Innovation

Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

| August 20, 2014 | 10 Comments

A public school near San Diego is proving that district schools can be just as innovative as charters.

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The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

| March 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as a launch pad to explore new territory.

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2013 Big Ideas in Education

2013 Big Ideas in Education

| December 18, 2013 | 27 Comments

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

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27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate

27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate

| November 29, 2013 | 8 Comments

Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It’s a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means to innovate, a word that sometimes seems to belong in the adult domain of business and is estranged from how students think about living their lives.

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

| April 1, 2013 | 37 Comments

Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.

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How to Fuel the Innovation Engine in Learning

How to Fuel the Innovation Engine in Learning

| September 7, 2012 | 5 Comments

Flickr:JUvertson By Jennie Rose Can creativity be taught? If innovation is truly the key to this country’s success, then it’s time to think strategically about engendering creativity into our education system. That’s part of Tina Seelig’s thesis in her new book Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. Case in point: In schools, when we give […]

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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

| August 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching practice, this moment might be a good time to pull back and think about some big-picture ideals, too. Here are a few to consider. 1.   INFUSE PASSION INTO LEARNING. […]

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Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation?

Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation?

| July 17, 2012 | 35 Comments

Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Aran Levasseur Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It’s captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and […]

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The Big Ideas Fest Pushes for Progress

The Big Ideas Fest Pushes for Progress

| November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Creative thinkers and innovators will gather next month in Half Moon Bay to brainstorm and implement progressive ideas in education at the Big Ideas Fest. In groups called Action Collabs, they’ll tackle big-picture questions like how to help teachers influence and have impact on learners, how to create opportunities to learn for students who are […]

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High Schoolers Challenged to Try Design Thinking

High Schoolers Challenged to Try Design Thinking

| November 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Design thinking is not just for professional designers. Anyone, including high school students, can find a way to apply creative problem-solving skills to important social problems. And that’s the point of School: By Design, as reported by Good’s Allison Arieff.  The youth-mentoring program, initatied by Design Ignites Change challenges high-schoolers in underserved communities to redesign […]

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