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Education Nation: Discussion of the six leading edges of innovation in ed.

Education Nation: Discussion of the six leading edges of innovation in ed.

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Dr Milton Chen (Edutopia senior fellow and exec director emeritus) and Anthony Armstrong (middle school teacher and member of the foundations national advisory council) will be presenting a webinar on August 26 on the topic of the six leading edges of innovation that were covered in Milton's book Education Nation.

This webinar will offer a bird's-eye view of the leading edges of change in education, plus practical tips for how to bring some of these innovations to your classroom.

Milton and Anthony will be available after the webinar to discuss these innovations here in this thread. Hope you can join us!

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Bill Marsh's picture

I guess I fail tech 101, in that I thought I had posted the following question, which may be of limited general interest, during the talk I identified myself as a graying mathematician in Port Angeles, WA. I just finished Milton's book and have passed it on to our School Board.

Given his background with Sesame Street and his chapter on co-teachers, I hoped that Milton might comment on preschool education and learning, and on parents as teachers and as co-learners with their children.

My particular interest is math. Anyone wanting info on preschool math might want to look at the National Research Council's "Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity." The press release for it is at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12519 and a ten minute audio overview of the report is at

Richard Eisenberg's picture
Richard Eisenberg
Founder, Executive Director, Teacher, Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies

The Bayfront Maritime Center currently provides Alternative Education programming for Erie School District students in partnership with the Sarah Reed Children's Center. The 2010-2011 school year will be the second year for this program which uses hands-on maritime themed projects including boatbuilding and navigation on its waterfront campus.

Katherine Haack's picture
Katherine Haack
Technology Teacher, Westhampton Beach, New York

I would also like to know if there is a discount code for the book. Thank you.

Katherine Haack's picture
Katherine Haack
Technology Teacher, Westhampton Beach, New York

I totally agree with Dave Cornelius. When I am helping teachers incorporate technology into their curriculum. I ask them: "What do you want to accomplish?" Then I give them technology choices. They are then able to distinguish what tools they need and how they want to use them.

Stephanie Dolansky-Mahathey's picture

@Edo, Thanks. Wanting to do that, but ran out of funding from a Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. grant. Trying to get my Board to get more involved in raising funds, but not succeeding. Instead, developing other relationships for funding individual events that will involve kids learning how to paddle a kayak in a pool first and then in the Rio Grande, an underutilized resource; will also have kids involved in other outdoor activities. A regularly held program isn't an option for me right now, due to lack of funding, but I'll keep trying. Thanks for your comments and good wishes! Back at you in Japan!

[quote]@Stephanie, I think Anthony's answer to my question during the webinar applies to your question too. The key that I've seen in the past is to bring your successes to other schools in order to recruit them. Show them a successful program and its benefits and sell them on investing (by clearly articulating their costs and returns) in your program. That is the best approach to getting people to open their minds to new ideas. Good luck!![quote]I managed/taught an outdoor afterschool learning program in Weslaco, TX this past spring. How can we get more schools to incorporate using the outdoors as part of the classroom...not just for science, but all subjects? Stephanie Dolansky-Mahathey, Los Caminos del Rio of Texas, non-profit organization promoting/preserving the historical, cultural, and environmental heritage of the Rio Grande from Laredo, TX to the Gulf of Mexico.[/quote][/quote]

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Hi Sheila --

Here's the information for the discount. You can also find this information in your follow up email from the webinar. Enjoy!

Webinar Special: Save 30% and receive free shipping on Education Nation

To save, enter promotion code WAX9S in the Promotion Code field as you're checking out. Click the Apply Discount button so your savings are calculated. Then finish the check out process. It's that easy! Offer ends September 10, 2010. Please read our Discount Terms and Conditions for more information (http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-397640.html).

[quote]Elana- you mentioned a discount code for Milton Chen's book, but I didn't see it posted. Would you please let me know where I can find it?


Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Hello everyone,

I've been getting some emails about downloading the PowerPoint presentation.

You can download the presentation here:

We'll also be posting the recording of the webinar on edutopia.org, YouTube, iTunes early next week. For those that registered for the event, you'll also get an email with the link to the archive.

Grace Rubenstein's picture
Grace Rubenstein
Former senior producer at Edutopia
Blogger 2014

Greetings, all! I'm really happy to see this meaty discussion getting started here so quickly. A few links I mentioned late in the Q&A session yesterday are below:

- A school that's doing good tech-integration work with *elementary* age kids: Forest Lake Elementary in Columbia, SC
- A video (plus handy materials) explaining how a teacher in Anchorage, AK, teaches math as a social, collaborative activity
- My blog about the tech director in Wisconsin who has decided to remove almost all internet filters in his district this year

Keep the good questions and answers coming!


Milton Chen's picture
Milton Chen
Senior Fellow, The George Lucas Educational Foundation

yes, many of the concepts and stories in my book are connect to practices that innovative educators such as the Apple Dist. Educators have been implementing. Your work illustrates how these "edges of innovation" are growing.

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