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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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  • Byron Sanders (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2016 9:46pm ()

    What is innovation?

    To me innovation is about being willing to try something new - take a risk and see if it pays off. Often we stick to what we know because it is safe and there is minimal risk of failure. However, it we are willing to change and be innovative we are opening ourselves up to risk that it could go wrong because there are a number of unknowns. 

    Innovation in the classroom or school wide can take shape in a multitude of ways. It could be in the way we address and talk with or about students. It could be in the pedagogical methods we use or the curriculum content we share. 

    An important reflective question about being innovative is continually asking ourselves why we do something, the way we do? Why do we start school at 9am? More often than not, in the school setting, the answer will be because we have always done it. However, is that based on evidence - is it the school putting its best foot forward and provide for students in the best way we now know? Being willing to take risk could end in failure. But it could also end with significant progress and benefits for students. Something to think about… 


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