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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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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Trudy Knowles's picture

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.

LBPEREIRA's picture

I would really be interested in hearing from Anthony about how he sets up assessments and his grade book or some great resources for assessment with this new way of learning and teaching.

Laura Adler's picture

One of the biggest roadblocks in our district has to do with concerns about security when using free Web 2.0 tools. So many of these tools are really great and their availability would make it much easier for teachers to "join the revolution". However, we are constantly asked if something's been 'approved' (the answer is usually no) before using it. What are your thoughts on some of these sites, for example, kidblog, free Wiki sites, or even google docs? (We are an elementary school. )

Edo Forsythe's picture
Edo Forsythe
English Professor in Northern Japan

@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]

Diane Randgaard's picture
Diane Randgaard
7th & 8th grade math teacher

What are a FEW high quality websites that offer easy-to-understand information on new technology applications in the classroom? I would like to delve into this and get the big picture before choosing what direction to take. The problem is that it can be overwhelming and off-putting to read some of the "technology in education" internet sites that assume the reader has lots of prior knowledge on this topic. Suggestions please...

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

@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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Anthony Armstrong
8th grade U.S. History, 7th grade World History

@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."

[quote]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.[/quote]

Sheila Whitney's picture
Sheila Whitney
Fourth grade teacher from Elk Grove, California

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!

Dave Cornelius's picture
Dave Cornelius
EDream Designer and professional development trainer.

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

Dave Cornelius's picture
Dave Cornelius
EDream Designer and professional development trainer.

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

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