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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.


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  • 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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  • Kathe Tawhiwhirangi (View all users posts) 21 Jul 2016 5:34pm ()

    Kia ora Amy

    MANY schools are using both the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) and Te Rangitukutuku (Māori medium eLPF)  They are such useful tools! (Can you tell I'm a tad biased here?? :-)

    Why: these tools invite schools/kura to self review alongside each of the 5 dimensions within the framework, to gauge their current e-learning positioning across their school

    How: there is a hard copy manner in which this can be addressed. Visually display these around your staffroom and have all staff walk around and chat and ask questions about each of the aspects that sit within the eLPF and then, position where they see the school positioned. There is also the online tool that takes about 20 mins to address. The difference here is, there is little interaction with anyone else during his time. This however, can be done in an asynchronous manner and anywhere at anytime. There are pros and cons whichever way you decide to address this :-)

    Note: there are 4 'voices' in this review - teachers, leaders, students, whānau :-)

    So what, now what? The cumulative data allows you to decide as a staff, which aspect or aspects, you want to progress. If you take into consideration your charter, the schools vision, student data and the data from this self review, you will have a big picture as to which area is the most useful one for you to progress at this time. With all voices involved in the co-construction of your collaborative inquiry, it won't take you too long at all to gain some huge momentum and shift :-)

    What also tends to happen, is that individual teacher inquiries start forming too!

    This translates into some change in teacher practice, flow on into classroom programmes, and a strong 21C culture operating - if you're not already learning and teaching in this way

    My personal preference? 1st time through the self review process, a visual and interactive positioning. session

    After that? an online version.

    Returning to this review (how ever many times you do this) allows for a compare and contrast picture to form for you all. It is very exciting when schools can view these graphs and see the shift they have made :-)

    Go well on your journey here!!

    Any queries, feel free to get back to me :-)


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