Innovation – no doubt it’s a buzz word.
Indeed, “Innovate or Perish” seems to be a common mantra across many layers of the world of work.
But what might it actually mean, for us in our work in the NPDL Partnership?
One of our four core elements are “New Pedagogical Practices”, aspects of teaching and learning that are (often) enabled, accelerated or amplified by the digital. Whilst there are true opportunities to innovate and extend our teaching and learning here, the notion of building on, or extending current practice through leveraging digital can be one of iteration as opposed to innovation.
So, shifting focus, I would like to share some thinking around the connection between learning partnerships and innovation. It is inspired by a video I came across in that “down-the-rabbit-hole” kind of search that sometimes occurs when you are not really sure what you are looking for, but hope it’s out there!
What messages do you hear in that video?
I was struck by the idea of “Innovation” being the dots and connections that others have missed, or forgotten!
I wonder, as we partner to build Critical Thinking and Creativity (and the other C’s) in our learners, whether we encourage, explicitly structure for and create opportunities for divergent thinking?
In terms of Learning Partnerships, do we make time to leave the “Sage on the Stage” role and allow learners to direct the conversations, the learning; opportunities to see dots that we perhaps do not?
As I write I am reminded of one of my all-time favourite videos – Steven Johnson’s “Where good ideas come from”. Steven talks about the collision of slow hunches, and about making space for this to happen.
In a classroom, these metaphors around collaborative creativity, and seeing new dots, underpin the whole idea of learners building new knowledge, and acting upon it.
So my search for more clarity around innovation has me, I think, seeing more dots – and I’ll leave you with more questions than answers!
Where is YOUR white space for innovation?
In your classroom, how are notions, unexpected connections, ideas, possibilities and imagination encouraged, in every learner, every day?
Save the Dates!
For this Professional learning workshop with global experts.
CORE Education, in collaboration with New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, is hosting the Southern Region “Deep Learning Lab”.
An open invitation is extended to all educators – this workshop is a unique opportunity to collaborate with global experts to investigate and evaluate ways in which we can improve our teaching practice and outcomes for learners.
Join NPDL Global Directors Michael Fullan, Joanne McEachen, and Joanne Quinn, as well as international cluster leaders, to discuss leading-edge innovations for deep learning.
Sunday 2 October 4-6pm – Welcome & Networking Reception
Monday 3 October 8.30am-5pm – Deep Learning Lab
Tuesday 4 October 8.30am-3pm – Deep Learning Lab
If you are currently an NPDL cluster member or are interested in joining a cluster and finding out more information about NPDL, then register now to attend this Deep Learning Lab.
You may also be interested in attending uLearn16, New Zealand’s premier conference for educators. This is being held 5–7 October 2016, in Rotorua, New Zealand. Click here for more information.
What a big week it has been for us!
Thank you to all of you who have hit our social media channels (on Twitter @NewPedagogies and NPDLConnect. It’s been great to see the various layers of implementation and YOUR practices, learning and learners (of all ages) being featured.
A shout out to @patriciahoutsma for prompting our most viewed tweet this week!
Our analytics tell us that we have reached out to over 6000 users over the last 7 days. Please keep spreading the word and sharing your thoughts, achievements and great practice! Our social media and NPDLConnect will be the major information sources as we promote upcoming events, webinars and interactive conversations, so please check back in regularly!
Most importantly, thanks to those who have responded on NPDLConnect or via email to our prompt asking for three most powerful ideas, enablers or actions that you have engaged in to bring NPDL to life for your learners.
Your responses addressed dimensions such as:
- the importance of school culture and climate – ultimately established by School Principals – in allowing and indeed encouraging teachers to embrace and enact new ways of teaching and learning
- clarity of vision and purpose – across all learners, teachers, leaders and the broader school community
- explicitly and authentically connecting your curriculum to the 6C’s
- Growing “Leadership from the Middle“
- learning from each other – collaborating to build collective efficacy
- celebrating success – and analyzing failures to do better next time around!
- creating time to allow deep learning
- starting small and building capacity
- analyzing and evaluating all we do in order to improve our practice, and outcomes for learners
- being prepared to take risks and work “outside the box”
Please continue to post or email through your thoughts,
yours in depth,
It is with a great deal of pleasure that we welcome you to NPDLConnect. As the name of this blog suggests, our intent is to bring together ways of thinking and working, conversations, processes and assets so that we can further support the great work that is happening in New Pedagogies for Deep Learning schools globally.
The blog will feature content available in the public domain, and also links to members-only content (signified by this symbol MO) hosted on our Deep Learning Hub.
Today we are also excited to launch a number of new and revised tools in our Capacity Building section of the Deep Learning Hub ( MO). Among these are 6 Capacity Building Modules, a Parent Engagement activity, and leading Learning Conversations – a document to help school leaders have focussed deep learning design conversation with teachers. We will host short webinar workshops to unpack these, and other new documents over the coming weeks.
First and foremost, however, this blog is about YOU and your learners!
We would love to hear your stories, your ideas, your triumphs and challenges, and come together to create a powerful collaborative dialogue about all things NPDL.
So our first prompt: What are the three most powerful ideas, enablers or actions that you have engaged in to bring NPDL to life for your learners?
Post a response below or feel free to email me with further thinking: [email protected]
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Let’s go deep!
The world needs solutions like never before and NPDL has never been more relevant. Deep learning isn’t just about transforming education but how education can transform the world. Join the movement alongside students, parents, educators, and global partners as we roll up our sleeves for three days of collaboration, problem solving, inspiration and celebration.
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