innovation

Innovate, Don’t Automate

A little something I whipped up, inspired by Alan November‘s conversation around redesigning the way we use technology in the classroom. Not necessarily a new idea, but a distinction that I think is often missing in classrooms: the difference between automating tasks and assignments with technology versus innovating the classroom practices.

Against "Innovation" #CNIE2014

Here are the slides and the notes from my talk today at CNIE in beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia. Initially I wanted to talk about some of the differences between the cultures of education and Silicon Valley and how "innovation" is framed by both. Instead, I found myself a heading down a rabbit hole with the etymology of the word "innovation." What I fear is that we talk about "innovation" without any referent except that somehow -- magically and inevitably -- "the new" is good, technology is good, technology is progress. We conflate "innovation" with positive social change.

The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as...

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MindShift’s Big Ideas of 2013: Focus on Learning

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to...

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3 Factors For Balanced Accountability In An Innovation Economy

3 Factors For Balanced Accountability In An Innovation Economy  by Matthew Weyers In a recent staff meeting, we were given a task: “If you had to come up with some kind of a scale for...The post 3 Factors For Balanced Accountability In An Innovation Economy appeared first on TeachThought.

27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate

Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It's a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means...

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Getting Students To Stop Learning

Getting Students To Stop Learning And Start Thinking Jacob Barnett, a 12 year-old that’s been diagnosed with Autism, has some simple advice for you: Instead of being a student of that field, be the field....The post Getting Students To Stop Learning appeared first on TeachThought.

The Troublesome Contradiction Between Transparency & Learning Innovation

The Troublesome Contradiction Between Transparency & Learning Innovation by Jane Healey, Ph.D. A troublesome contradiction exists between innovative trends in education and the need to sell outcomes to prospective parents. Experts encourage teachers to implement learning...The post The Troublesome Contradiction Between Transparency & Learning Innovation appeared first on TeachThought.

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