From the #ASBA Presentation, November 2013. Looking at some of the work happening around the world and how Parkland School Division is embracing change as an opportunity to do something great for students.
Text of Leading Innovative Change #ASBA
Leading Innovative Change George Couros Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning #PSD70
Transformational leaders don't start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they'd like to create instead. Seth Godin From: http://www.ickr.com/photos/bdesham/ 3259862682/
Focus on Relationships
Pier 21, 1958
We need to teach kids to respect the past but to live in the future. Marc Prensky
Be More Dog
This is not about technology; its about relationships and learning.
We need to rethink school.
If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less. General Erick Shinseki From: http://www.ickr.com/photos/nasarobonaut/5478897371/
The Interwebs (slang) allow students to take their learning into their own hands and give it life, meaning and apply their passion to what ever they choose.... But the question is, are the schools teaching for yesterday or tomorrow?
The world is mobile.
Learning happens everywhere.
I decided to drop out of school to pursue photography...
We are all connected
Isolation is now a choice education makes.
Tap into the human side of the web.
As the Internet has become more central in our lives, we have begun to witness a revival of the importance of being human. Notter and Grant
To inspire meaningful change, you must make a connection to the heart before you can make a connection to the mind.
You have an impact.
Our kids look up to what we do...
Our kids need our guidance.
The biggest shift for leaders using technology is not skill set; its mindset.
What we model is what we get. Jimmy Casas
The Big Question Would you want to spend the whole day learning in your own classroom?
It is not enough just to be different; it has to be better. Notter and Grant From: http://www.ickr.com/photos/pagedooley/4196773347/
Leading Innovative Change
Start with the why
"Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality." Warren G. Bennis
vision Parkland School Division is a place where exploration, creativity and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams.
Learning First, Technology Second
Business vs. Education
What is best for kids?
4 Guiding Questions For Your IT Department What is best for kids? How does this improve learning? If we were to do _________, what is the balance of risk vs. reward? Is this serving the few or the majority?
Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. Harriet Rubin
Help move people from their Point A to their Point B.
Simone Bauer, with a Master of Arts in piano performance, B Ed in music teaching, is an innovative music specialist at Blueberry School.
Day 50: Evan, Student (Blueberry School)
Original from: http://www.ickr.com/photos/bombardier/15371858/ ...And truth be told, teachers should be responsible for their own PD now. Kids wouldnt wait for a blogging workshop. Adults shouldnt either. Will Richardson
Narrow Your Focus
Literate --> Adaptive --> Transformative
Move to meaningful creation.
Learning is creation, not consumption. Knowledge is not something a learner absorbs, but something a learner creates. Original from: http:// www.ickr.com/photos/ fotologic/410355440/
They have to be interactive producers, not isolated consumers. John Seely Brown
Build Based on Strengths
Our job in education is not to control talent, but to help find and unleash it.
How long did it take to film and edit? I started in November, but then I had to start from scratch a couple months afterwards, so I spent months and months on it. Whats your background in video editing? I just do it for fun. Im self-taught.
There are intrapreneurs who bring significant innovative changes from within an organization. (Swearingen, 2008)
Intrapreneurial spirit in schools will more than likely lead to entrepreneurial spirit outside of them.
Embrace an Open Culture
Everyone is a teacher, everyone is a learner.
"Figure out a way to create systems that allow those hunches to come together..." ~Stephen Johnson
But kids often defy expectations, if you give them the opportunity. Shelley Wright
Steps Towards Innovative Change (Non-Sequential) 1. Focus on Learning First, Technology Second 2. Create Meaningful Learning Experiences 3. Narrow Your Focus
Steps Towards Innovative Change (Non-Sequential) 4. Focus on Strengths 5. Create and Embrace an Open Culture
Original from: http://www.ickr.com/photos/ben_grey/4582294721/ Make sharing the default.
The Biggest Game Changer in Education?
Open your world...Open their world.
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