The 2010 Innovation Showcase, staged in May, exhibited a wide range of innovative practices from inspiring teachers and early childhood workers.
Recordings of each session along with their accompanying presentation are now available online.
With 36 presentations on innovative practices – from iPod touches to play based learning – and three inspiring keynote speeches, the online resources from the 2010 Innovation Showcase have something to interest everyone.Some stand outs from the event included:
- Innovation expert Charles Leadbeater’s inspiring keynote presentation and
- Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award winner Adrian Camm’s keynote and presentation on technology education and his student-driven classroom.To continue to connect with the inspiring Innovation Showcase presenters and take part in further discussions about innovative practice, join the Educators Guide to Innovation ning.
A two page executive summary of this important 40 page document that focuses on schools and learning has also been released and covers these main points:
- Improve school: essential but not enough
- Reinventing school: cracking the code
- Supplement school: invest in families and communities
- Transformational innovation: a new logic to learning
The main points relate to the thoughts that schools that are collaborating and creatively using technology are the way to go, however, reinvented schools are not enough if families and communities do not value learning. Learning must also take place outside of the school and include parents and the community. Specific programs that ‘pull families and children to learning by making it attractive, productive and relevant’ are applauded.
The authors advocate ‘new, low-cost models for learning’ and a massive shift in education policy. They conclude:
Governments should continue to look to the very best school systems to guide improvement strategies. But increasingly they should also look to social entrepreneurs working at the extremes who may well create the low-cost, mass, participatory models of learning that will be needed in the future.
Further discussion is invited at http://www.getideas.org
Pru discusses the idea of mass innovation and creativity and shows the tools that can help establish these skills. Well worth viewing and considering.