Innovation as Learning Ethic

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hackNY spring 2013 student hackathon” by “hackNY.org” is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The heart and soul of CEP 812 has been the Wicked Problem Project. Divided into think tanks, we were asked to examine one of five wicked challenges concerning the future of education based on the work of the New Media Consortium. Our group focused on the challenge of making “innovation part of the learning ethic”. The question that played in our minds over and over was how to make schools a place “where innovation happens routinely”?

For this purpose, we worked collaboratively with course colleagues weeks in advance, to gather information, brainstorm ideas, consult via synchronous video conversations, delegate responsibilities and devise the best bad idea possible for our wicked problem! Our premise was that in order for students not to lose motivation or passion for learning, innovation must be considered as part of the learning ethic.  More specifically, students should be afforded time and space in the curriculum to routinely play, explore and create. Our research and discussions were curated and are presented here in the form of a multimedia mashup, visual representation, and white paper policy recommendation.

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One thought on “Innovation as Learning Ethic

  1. First of all, let me say how much I loved your project. I feel like innovation as motivation is one of the biggest goals of the CEP classes I’ve taken so far, and your group has done a great job of addressing it. I had never heard of Genius Hour…but now I’ve got several tabs open to look into it and see if it is something I can implement in my own classroom. That’s another thing I love about your project: it is so accessible and realistic.

    Your mashup looks fantastic. It effectively blends discussion with overlaid, thought-out ideas, as well as pictures, screenshots, and more. You made it evident of not only the planning that went into the project, but also the logistical planning, being all over the world. I like the graphics that summarized what each meeting discussed. Reflection of key ideas, and a focus on the complexities are both evident.

    Your visual representation is easy to follow and interpret. I like that you used this tool to go further in depth in regards to stakeholders. I also like the addition of constraints, such as time and space (seemingly the two biggest constraints when using technology in the classroom!). Again, Emaze is not something I have heard of before, but I like it; it is visually appealing and easy to use.

    The white paper is clear, and well thought-out. It includes quotes from both scholarly sources as well as current educational news sources. The only suggestion I have is a technical one for your website…The box that the paper is in is not the easiest to read. You do have an additional link that opens in a new tab, but if the box were bigger, then opening it in a new tab wouldn’t be necessary.

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