The End of Average

I was inspired by hearing Todd Rose's TEDx talk so much that I just had to get his book to read more. Over the past few days, I have devoured it and it really had reshaped how I look at the historical context of education, the findings of social sciences that I took for granted … Continue reading The End of Average

How Might We Nurture Pockets of Innovation?

At one time, I perceived the concept of "pockets of innovation" as something problematic. But I changed my mind. Over the March break, I read Scaling Up Excellence. It articulated the idea that pockets of excellence don't have to be a symptom of a lack of widespread change - when nurtured, they are actually a … Continue reading How Might We Nurture Pockets of Innovation?

Making Learning Optional Makes Learning Better (Google Innovation Academy – Part 3)

There's something that Erica Fox, Google's Director of People Development, said to us that keeps coming back to me. When talking about growing Googlers (aka professional development), she said, "At Google, nothing is mandatory." Wait, what?! Training sessions, even their awesome "noogler" on-boarding process - optional. They will nudge and prompt you to go to relevant … Continue reading Making Learning Optional Makes Learning Better (Google Innovation Academy – Part 3)

Informacy is as Important as Literacy and Numeracy (Google Innovation Academy – Part 2)

How do we teach in an innovative world? What is our value as educators? It used to be that educators were the keepers and distributors of knowledge and information - that is no longer the case. How do we reshape our ideas of learning and what is important to learn when the world's information is … Continue reading Informacy is as Important as Literacy and Numeracy (Google Innovation Academy – Part 2)

How Might We Make School the Best Place to Learn? (Google Innovation Academy – Part 1)

I recently returned from Mountain View, California, where I was blessed to spend three mind-blowing days at Google's headquarters participating in the Google for Education Innovation Academy. These days were jam-packed with so many takeaways that I've struggled to put it all into words. There will be more blogging to come on various lessons learned but for today, … Continue reading How Might We Make School the Best Place to Learn? (Google Innovation Academy – Part 1)