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FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 16 Mar 2016 9:24am () Replies (81)

Innovation in schools of any type needs to start with the idea that the goal is not to force kids to abandon their passions and interests for our curriculum.

- Will Richardson, Stop innovating in schools. Please.

blue orange Dictionary.com defines innovation as:

  1. Something new or different introduced

  2. The act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

There is so much innovation going on in our schools. Leaders and teachers are coming up with new ideas, and new ways of doing things all the time. But what innovation looks like to one school could be completely different for another as each school has different goals and philosophies.

George Couros states in Innovation and best practice, that his “belief is that innovation in teaching and learning starts with empathy; truly trying to understand those that you serve.” He expands on this to say that it’s “not only a starting point, but a continuous part of the process”.

As with all things in schools, we need to ensure that student learning is foremost on our mind. This includes in how we innovate. Will Richardson made this very clear when he says,

To put it simply, innovation in schools today is far too focused on improving teaching, not amplifying learning.


Join the discussion

  • What does innovation look like to you?

  • What does innovation in your school look like?

  • Are the innovations in your school amplifying learning? If so - how?

  • How is digital technology supporting innovation in your school?

  • Where do the tensions/challenges lie if any?


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  • Julie Mills (View all users posts) 18 Mar 2016 2:17pm ()

    "…innovation floats on a sea of inquiry and curiosity is a driver for change."

    Timperley, Kaser & Halbert

    Thanks everyone for sharing. My name is Julie Mills and I’d like to share an initiative that has become synonymous with innovation – embedding Financial Capabilities into the curriculum.

    A group of nine schools and a tertiary institution (Upper Harbour Sorted Schools Learning Community) collaborated to embed Financial Capability teaching and learning into their school curriculum. The shared practice across the sectors was definitely a critical factor in the development of new thinking, practices and resources. For more on which schools were involved and how this initiative came about, go to Innovation and Financial Capability.

    The outcomes from this project are more than exciting. Students participated in Trade Shows, writing of apps, Young Enterprise Challenges, Dragon’s Dens, Caine’s Arcade Games, Boot Camps, Stock Market Challenges, technology challenges and fundraising events. Teachers involved students in planning school camps including the comparative pricing of services, budgeting and purchasing food. The Financial Capability learning experiences were all integrated into existing learning areas and programmes.

    For more on how this innovative practice has come about, the details behind the programmes created, collaborative processes and creative outcomes for students, go to the full page dedicated to this story @ Innovation and Financial Capability.

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    Discussions Following:

    School leaders will share their thinking and perspectives on innovation through this forum:

    Vicky Crawford : Albany Junior High School: Vicky will share her thoughts and resources on innovation through the perspective of student engagement.

    Di Cavallo: Hobsonville Point Secondary School: will discuss innovation in curriculum design and will share exemplars from the maths department.

    Leisha Barnes: Upper Harbour Primary School will discuss the outcomes from a junior level and share her practice through teaching and assessment strategies that have impacted on her practice using SOLO Taxonomy

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