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Innovation in EdTech

Month: September 2017

Why we need Innovation

The Necessity and Need for Innovation Prelude: Today launches my first ever blog post and it could not be more of a fitting topic, why is innovation so crucial or…

The Necessity and Need for Innovation

Prelude:

Today launches my first ever blog post and it could not be more of a fitting topic, why is innovation so crucial or is it? I have been putting off starting this blog and two things combined to finally allow me to take the plunge. First, I am participating in the #IMMOOC Season 3 (a massive online group to discuss the topics of the book Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros) which kicked off this week and asks the group to share their learning through blogging. Second, I had the opportunity to present today during a multi school professional development day which centered around innovation. It all felt serendipitous, so here I am “putting pen to paper” as it were and starting what I hope will be a successful endeavor in reflecting, learning and sharing all about innovation along with my experiences with educational technology.

The real meat and potatoes of this post:

Innovation IS CRUCIAL. There are a number of ways one could look to justify this answer; my thoughts go to how in roughly a decade we have seen massive changes in our social connections and access to information. We saw the birth of social media and have watched it skyrocket in popularity and purpose. Cell phones have become computers in your pocket. Access to information is essentially real time 24/7. Our high school students have only ever known a world that is connected and being able to have access to knowledge at their finger tips.  Second only to Google, YouTube has become a powerhouse; moving from a place to share videos, but for people go learn and shift the paradigm in learning institutions.  We all live in a world that is constantly changing. We cannot hope to thrive and find success in standing still. We are living in a world of acceleration and as educators we need collaborate to build opportunities for growth and new learning so that we can best serve our students.

Today, as I mentioned above, we held a professional development day focusing around innovation. What made the event a powerful experience was tapping into our own staffs’ knowledge and abilities. It was impressive to watch educators be vulnerable in front of their peers, take a risk and share their own methodologies that have been allowing them to be successful with their students. Additionally, we put trust in our staff to choose their own learning, to provide them the ability seek out the topics and presentations that suited their needs best. Being open to taking risks and having trust in your staff builds an atmosphere ripe for innovation. Being able to be a part of the planning of this event, having the chance to present to staff, and feeling the positive vibes from staff as the worked together was amazing. As @gcouros states in his book The Innovator’s Mindset “Innovation is nor reserved for the few; it is something we all need to embrace if we are to move forward.”

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