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Innovation+Social Media in the classroom= NOW!

How do you create a culture of innovation in our schools? I thought about this, and after watching Daniel Pink's TED talk, I decided to start a class that is starting a movement.
In short, I want to talk about (hopefully with my students as panalists) how you can get innovative by using project based learning, harnessing social media for collaboration and also communication on his/her results, all while still hitting the Common Core. We have a deliberate process which we call backward design, and are starting to collaborate with some truly A-list people. This year we have worked with Daniel Pink, several CEOs, tech start-ups in Seattle, as well as other countries like China, Africa, and Australia.
I teach in a public school, so I want to show educators how you can find freedom, and get innovative, and still make the admin happy by covering the Common Core in creative ways.
I have been presenting our class at conferences all over the US, and now Europe. I would LOVE to be at SXSW!

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Learning Objectives

  1. Why should every student use social media in the classroom? I (and my students) will discuss the advantages of using Twitter in finding collaborators/ instructors all over the world. Just because I am the teacher doesn't mean that I'm the expert. I use SM for my students to collaborate with EXPERTS all over the world.
  2. How can we be "innovative" in the the current system/ CCSS mandate? Answer: by working around it! We get creative in our Innovations class, and "backward design" the CCSS.
  3. How could I implement a "20% Time" or "Genius Hour" into my class/ or school? We will give several PRACTICAL tips on how to implement innovation into the classroom. This will not be a panal of rhetoric, but of useful tips.

Speakers

Organizer

Don Wettrick, Teacher, Franklin Community Schools


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