Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eight Pillars of Innovation & Other Links

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The Eight Pillars of Innovation
  • Have a mission that matters
  • Think big, but start small
  • Strive for continual innovation but not instant perfection
  • Look for ideas everywhere
  • Share everything
  • Spark with imagination; fuel with data
  • Be a platform
  • Never fail to fail

In Classroom of the Future, Stagnant Scores
Schools are spending billions on technology, even as they cut budgets and lay off teachers, with little proof that this approach is improving basic learning. . . . .Advocates for giving schools a major technological upgrade — which include powerful educators, Silicon Valley titans and White House appointees — say digital devices let students learn at their own pace, teach skills needed in a modern economy and hold the attention of a generation weaned on gadgets. [They contend that] standardized tests, the most widely used measure of student performance, don’t capture the breadth of skills that computers can help develop. But they also concede that for now there is no better way to gauge the educational value of expensive technology investments.

NCTE Twenty-first Century Literacies
  • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

Windows 8 Gets Ready for Its Big Debut

The company has also said it wants an operating system as at home on an 8-inch tablet as it is on a powerful desktop connected to large-screen monitors. . . . Microsoft’s choices here are critical as its traditional strength in desktops and laptops is coming under assault from a variety of challengers ranging from new mobile devices to Google’s ChromeOS to Apple’s resurgent Mac business. . . . Among the details Microsoft has shared are plans for much faster boot times (a perennial promise) as well as a controversial move to bring Office’s “ribbon” interface to the Windows desktop.

 Schools Can Learn What Schools Can Learn from Google, IDEO, and Pixar

A community about to build or rehab a school often creates checklists of best practices, looks for furniture that matches its mascot, and orders shiny new lockers to line its corridors. These are all fine steps, but the process of planning and designing a new school requires both looking outward (to the future, to the community, to innovative corporate powerhouses) as well as inward (to the playfulness and creativity that are at the core of learning).

Five Reasons Why YouTube Rocks the Classroom
Jon Corippo, a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, was among the group, and came back with ideas about what YouTube was great for.

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