Little & Often Innovation

As was mentioned in my previous post, I recently made a presentation at the SSAT’s Future Schools conference on Embedding Learning Technology.
My chosen focus was on the reasons why I think that small-scale, teacher-led, bottom-up innovation is ultimately more effective and viable than large-scale, centrally led, top-down innovation.
After a bit of politics / strategy / theory I started talking about some of the examples from my school;
  • Asus eeePCs – starting with 1 at a cost of £200 we’ve ended up with 3 class sets for Science at the cost of 1 ICT suite, with no need to sacrifice a room.
  • PDAs – at £50 a throw, they may be a brilliant way of getting students reading, especially once they know how to turn a blog or webpage into an ebook in seconds at feedbooks.
  • VLE – while I don’t like the way VLEs have been forced out to schools because a central policy, the VLEs that have started from a teaching and learning requirement and been pushed on by staff have been much more successful.
  • Wouldn’t It Be Great – a project from Summer 2009 in which students planned using Etherpad and presented using Animoto, Glogster, Mahara, Prezi or a local video editor such as iLife or Windows Movie Maker.
  • Homework – 3 ideas for setting homework tasks using computers; Wallwisher, Voicethread and Google Docs.

If you want to see practical examples of the above tools, there are loads of links at my Delicious account.

View more presentations from mw.clarkson.

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