Week 3: Session 3: The Road to Innovation - Analysis of winning entries


Today we start working through Session 3 of the actual face to face course which is on a CD that is online. These materials can be accessed here: http://schoolnet.org.za/PILP/innovation_2011/index.ht






Webinar yesterday

We had a lovely webinar yesterday with three past winners presenting their projects.The link has been posted on the wiki on the 'View webinar recordings' page in case you would like to listen..





Recap of the past few days

Basically the idea of the Innovative Teacher competition is for you to think of something you already do at school or plan to do after school, turn it into a project, add some technology to it and make it different. As you do that you consider 21st century skills, and also take into account what would really interest the learners and get them excited about it. So far you have looked at four steps:

Step 1 - Your 'first idea'
Step 2 - Brainstorm wildly with your first idea!
Step 3 - Decide on some activities and even the technology you might use.
Step 4 - Turn your ideas and activities into a project.


Useful resources
There is a list of these on the Resources page (which can also be found by clicking in the navigation bar at the side). These have been downloaded from the CD for ease of use.


Where is your idea right now?
Have your reflection page ready because today you will continue to take your project ideas and turn them into a project. Today we examine case studies in all the different categries and see what they have done. Have your analysis form and your reflection page ready as you look through Session 3.


A reminder about project-based learning

For this competition we can't just use a lesson. We have to change the lesson/s into a project. What is your view of a project? For many teachers a project is ... setting a group of learners a topic, adding some questions, give a due date, let them research it and set it out creatively at home...and then you mark it. Is it more than that? Consider these four distinct phases of a project. It is important that when you take your idea and turn it into a project these stages are clear in your mind:

*Challenge Phase
*Gathering of information
*Processing that information
*Presenting that information
You'll notice that the analysis form includes some additions to this process. I will refer to these as innovation elements- collaboration, taking the project beyond the classroom, making sure it has real world links, applying critical thinking, making it better by using technology, and of course including the innovative element...approaching it differently to the norm.



Today's task
Work through Session 3 of the actual face to face course which, as you know is on a CD that is online. These materials can be accessed here:
http://schoolnet.org.za/PILP/innovation_2011/index.ht
Look through each project and jot down ideas and thoughts that interest you and that might relate to your project. build on your ideas. Go a step further to Step 5: Add some innovation elements to your project as you look at what others have done.



Today's challenge

Take your idea to date and your brainstorm and start to rework it. Add some 'innovation elements'.

* How can I increase the collaboration in this project?

*Can I take the project beyond the classroom?

*How can I make sure it has real world links?

*How will I get my learners to apply critical thinking?

*What technology should I consider?

*How can I make it really different to the norm?