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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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  • Tony Cairns (View all users posts) 29 Mar 2016 6:10pm ()

    I agree with Leanne

    Innovation is failing early failing often, and failing spectacularly - and learning from every failure to be better, smarter, wiser - This is what we are doing with digital innovation and BYOD at WHS in Science this year - Innovation is Easter Saturday morning with a paddling pool of water and talc students studying waves or rigging up a blowtorch to test flames and sound late in the evening over easter, Innovation is the halls alive with students debating and arguing moots while the rest of the town slumbers through easter dawns. Innovation is girls with vicky crawford making a better future for all women and all girls - innovation is the anzac folders in the POND and the short courses to teach students the Art of War and the War of Art. 

    Innovation is what we do when we think outside the square the box, the job description and rediscover and invent the best ways to teach ourselves and our students in a community of scholars. innovation is disruptive, difficult and demanding. We rely on our colleagues partners and schools to help and support us in these endeavours and its wonderful when this happens too.

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