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  • Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation & Divergent Thinking
    • Awhile back, I began trying to delineate what needed to be in place for a teacher to really have the best chance of being innovative in their classrooms. Whenever I’m looking for where changes need to be made, it is easiest for me to have some sort of graphical representation…
    • hierarchy, Divergent Thinking, Divergent Thinking workshop, Maslow’s Hierarchy, change
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bringing Coding Into the Classroom – News
    • In case you haven’t been paying attention, computer science skills are vastly becoming some of the most in-demand skills of the twenty-first …
    • science, Code, students, Science Education, classroom
  • 9 Simple Solutions for Common Teaching Problems
    • The solutions to many of our education challenges are things we could start doing tomorrow. Here are 9 ideas you can try right away.
    • students, Hack Learning books, tech support, solution, problem
  • NEW School Update: Class Size Matters
    • This won’t surprise anyone in education, but class size matters. It matters a lot. The bigger the class, the harder it is to meet the individual needs of the learners in our classrooms.
    • class size, class size matters, class sizes, ,
  • Innovating Inside of the Box
    • Tisha, Thanks for sharing. I appreciate your being candid about where you are right now, I appreciate the time you spent delving into the Innovator’s Mindset, and your personal connections to each were insightful. If you’ve not seen it before, I would encourage you to watch the TED talk titled…
    • students, George Couros, George Couros question, culinary silo, Professional Learning Network
  • Innovate My School – Be Netflix, not Blockbuster
    • Innovative ideas and methods from some of the leading teachers and educators.
    • disruptive innovation, innovative ideas, Disruptive innovation compels, disruptive leadership, Blockbuster video card

Score: 334.37962985470415
URL: https://mandyfroehlich.com/2017/11/26/hierarchy-of-needs-for-innovation-divergent-thinking/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 22:03:07 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-11-26T15:27:53+00:00
Author: Mandy Froehlich

  • While trying to reason through this issue, I developed the Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation & Divergent Thinking and this graphic: – – I’ve moved each section multiple times, and while there are arguments for why one might be interchangeable with another, this is what I have decided makes the…
  • That means that as you move up the hierarchy, the individual support needed to create change grows higher because the changes that need to occur become a change that needs to happen within people versus at an organizational level.
  • This post is the first in a series going through each level of the hierarchy, and in the next post, when I work through climate and culture, I’ll also be talking about the importance of creating a common language.
  • Divergent Thinking – The ability to take one idea and create new thinking that will bring teaching and learning in new, innovative direction for deeper learning.
  • As I’ve worked on my Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation & Divergent Thinking workshop for #TIES17, questions and support for moving up the hierarchy have become more clear (you can sign up for the workshop here), and my hope is that as I share my ideas going forward in the…

Tags: hierarchy, Divergent Thinking, Divergent Thinking workshop, Maslow’s Hierarchy, change

Score: 307.73299193445143
URL: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-11-30-a-beginner-s-guide-to-bringing-coding-into-the-classroom
Tweeted At: Sat Feb 10 16:55:00 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2015-11-30T16:20:00+00:00
Author: Kasey Bell

  • Below, you will find a resource guide for CSEdWeek and Hour of Code, in order to help all of you K-12 educators bring coding into the classroom.What are Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and Hour of Code?Computer Science Education Week or CSEdWeek is an annual program designed to inspire K-12…
  • The philosophy is simple but significant: every student deserves the opportunity to learn computer science.Hour of Code is a global movement in over 180 countries, and is a quick way to introduce coding to students or anyone.
  • No matter what grade level you teach, or what devices you have available, every student can participate in the Hour of Code and learn the basic principles that apply to all programming languages (like sequencing and looping).
  • There are even options to go “unplugged” if you do not have access to devices in your classroom, because students can learn computer science principles with something as simple as a deck of cards.VIDEOCoding Resources LessonsThere are hundreds of free resources, lesson plans, tutorials and events that bring the power…
  • Try CS Unplugged, which is a collection of learning activities that teach computational thinking concepts without the need of a computer or device.No matter what grade level you teach, or what devices you have available, every student can participate in the Hour of Code.Moving Beyond the Hour of CodeJumpstart Your…

Tags: science, Code, students, Science Education, classroom

Score: 265.0427667076022
URL: https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/hack-learning-series/
Tweeted At: Sat Feb 10 17:05:15 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2016-11-27T08:55:20+00:00
Author: Jeff Dowd

  • To give you a sampling of the kinds of solutions you’ll find in this series, we’re going to look at one idea from each book: Nine simple ideas that can have a big impact on student learning at your school.
  • The Solution: Dedicate a wall in your classroom as an Inspiration Board, a place where students can place images, quotes, rough ideas, the opening lines of a story they’re thinking of writing, anything that inspires them or shows fragments of inspiration.
  • From Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School – – The Problem: Traditional grade books provide a very limited picture of a student’s progress, and students have no ownership of tracking their growth.
  • The Solution: Have students keep a record of their own progress in a “transparent” space—a Google doc, for example—where the student, teacher, and parents can view it any time.
  • From Hacking Literacy: 5 Ways to Turn Any Classroom into a Culture of Readers – – The Problem: Students need to be reading for pleasure, but your classroom doesn’t have enough books, and you can’t afford to buy any more.

Tags: students, Hack Learning books, tech support, solution, problem

Score: 246.52214963119076
URL: http://catlintucker.com/2017/03/new-school-update-class-size-matters/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 19:01:44 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-03-07T09:11:02+00:00
Author: Catlin Tucker

  • As I began to pilot NEW School this year, my goals were to: – – I realize now that the number one hurdle I face in successfully accomplishing these goals is the sheer number of students I see on a daily basis.
  • There is only so much time in a day and large class sizes make connecting with individual students challenging.
  • My co-teacher and I use blended learning models to create more opportunities to connect with students in person and online; however, it’s still a daily challenge to meet all of my students’ needs and attempt to tailor learning for individual students.
  • Piloting this program has been a real eye opener about why it’s so challenging to execute innovative, outside of the box programs at traditional high schools where teachers juggle large numbers of students.
  • Although smaller class sizes require a significant financial investment, I believe it’s necessary if teachers are going to be truly effective in shifting from the status quo to more innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Tags: class size, class size matters, class sizes, ,

Score: 127.94394680601448
URL: https://www.tisharichmond.com/blog/innovating-inside-the-box
Tweeted At: Sat Feb 10 12:42:22 +0000 2018
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Author: Andrew Easton

  • they want to be entertained…they don’t show up on time…they are entitled…they lack focus…they are lazy…they don’t meet deadlines…I’m stressed…so much pressure…too many initiatives…too many students…too many hoops…not enough time…Sound familiar?This week was an extremely difficult one for me.
  • Do we focus on all the limitations we have, or do we get creative and think about how we can do something new and better within the box we are given.George Couros talks about the following 8 Characteristics of an Innovator’s Mindset in his book and now as I read…
  • So much learning happens when we get out of the way and encourage our students to find their own solutions.
  • Creators – Learning is powerful when students go beyond consumption to creation.
  • Empowering students to make learning their own by coming up with their own creations is one of the most powerful things to experience as an educator.

Tags: students, George Couros, George Couros question, culinary silo, Professional Learning Network

Score: 84.36586228688795
URL: http://www.innovatemyschool.com/ideas/be-netflix-not-blockbuster
Tweeted At: Sat Feb 10 16:57:10 +0000 2018
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Author: Eric Sheninger

  • Education is ripe for disruptive change, leading to innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for our students.
  • We can learn many lessons from the past about change and disruptive leadership, as certain organisations have embraced innovative ideas while changing the way in which they learn.
  • Well, the story of Blackberry ended just about the same way as Blockbuster.
  • In many ways I see similarities between schools and our education system to Blockbuster, Blackberry, and the taxicab industry.
  • change resulting in some isolated pockets of excellence in schools across the world, system change has been hard to come by.

Tags: disruptive innovation, innovative ideas, Disruptive innovation compels, disruptive leadership, Blockbuster video card

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