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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



  • Rachel Weinberg (View all users posts) 19 Jun 2016 8:21am ()

    Thanks Tessa and Roger for sharing this clip. It sums up a lot of the struggle we are having in our school with getting people to embrace the use of technology and in fact, innovation in general. I have fallen into the trap of trying to work too hard and too long with those on the third carriage and this only leads to either burnout or frustration! To counteract this, I also spend time with those early adopters in the front carriage, as they keep me sane,  but know deep down that this isn't helping bring the others on board. My aim now is to concentrate on those in the middle carriage and see how  many I can encourage to take a risk, trust me and eventually move towards the front of the train.

    With ILEs looking like they are going to become a reality in our school in the not too distant future (we have property upgrades to do), our focus on innovation has been primarily on the pedagogy associated with working collaboratively and in innovative ways, with a minor focus on the use of technology. We have begun this journey through teachers working to their strengths, flexible groupings within and across classes, student and teacher inquiry, promoting self-managing and growth mindsets within students. We have also visited numerous other schools who are all at various stages of the move towards ILEs and have picked up both things we like and things we don't like. It is an interesting journey!

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