As a leader in technology integration and an advocate for innovation, especially disruptive innovation I love starting pilot programs in my district. This year I have three elementary teachers who are using iTouches, iPads and iPad minis in their classroom, I have an intermediate school piloting a BYOD initiative and the middle school piloting a 1:1 iPad pilot. I’ve found that those stiflers come in many forms and ranks and am amazed at the poison they can spread. They just don’t understand the power that technology offers in providing students with opportunities to troubleshoot, problem solve and create. The frustrating thing about being an Innovation Nurturer is the perceptions of people who choose not to believe. I do love the way the article ends with the list of Innovation Nurturers. As I was reading through this article I reflected on each “stifling” point and am happy to report that with my staff and with the pilot teachers I am not doing any of the Innovation Stiflers listed. I think I’ll start next weeks staff meeting with this article and have my staff tell me how they are nurturing innovation.
What a great web site! I had the honor to hear Sarah Brown Wessling at the New Leaf in Learning Conference last March and love her enthusiasm for providing students with opportunities to show what they know in a comfortable manner. The video in this post demonstrates how teeing can be used successfully in a classroom. www.teachingchannel.org is definitely a site I’m bookmarking!
Number 4: Technology is a brain extender – that is so true for me and I’ve seen how well it works for my students. Number 5: Technology is more accessible than ever couldn’t be more true! I’m sitting in my living room writing this post and taking stock of the technology at my disposal… iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and a MacBook Air! I’m watching TV on 72″ flat screen and on the other side of the wall is a 22″ flat screen TV in my bedroom. There’s a 7″ screen that shows the surveillance cameras of my condo next to my front door. I’m in education making less than $100,000 a year and yet I have state-of-the-art technology at my fingertips. I’m going to think big this year!