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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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  • Amy Perkins (View all users posts) 20 Jul 2016 1:09pm ()

    What does innovation look like at my school?

    • Being flexible with time - teaching and learning 'units' or 'topics' do not always fit into a school term.
    • Being responsive to assessment demands - not all students can cope having 3 internal assessments due in the same week and we do not have to assess Yr 9 and 10s at the end of a term/unit if they are not ready to be assessed.
    • Being savvy with our environments - Salvation Army chairs and beenbags, swapping desks and chairs for variation in height and shape, making resource centres from recycled bookshelves and tables etc so that students become greater self-managers.
    • Being collaborative - making links with other learning areas, combining assessments - 1 context and 2 ASs etc

    Thoughts from others?

  • Amy Perkins (View all users posts) 20 Jul 2016 1:12pm ()

    Is anyone using the e-Learning planning framework? would love to hear how and why.

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