On Innovation Day, December 10, I encourage all interested teachers to mark the day by reflecting on the meaning of innovation in what is an increasingly technological learning environment. We must support students and educators as they focus on becoming problem-solvers, analyzers of data, effective communicators, creative thinkers, and collaborators.
We must also realize that technology is not the innovation. The innovation is deeper content. It’s more active forms of learning and teaching. It’s more authentic forms of assessment. It’s linking school to life. Innovation is taking the passions that kids have in their informal learning and using available technology to bring those into formal learning. Here are a few ideas to consider on our first Innovation Day:
- Post a photo or link of what’s going on in your classroom on December 10 on Twitter or Instagram with the #guhsdtech and #guhsdinnovation hashtag
- Detail your project or lesson on the GUHSDtech Google + Community
- Share a project, lesson, and/or student work from anytime this semester and post the link on social media, Google+, and our Google Form
- Participate in the Hour of Code
- Invite your site admin and/or the GUHSDtech team (complete this form) to visit your classroom on December 10
Ralf Swenson, SuperintendentGrossmont Union High School District