learning innovation

From June 2015: Finally a few minutes to view the Innovation Hour presentations and I was more impressed watching them after the fact than while I was there. So much great work by students came out of these projects, but viewing the montage video has helped me think more about what I want to do differently next year. First, I want more time to prepare for the presentations and more time for...
From May 2015: The curtain has fallen. The stage has cleared. Our first year of 20 time projects has closed. This week marked our 20 time showcase event, Innovation Hour. Students have been viewing TED talks, discussing public speaking styles, and preparing their final presentations of their yearlong journey with their 20 time projects. It has been eye-opening for me to see how they feel about...
  This post details my efforts to find resources to help students overcome their fears of public speaking and prepare a rockstar presentation for the Innovation Hour Showcase event, as well as some thoughts on revamping the 20 Time model yet again. From March 2015: With all the snow, I have had some time to reflect on what we need to accomplish in my classes as we draw near to the end of 3rd...
As any teacher can attest to, trying to be innovative in an industrial-era model of school is challenging. This blog post details some of the issues I faced as my students moved forward with their projects and negitiated the new model I set up. Some things we were able to work around with grant money and a little brainstorming, other things like school policy, stymied their progress. From January...
After a few months with this project, we moved into Holiday Break which allowed some time to dig deeper into my students' blogs and evaluate the effectiveness of our approach to 20 Time. I made some big changes that alleviated some of the issues that kept cropping up across the teams. From January 2015: Over the past two weeks I have had some time to rethink how my classes are approaching their...
This blog represents a turning point for 20 Time in my classroom. The funding I was awarded, as well as the implementation of status reports changed the tides of student projects and progress in my class. From December 2014: I opened my email yesterday and there was a great surprise waiting for me. I was awarded an Educator Innovator Learning Challenge mini-grant. It is not the whole sum I...
Innovation Hour journey- Installment 4 From November 2014: It seems like my classroom this year is a bundle of activity. I think much of it is attributable to the 20 Time projects, but some of it stems from my desire to not repeat the same lessons year to year. Changing things up each year keeps me and my students from getting bored, but it also creates a tension within myself that I never really...
Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
On May 20, 2014, Educator Innovator hosted a webinar about Making Learning Connected 2014, also known as #clmooc. A collaborative learning and sharing experience, #clmooc provides educators of all types with an opportunity to play with new tools, make projects and friends, and share projects and reflections with colleagues across the country. This webinar outlined important dates, upcoming events...
Dear Friends, If you have not done so already we encourage you to learn more about Making Learning Connected 2014, otherwise known as #CLMOOC, and to sign up today!. We are getting super excited about the summer ahead and wanted to give you a little preview as well as encourage you to share the opportunity with your networks and communities. First, the nitty-gritty: We will kick off #CLMOOC on...

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