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

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
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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8th grade U.S. History, 7th grade World History

Innovation of the Past and Present

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@Trudy,

I would agree that my current methods of instruction and the ideas they try to embody are not unique. As you mentioned in your post, the social/emotional curriculum, educating the whole child, and providing a global awareness to students are not new ideas in the educational reform movement.

The definition of innovation can be expanded to include the useful application of new technologies. I was hoping through my part in the presentation to demonstrate helpful ways in which teachers could utilize the innovative technologies of today so that we as a profession can as you stated “[reclaim] what we have known for a long time about good teaching/learning.”

8th grade U.S. History, 7th grade World History

Innovation of the Past and Present

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@Trudy,

I would agree that my current methods of instruction and the ideas they try to embody are not unique. As you mentioned in your post, the social/emotional curriculum, educating the whole child, and providing a global awareness to students are not new ideas in the educational reform movement.

The definition of innovation can be expanded to include the useful application of new technologies. I was hoping through my part in the presentation to demonstrate helpful ways in which teachers could utilize the innovative technologies of today so that we as a profession can as you stated “[reclaim] what we have known for a long time about good teaching/learning.”

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You speak with passion. But you don't speak innovation. Perhaps you just haven't been around long enough. 20 years ago I spoke of either/or and both/and. 20 years ago we spoke of globalizing the curriculum. And it wasn't that long ago that we talked about focusing on the whole child and the emotional/social curriculum. You're not talking about innovation. You are talking about reclaiming what we have known for a long time about good teaching/learning. It's not new - but we need to go back to it.

Fourth grade teacher from Elk Grove, California

Promo code for Education Nation

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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?

Thanks!

EDream Designer and professional development trainer.

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One question I ask school boards and IT directors is, "Should curriculum and student centered learning drive acquisition and use of technology or does technology policy dictate teaching and learning strategy?".

That opens a whole new world of possibilities if they answer honestly.
Dave Cornelius

EDream Designer and professional development trainer.

Before I start looking for

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Before I start looking for tools I remind myself I need to be very clear what I want to accomplish and what I want the tool to do. Answer those questions first without any pre-conceived notions.
Dave Cornelius

Preschool and parents

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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
http://www.nap.edu/audioplayer.php?record_id=12519&n=0

Founder, Executive Director, Teacher, Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies

The Bayfront Maritime Center

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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.

Technology Teacher, Westhampton Beach, New York

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

Technology Teacher, Westhampton Beach, New York

I totally agree. When I am

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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.

@Edo, Thanks. Wanting to do

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@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!

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@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!!

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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.

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