According to Edwards, “We ‘learn,’ and after this we ‘do.’ We go to school and then we go to work. This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover.” Edwards posits that the key change we need for our students and ourselves is renewed focus on discovery wherever we find it and learning by doing.
Alexis Wiggins shares the self-proclaimed terrible mistake she made – waiting so long to shadow students at her school. Wiggins shares her experience of seeing the school day through her students’ eyes. She has three key takeaways and many changes she would make in her classroom immediately from developing empathy with students
Have you shadowed a student at your school for a day?
“A Lesson In How Teachers Became ‘Resented and Idealized'” by Dana Goldstein on NPR discusses the controversial role of teachers and their close connections to the development of social movements over the last 200 years. She also highlights the importance and value of keeping innovative educators in the field – we agree!
Her book, “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,” was just released on Tuesday.
Many students today feel pulled between the traditional college route and what is perceived as the more exciting startup world. What ideas can colleges steal from their competition – startups – in order to better engage students? Brennan suggests building team through collaboration and helping alumni stay sharp through continued engagement are a few.
MIT has a reputation as one of the most innovative higher education institutions; it is continually pushing to reinventing itself. Here are the key ingredients for innovation in higher education according to MIT – a few are “a willingness to take risks, to try something ‘crazy,’ to learn from failure and keep going” What’s the last risk you took to learn?
Jake Knapp of Google Ventures shares these 4 steps for combining the hacker way with design thinking. Some of these will look familiar to EDesigners who have used them to innovate for their classrooms!
In case you missed it, get the hot topics from ISTE Conference in Atlanta last month! Unconferencing, focusing in the whole student experience, the new Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (for educators, admins, and edtech orgs!), and the best apps of the moment are just a few of the conversations these 18,000 educators engaged in last month.
If you’re not directly involved in schools or innovation, you can still help shape education innovation. 60 civic hackers, developers, and students are working on the Mass EduData Challenge in Boston. Parham, Government Innovation Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, shared school data with those he believes are most suited to analyze it — hackers. “We can leverage the insights and skill sets of the folks in our extended community who are, first of all, very passionate about civic innovation and, second of all, they have specific skill sets, whether it be in application development, user experience design, data analysis, or visualization,” Parham said.
Researchers are beginning to document a digital Matthew Effect (the tendency for early advantages to multiply over time) in regards to learning with technology and the achievement gap. Access to technology alone does not level the playing field – it’s guidance and scaffolding by adults or mentors that really lead to meaningful educational gains with technology. Annie Murphy Paul thinks we need a focus on people and training to provide support above and beyond access for low-income children. What steps should we take to ensure technology is not widening the opportunity gap for our students?
Michael B. Horn writes about how public schools have some unique challenges to solve the innovator’s dilemma – how you prioritize innovation that will disrupt the current student experience to drive improvement. Political leadership, varied stakeholders, and limitations on change have an impact as well as the fear of failure in one of our most important social institutions. What is the cost if we don’t innovate and learn from our failures?