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Innovation in Education: Teachers as Learners - Huffington Post (blog)

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Innovation in Education: Teachers as Learners
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Innovation in Education: Teachers as Learners. Posted: 01/02/2013 11:49 am. React. Amazing Inspiring Funny Scary Hot Crazy Important Weird.
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3 excellent points in defining innovation and the importance of this in schools:

 

"...anyone knows that in order to get really good at something, we all HAD to have failed numerous times, then gotten back on that saddle, and attended more closely to where we failed in order to get better. This surfaces our first point: we must have a growth or dynamic habit of mind, one that embraces the insights gained from failure."

 

" ...we innovate and grow through a non-linear process of exploring, envisioning and enacting."

 

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"..these three actions of exploring, envisioning and enacting should be what every kid in our schools can creatively and confidently "master." Unlike the learners in schools of the past, 21st-century learners will not be successful based on how many facts and pieces they have memorized. The successful learner will be able to study a problem in depth (explore), rapidly prototype radical solutions (envision), and test those approaches (enact) for failure and refining."

 

 

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Innovations in Education - Reaching Technology-Reluctant Teachers

Innovations in Education - Reaching Technology-Reluctant Teachers | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
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In my latest blog post, I share how a peer-mentoring project I facilitated in my school district has led to increased innovative teaching and learning practices in our schools.

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7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students' love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible,
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7 sound principles:

"-Learners have to be at the center of what happens in the classroom

-Learning is a social practice and can't happen alone

-Learners are different

-Students need to be stretched, but not too much

-Assessment should be for learning, not of learning (and I would add -assessment should BE learning)

-Learning needs to be connected across disciplines

 

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Innovations in Education - Thoughts on Defining Innovation in Education

Innovations in Education - Thoughts on Defining Innovation in Education | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
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I found it helpful to look at a definition of innovation from a business perspective to better understand what innovation means for education.

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Innovations in Education - Creative Learning by Design

Innovations in Education - Creative Learning by Design | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
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I love to model strategies in professional development that teachers can use with students.  Look at this simple activity to help students (and teachers!) exercise their creativity and critical thinking skills!

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The Answer Sheet - Why schools should try things not "research-based"

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A very important distinction from Ray McNulty, from the  International Center for Leadership in Education --Best Practices are based on 20th Century Education practices in education.  Next practices are what are needed for innovative transformation in schools. Favorite passage:

 

"Education leaders insist that they want their schools to be innovative, yet if a teacher offers a new idea, a common response is: "That’s sounds like a good idea, but where is the data that proves it will work?"

Introducing truly novel ideas means considering something so new that it has not been proven to work. Critics will say we shouldn’t be experimenting on our young people, and I’m not suggesting we ditch our best practices and research-based strategies. Hard data is an important component in the school-improvement process.

But if the current system isn’t working, then we should do what innovators and entrepreneurs have done since the dawn of humanity — try something different. Any educator knows that some of the latest research-based best practices come out of a 20th century classroom"

 

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SXSW in 60 Seconds: Brian Solis on the Most Exciting Innovations of 2013

Brian Solis shares his wisdom on the most exciting innovations in 2013 in less than 60 seconds. Read his Influencer posts on http://www.linkedin.com/today/po... (A short video of Brian Solis from earlier this year and his thoughts on innovation.
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You might be surprised at Brian Solis' prediction for the most exciting innovation of 2013!  So true --and so important to remember in schools.

 

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Innovations in Education - Teacher Creativity Leads to Student Creativity

Innovations in Education - Teacher Creativity Leads to Student Creativity | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
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My latest blog post responding to last week's #edchat regarding whether or not Common Core Standards stand in the way of creativity and innovation.

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32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
An abridged guide to the many ways that your day is about to get better.
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This is an interesting way to look at innovation - rarely are they overnight success stories!

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Gail M. Roper's curator insight, October 20, 2013 12:41 PM

Really interesting and maybe not too far off.

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The Sandbox Manifesto | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer

The Sandbox Manifesto | Angela Maiers, Speaker, Educator, Writer | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
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Three of my favorite quotes from the video:

 

"Passionate purposeful play is not a nicety in today in hyper-connected environment.

 

"Through play we build the competencies and practice needed to be able to

Innovate, Create and Solve Problems"

 

 "Risk takers doers and dreamers emerge as winners."

 

Play is the beginning of creativity, innovation and invention.

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The 21st Century Principal: Becoming a Competent 21st Century Leader of Innovation in Your School or District

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This is an important post that discusses the importance of being nimble as well as offering detailed descriptions of the qualities of an innovative classroom, school or district.
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How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation

How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig.What is the sum of 5 plus 5?”“What two numbers add up to 10?
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More elements of innovation described here, including empathy and perspective.

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Create, Innovate, and Voice

Create, Innovate, and Voice | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I am intrigued by this relationship between social media (PLNs) and innovation: "To be innovative, we have to not only be able to tap into the learning of others, but encourage and model the need to take risks in our learning. "

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, February 22, 2013 11:06 PM

So why are these elements so important in the work that we do?  If we are preparing our kids not only for their future, but in reality, for their present as well, we want to empower students in their learning, not simply be passive in process.  To do this, we are in the process of implementing Google Apps for Education and using Edublogs to create student portfolios throughout the entire division.  We believe that this creates a strong beginning to build capacity amongst all staff, while still encouraging the “innovators” to be innovate.  By also narrowing the tools we use, we feel that we will be able to get to the “transformative” level of learning and give students and staff the opportunity to do things that there were unable to do previously.

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The Heart of Innovation: On Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

The Heart of Innovation: On Cultivating a Culture of Innovation | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions
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I like this garden metaphor - and certainly think this process for cultivating a culture of innovation applies to the world of education just as much as business.

 

The first item on the list hit home:

"1. WHET THE APPETITE
If you are serious about being a gardener of innovation, the first thing you will need is hunger -- a real appetite for results.

 

Growing a garden takes sustained effort. It is hard work -- most of it unglamorous and unappreciated. Hunger for a yield is the serious gardener's real motivator. Yes, the serious gardener likes being outdoors and, yes, the serious gardener likes getting exercise, but the ultimate product of his/her labors -- the harvest -- is what it is all about.

Without this level of commitment, the gardening effort remains only a hobby and does not have the roll up your sleeves and get dirty quality so essential to reaping a result."

 

Perhaps one of the most fundamental challenges for innovation in education is that not everyone has an appetite for it.  Certainly in a district where test scores are already very high this is a pretty big issue.

 

Good food for thought.

 

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How to Teach Creativity and How Can Technology Help? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

How to Teach Creativity and How Can Technology Help? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
There are several techniques to teach creativity, here are some great examples.
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Exactly! Teacher creativity & innovation leads to student creativity and opportunities for innovation.

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Response: Education Innovation Is Like A 'Stradivarius Violin'

Response: Education Innovation Is Like A 'Stradivarius Violin' | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
(This is the final post in a three-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here and Part Two here) Shawn Blankenship asked: What are strategies to close the gap between new ideas and implementation?
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"A deep understanding of the innovation is more important than the technical training in implementation."

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Innovation Excellence | Defining Innovation in One Word

Innovation Excellence | Defining Innovation in One Word | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Nearly 300 people from across the globe have responded to Ravi’s challenge with 272 of these respondents providing their own one-word definition for innovation. What really stands out is

Via Carlos Fosca
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Helpful visual of innovation that crosses disciplines.

 

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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This article belongs (and will be shared) on several of my Scoop-It pages: Blended Learning, Curating Learning Resources, and Personalized Learning.  This "curiosity-fueled" learning is where all of these ideas intersect.  Curating can be the strategy, Blended Learning a starting point to help it along, Personalized Learning is where it evolves to, and Innovation & Invention are the result! 

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The more I read about this kind of learning, the more I see blended learning as just a stepping stone.

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From blended-learning, to personalized learing, to curiosity-fueled learning?

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“THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE CONTROLLING YOUR LEARNING, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN AS WELL.”

My mom used to say this, she told me that the main thing that kids needed to learn to do was to teach themselves.  She believed that it was a skill that would last them a lifetime.  This article is compelling.  It even elaborates on removing adult barriers. 

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Incubator of Innovation - Innovation at Harvard

Medicine, business, politics....You never know where the spark of innovation may originate at Harvard. George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers Univ...
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I recommend all of the short videos in this series. Some highlights:

 

Professor discussing students at Harvard: "They don't work for me. I work for them!" (Personalized learning at its heart!)

 

"Innovators don't follow the rules. Rules are for herds."

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How ditching the desks turned my classroom into a 21st century learning space

How ditching the desks turned my classroom into a 21st century learning space | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
I spent a great deal of last year enamoured with the idea of modern learning environments. One of my placements was at a school which had a large awhina area (an indoor court-yard) shared by 4 clas...
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The classroom environment is essential to creating a workspace for innovators. I love the ideae of "ditching the desks!"

 

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Creating a Culture of Innovation -- Campus Technology

Creating a Culture of Innovation -- Campus Technology | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
In a world where knowledge is available with a few clicks of the mouse, colleges and universities must find new ways to give students the skills to succeed.
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Tony Wagner believes the role of the teacher needs to evolve to be more of a performance coach. Students need to have opportunities to learn to create and innovate through active learning and real world problem sovling. I agree!

 

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LEGO, Learning and YouTube: How to Do More With What Is Already Happening

LEGO, Learning and YouTube: How to Do More With What Is Already Happening | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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The importance of play, connections, and reflection for learning are beautifully described here!

 

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for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever

for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it

Via Ivon Prefontaine, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Beautifully illustrates that if we want students to be creative, we need to give them choice - and freedom to use their imaginations!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 2013 2:05 PM

If we use art, poetry, drama, etc, as forms that promote creative thinking and production, we can get a lot out of students.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 12:07 PM

Oh, this is SO lovely!~

Mark Gantt's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:19 PM

love this! creativity

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Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner at TEDxNYED

Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he w...
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Tony says, "As teachers we must model the values of innovation. We must be willing to take risks."  Outstanding TED talk - a must watch for all teachers.

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9 Illuminating Lessons on #Creativity

9 Illuminating Lessons on #Creativity | Innovation and Invention | Scoop.it
Creativity has a kind of ethereal, ephemeral quality. It’s the muse that comes and goes as she pleases. It’s the breakthrough you can’t explain. It's the

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Ivon Prefontaine, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Creativity and problem solving are inseparable. And they take time, requiring perseverance and a willingness to take risks. All of these are qualities of innovation.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 19, 2013 3:29 PM

Creativity is necessary in all professions. Everyone needs to be reminded from time to time of what it takes to be creative. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:29 PM

Creativity is about being present and aware of the potential that exists.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 20, 2013 12:01 PM

Creativity does come from divergent thinking that is unencumbered by the culling of ideas that comes with more analytical thinking.  There is a time and a place for both!   

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Creativity Rubric from Grant Wiggins


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When you click on the title, it will download as a PDF.

 

This is a great tool to provide students with guidance on the creative process. Very descriptive!

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