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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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  • Stephen Eames (View all users posts) 30 Mar 2016 1:00am ()

    Stephen Eames - Assistant Principal at Raroa Normal Intermediate


    Is innovation largely due to influence?

    Thank you for the posts so far - Thanks Nathaniel for pointing me in the direction of this discussion. - Sparked some pondering.

    - Is ‘Influence’ the driver of innovation in schools.

    Who is influencing you to be innovative?



    If we are to be truly innovative, we need to be in an environment where innovation is encouraged / fostered. The people we work with should be the people we are getting the most inspiration and motivation from, (including student). So that we can: innovate, try new things, experiment and look for opportunities to enhance learning potential.


    Teaching and Learning Partnerships

    I am extremely lucky to be working with and within a number of Teaching Learning Partnerships this year. These have been extremely influential and have definitely encouraged me to push the boundaries, try new things and ‘innovate’ - Sharing, discussing and even the occasional argument (creative abrasion). We are continually looking for opportunities to ‘amplify learning’



    We are also continually influenced by others, through readings, networking, involvement in online discussions, inquiry, edchats ect. As we look for ideas

    Thanks for the opportunity to reflect.


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