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Educating Innovators: 25 Ways to Prepare Students for a Changing Job Landscape - InformED

Educating Innovators: 25 Ways to Prepare Students for a Changing Job Landscape - InformED | Educational Technology Grab Bag | Scoop.it

"In a world where knowledge is readily available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know."


Via Beth Dichter
Kimberly House's insight:

Fantastic list at the bottom of this article about how to foster a classroom of innovators. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:52 PM

How should we be preparing todays students for their future jobs? This post recommends that  colleges need to be "adding the value and teaching the skills that matter most in the marketplace." 
And what skill is most critical? Imagination. That's right, we need to teach our students to be "innovation ready," to have the skills to solve problems creatively, to think of new ways to address issues, to be critical thinkers, to communicate, to collaborate. In fact the post states "In essence, students and young professionals today will have to “invent” their future jobs." 

The post looks at the difference between innovation and creativity, where innovative teaching is taking place, and then provides a list of 25 ways to create your own classroom of innovators. Three of the suggestions are below. Each has additional details in the post (and there are 22 more for you to check out). 

* Urge students to imagine the skills – not the job title – they want.

* Promote creativity

* Build intrinsic motivation

At all levels of schooling we need to teach our students skills that they will need in the future...the job market is changing so rapidly that we have a difficult time imagining what the future jobs will be. Is it possible for each of us to begin to plant the seeds of creativity and innovation in our students (at all levels) to help them prepare for their future?

Dave Barry's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:20 PM

A must 

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The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning

The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning | Educational Technology Grab Bag | Scoop.it
We don’t want iPads to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study.

Via Beth Dichter
Kimberly House's insight:

This couldn't ring more true! The first post in this series talks about how teachers need to go through the iPad as an 'add-on' stage. We've found this to be true at our school and there is so much value in recognising this stage as valid. Getting to the stage where teachers and students use the iPad to create and transform learning takes time. Allowing for this time will help ensure an effective iPad programme. We've also realised that having lead teachers across the school there for support and guidance helps teachers considerably as they move through those early phased in their iPad development.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 22, 2013 10:42 PM

This is the third post (in a series of four) by Justin Reich exploring “the future of tablets in education. The first post in this series describes a “Someday/Monday template” stating:

“For technology to make a real difference in student learning, it can’t just be an add-on. On the other hand, teachers need to start somewhere (Monday), and one of the easiest ways for teachers to get experience with emerging tools is to play and experiment in lightweight ways: to use technology as an add-on. Teachers need to imagine a new future—to build towards Someday—and teachers also need new activities and strategies to try out on Monday.” (Quoted from: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/the-future-of-tablets-in-education-potential-vs-reality/.)

This third post explores creation, “examining what is possible when we empower students and teachers as innovators with their iPds and other mobile devices.
 Rather than having students use their devices as replacements for netbooks/computers/textbooks allow them to use them to create something new, or using the SAMR model, as tools that provide the ability to redefine, to think. The post shares a number of examples of what is happening in classrooms that have made the shift from Monday to Someday.

This post provides links to the first post, which explores “The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential vs. Reality of Consuming Media” (consumption) and the second which explores “To Get the Most Out of Tablets, Use Smart Curation” (curation).