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Innovation Takeaways

Presentation on District 287's Innovation efforts in 2010/11.

Mike Smart

on 12 August 2013

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Transcript of Innovation Takeaways

5 Tools to Get There
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs
“Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress” — Ted Levitt
Innovation Forum
Click n Talk App
Orientation Course for our Online Program Students
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen
and thinking what nobody has thought."
— Albert von Szent-Gyorgy
"There's a way to do it better—find it."
— Thomas Edison
“Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt.
— Edward de Bono
Result: District 287 has an established mechanism that responds to internal and external needs and ideas and generates innovative solutions.
Innovation can be strategically guided and purposefully implemented.
Seth Godin
Online Professional Development Modules
Google Mojo
SmartBoard Math Unit Creation
Google Apps for Education Adopted
Safety Training for Woodworking Machines
SmartBoard Fundamentals
Revised “Continuous Learning Plans” for our Alternative Learning Centers
Project-Based Learning pilot
Healthy Breakfast Program
Link to All Materials and References:
Dual Monitors
Every organization/system has areas of “It’s nobody’s job.”
Innovation thrives in these areas.
Attributes of an Innovation
Relative Advantage
The collision of ideas is an
integral element of innovation.
Finding systemic ways to accelerate and expand the collision of ideas helps innovation flourish.
Exploring the "adjacent possible"
pays dividends.
The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.

The strange and beautiful truth about the adjacent possible is that its boundaries grow as you explore them. Each new combination opens up the possibility of other new combinations. Think of it as a house that magically expands with each door you open. You begin in a room with four doors, each leading to a new room that you haven't visited yet. Once you open one of those doors and stroll into that room, three new doors appear, each leading to a brand-new room that you couldn't have reached from your original starting point. Keep opening new doors and eventually you'll have built a palace.
Innovative ideas are strong.
Innovative systems are strongest.
Innovative people are stronger.
Going Digital in Education:
Getting Machines & People to Dance

Our Biggest Issues
1 to 1 Internet Connected Devices
Effective Internet Filtering
1999: Roughly 9 students per Internet connected device
2003: Roughly 7 students per Internet connected device
2009: Roughly 3.8 students per Interent connected device
Personalized Learning
Claims for:
Flipped, Hybrid, Blended, Online
Good Content
"Kids want to take an active part in the learning process," he said. "Now teachers are actually working with kids."
"It was hard to get used to," said 11th grader Nguyen. "I was like 'why do I have to watch these videos, this is so dumb.' But then I stopped complaining and I learned the material quicker. My grade went from a D to an A."
amazing ...
done right.

Leads to Creation and Sharing
Collaborative Curriculum Project
Find Your Mikeys
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