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.
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Kay has been in public education since 1985. A classroom teacher for 20 years, Kay has taught 1st through 5th grades, was an early adopter of mobile technologies with Palms and continues to be a strong advocate of utilizing mobile tools in education. In 2005 Kay left public education to be the Education Director for the Challenger Learning Center of Kansas. There she discovered the power of project based learning and using a simulations to foster 21st century learning experiences. Currently Kay is the Innovative Teaching Coordinator for USD 353 in Wellington. She strives to be the bridge that connects digital natives to digital immigrants. She is DEN STAR LC educator, Intel Senior Trainer, certified in Online Safety-Cyber Bullying and Celebrate Kansas Voices workshops. View all posts by kaytibbs