Disruption & Innovation

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools

Innovation In Libraries Can Lead To Innovation In Schools  by Terry Heick Libraries are brilliant because books are brilliant. So how we organize those books is no small matter—and deserves additional scrutiny as technology changes things. Let’s look then at this idea first as a matter of symbolism, then function: What books are, and how …

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12 Realities That Are Reducing Innovation In Schools

12 Realities That Are Reducing Innovation In Schools by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2012 post by the author Innovation is not something that just happens. Or–with the right chemistry–does it? Oftentimes this chemistry is referred to locally in schools as “climate,” but climate is only a small part of …

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8 Sneaky But Effective Simple School-Improvement Strategies

8 Sneaky But Effective Simple School-Improvement Strategies by Terry Heick Education reform is tricky. For one, so many teachers are wary of change. Not improvement, mind you, but change for the sake of change–shifting from one program or “research-based strategy” to another, endlessly. Year after year. So many trends in learning are simply repackaged approaches …

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The Difference Between Innovation-Led Evidence And Evidence-Led Innovation

The Difference Between Innovation-Led Evidence And Evidence-Led Innovation by Conrad Wolfram, Computer-Based Math Ed note: This post has been republished from previous posting. Recently, I was part of a high-level discussion about maths and computer science education, how we could improve their reach and effectiveness. Rather quickly the question of evidence came up, and its …

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Why Learning Innovation Can’t Come From Teachers Alone

Why Learning Innovation Can’t Come From Teachers Alone by Terry Heick A few years ago, the late Grant Wiggins, a learning expert who inspired me since my first year in the classroom, wrote about the intersection of academic standards and creativity. “Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 106 Empowering Teachers To Accelerate Deeper Learning

Drew Perkins talks with a group of Fern Creek High School teachers from Louisville, KY who are engaging in a School Startup cohort attempting to rethink and redesign Deeper Learning in their classrooms and professional learning communities. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: SchoolStartup.org The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 66 Teaching Like A Rebel With KY …

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Where’s The Innovation In Education Coming From?

 Where’s The Innovation In Education Coming From? by Terry Heick Innovation matters because it reflects and causes adaptations to a changing world. But while we stomp our feet for innovation in education and innovative teaching and innovative edtech and innovative innovation, it might be useful to clarify our thinking. First, how does education–as it exists–function as …

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 101 Removing Barriers To Higher Ed With Virtual Learning

Drew Perkins talks with Deputy VP & CEO of Arizona State University’s Prep Digital High School, Julie Young, about their work to help remove barriers to higher education by integrating high school and university courses using virtual education.  Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Julie Young – @JulieYoungEDU ASU Prep Digital Florida Virtual School Listen on: Stitcher …

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Commencement Address

Start Small: A Wendell Berry Commencement Address

Start Small: A Wendell Berry Commencement Address by Terry Heick Almost every challenge, when closely examined, is first a challenge of scale. If you consider our own corner of the world, learning, the labels and language we use will confirm this theory. Take for example, “ed reform.” Learning is different than education. It is impossible to …

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What’s Wrong With EdTech?

What’s Wrong With Education Technology? by Terry Heick Mobile applications–or apps–have served an important role in the evolution of what’s possible in a classroom. Libraries and textbooks and teachers have been the traditional portals to information in education. This had many benefits, including a very even, aligned, and uniform learning experience for students. Like apps, textbooks are …

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Ep. 33 Innovating Education At High Tech High With Larry Rosenstock

Ep. 33 Innovating Education At High Tech High With Larry Rosenstock by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 33 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Larry Rosenstock, co-founder and CEO of High Tech High, about their approach in designing, sustaining and refining their approach as an education innovation. Links & Resources …

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4 Things Innovative Schools Have In Common

4 Things Innovative Schools Have In Common by Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education A recent list of 13 innovative schools is interesting because it is so diverse. Clearly innovation and creativity is not one dimensional. Some of the schools on the list are considered innovative because of the way they use their learning …

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