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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

 

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  • Junior Togia (View all users posts) 20 Jul 2016 3:19pm ()

    Innovation is relative.  In our school at this particular time of our journey and evolution in IT use and ILEs, innovation looks like taking risks to discuss new initiatives that may enhance learning and outcomes. Hypothesising, exploring and building an understanding of this research and reflections about these initiatives.  At this early stage I see my role as ‘telling' and 'selling’ the rationale behind the initiative so that my early adopters can convince the early and late majority to build a shared responsibility of the change.

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