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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?


Image source: Thom Lunasea - Flickr CC BY-2.0



  • Sophie Ralph (View all users posts) 29 Oct 2016 1:03pm ()

    Kia ora Leanne,

    Great to hear your reflection on starting in a new school and working in a collaborative environment. I have recently started at a new school and we are currently putting together our collaborative teams and through much professional reading and rich discussion it is interesting to see the differences in the practices and perceptions of 'innovation' and what this can/does/will look like in our kura. I came across this blog post today on twitter (a great collaborative workspace!) discussing how to be a 'Reimagineer' in your learning area and beyond.  The blog points out the brightspots and challenges of working collaboratively and poses some good questions for us to think about as we undertake this adventure. 


    Innovation in my current kura is going to be through collaborative teams of 2-4 teachers delivering 3 decent blocks of learning per day in a learner centred environment. I am looking forward to learner agency being at the forefront of everything we do in our kura. I am also mindful of the depth we need to encourage in our learners how do we ensure they go deep with their learning? More reading to do here I suspect!

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