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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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  • Kane Fraser (View all users posts) 10 Jun 2016 10:33am ()

    Innovation in our school looks like engaged students using a variety of tools and resources.  We try hard not to get stuck in the monotony of the core subjects, using technology to support and enhance learning opportunities.  Innovation also can be the use experts from outside the school brought in through Skype, the physical layout and furnishings within the classroom and at the curriculum level keeping up to date with recent ideas and changes in pedagogy and practise.  The challenge is to ensure that these innovations are suited to our school culture and have a positive effect on student achievement.  It has seems to have had an impact on student engagement but could be something that we need to measure to show growth.

  • Kane Fraser (View all users posts) 01 Jul 2016 10:22am ()

    Andrew, thanks for this model.  It certainly reflects the school I have taught in. I think this would be a very effective model to plan strategically when leading change.  I wonder if this also applies to the school community who often critique a school on what they know from their experience?  This model would be a powerful tool in planning strategically to introduce change but also a way to support the Laggards, maybe through tuakana teina like we do with the leaders in our class!

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