Disruption & Innovation

Why Education Needs Disruption

Bring TeachThought Professional Development To Your School! Why Education Needs Disruption by Terry Heick On Collaboration As An Industry Hopefully we can agree that education–as it exists–isn’t good enough. I know this is a tired argument, but it’s an underlying assumption of this concept: education needs reform. Iteration. Evolution. Transformation. Whatever word reflects the level of …

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Innovation Often Means Teaching Against The Grain

Innovation Often Means Teaching Against The Grain by Paul Moss Recently I came across this interesting article: Shifting from Pedagogy to Heutagogy and whilst espousing all contained within, it got me thinking about the inescapable perils faced when adopting this and other progressive forms of teaching. Going against the grain can be a lonely experience …

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A National Innovation Symposium To Explore New School Models

The Mind Trust: A National Innovation Symposium To Explore New School Models by TeachThought Staff From A Press Release The Mind Trust today launched Talent Matters, an effort to recruit talented innovators and entrepreneurs to take part in two transformative efforts to improve public education in Indianapolis: Charter School Design Challenge. The Mind Trust created …

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Launch, Fail, Grow: Using Iteration To Build Great Schools

Using Iteration To Build Great Schools by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This post was originally longer, but we’ve broken it up into two separate posts to highlight Grant’s thoughts on making reform last, which can be seen here. Readers will know that I promised a thoughtful follow-up to my previous post in which I criticized …

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Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success

Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This is a slightly-edited excerpt from a post by Grant on differentiation and the implementation of policy. Looking for a process to avoid bad implementation of what very well might be a good idea? A new literacy program, …

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Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom by Terry Heick If it’s a standards-based, outcomes-based, institutionally-centered (and nationally participative) game we want, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better combination than Understanding by Design units (i.e., Wiggins) anchored around power standards (e.g., Strong, Silver, Perini, Dufour) that are then delivered through differentiated instruction (i.e., Tomlinson) via …

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10 Examples Of Disruptive Cloud-Based Learning

10 Examples Of Disruptive Cloud-Based Learning by Charles Samuel, Senior Editor at GetVoIP I watched a video recently that made me think hard about the future of education. In it, education researcher Sugata Mitra calmly posits that the education system we see around us- the one that’s often casually referred to as “broken”– isn’t hopeless at all. If anything, Mitra …

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Innovative Learning Tools Need Innovative Teachers To Support Them

Innovative Learning Tools Need Innovative Teachers To Support Them by Paul Moss, paulgmoss.wordpress.com Whenever you see an ambulance go by and cars get out of the way, you know that humankind still has a chance. People immediately bow to the pressures of the modern day, moving aside to let a life be saved. In times of danger …

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The Simplest Way To Change Education

The Simplest Way To Change Education by Terry Heick Make schools accountable to local communities, not federal policy. This would require supporting those communities in various ways & supporting learners by expanding the definition of “academic” success. Among the benefits, the improved visibility of our collective, shared challenge to educate every learners every day for …

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Teaching Disruptively

Teaching Disruptively by Terry Heick Disruption has been a key theme of the information age. Disruption found legs in the 1990s under the careful study of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen. Christensen studied macro business trends over decades, and saw the small, lithe business able to do things that large, cumbersome corporations could not. This was …

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9 Oxymorons In 21st Century Learning

9 Oxymorons In 21st Century Learning Vernacular As 21st century teachers, we have to put up with a lot. Constantly changing expectations. Move academic targets. Constant waves of new technology. Changing sources of professional development. It certainly keeps one day from being the same as the next, but it also creates the opportunity for us to contradict ourselves. …

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How Digital Platforms Are Disrupting Learning

How Digital Platforms Are Disrupting Learning by Terry Heick Media is becoming increasingly digitized, and we learn through, among other processes, consumption of media. It makes sense then that digital platforms just might be changing the way learning happens. A “platform” can be defined as an app, a website, an eLearning environment, or a collaboratively …

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