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Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

A public school near San Diego is proving that district schools can be just as innovative as charters.

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Innovate with Houston A+ Challenge this school year!

 If you type the word “innovation” into a Google search, you’ll get 125 million results in under half a second. Awesome? Yes. Overwhelming? Absolutely. In a world where information is accessible and expansive, how do we as educators begin to understand what innovation looks like in a focused, applicable format?

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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