cell phone, make sure you turn the camera to face you.
  2. Start recording
    Use your native camera app or you can use an app on your phone/tablet. Using an app, such as Twitter or Instagram has the advantage of having the publishing of the video file directly embedded in the app. There will be no need to upload it to a separate video storage site. Remember the more spontaneous and the less staged your recording is, the less time consuming for you. This is not about your technology skills, but about your thoughts and ideas you are sharing. If you do want to edit your video, you can use video editing apps on your phone/tablet/computer.
  3. Save your video file
    Once the video is recorded, you need to your device. The tablet/phone will have a native app that it saves your video in (ex. Photo Gallery) If you used an app (ex. Twitter/Instagram) you can now save the file by publishing it to your app’s account.
  4. Embed the video on your blog.
    If your video file was saved on your device (and was not published to an online account), you will need to upload the file to a video hosting platform, such as YouTube or Vimeo. Once uploaded, the file will receive an embed code, that you can copy and paste into your blog. If you published your video to a Social Media Platform (ex. Twitter/Instagram), there is no need to upload it somewhere else, since these platforms will generate  automatically an embed code for you to copy and then paste into your blog.



Once you have the embed code, copy it, then paste into your blog post





Moderator reflection on #KatyISDchat #eduin30 #LeadUpKaty @KatyISDchat @Mann4Edu @SaneeBell #WGEDD #TXPVI @gcouros

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