Innovative Education

By Innovative Ed | Readings on the edge of technology innovation in schools. Curated by the Tarrant Institute.

Interactive Fiction in the Classroom

Essentially text-based, interactive fiction is a genre of games with roots that predate the internet. The player/reader makes choices that determine …

Education Technology

Looking at ways students can create VR content - Innovation: Education

Help students become creators of this engaging new technology<p>With the astronomical rise in popularity of virtual reality in education, it’s important …

Virtual Reality

Ep #27: How to blend project-based learning with STEAM

The great Brian Eno-powered STEAM PBL Unit - Innovation: Education

Wondering how to blend project-based learning with STEAM?<p>Yes, STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Earlier this year we profiled …

Student-centered filmmaking at Compass - Innovation: Education

Lessons learned from a film festival<p>Every year, I watch in awe as students take ownership of their films and are challenged to exercise new skills …

Filmmaking

4 more ways to help middle schoolers get organized - Innovation: Education

Helping students get organized<p>Middle schoolers’ lives are multi-faceted, dynamic and dramatic. And while we talk about how to grow self-directed, …

4 ways to help middle school students organize their tech - Innovation: Education

“Where did I put that cord? My computer is dead!”<p>How many times have you heard this in your classroom? So much of middle school is developing systems …

Education Technology

Peer collaboration on PLPs - Innovation: Education

Peers partner on portfolios<p>Students at two Vermont schools have begun working together as “Portfolio Partners” to curate evidence, reflect on their …

Action research into sustained silent reading - Innovation: Education

Inviting students to flex their reading pathways<p>English teacher Laela Warnecke set out to answer one question: “How might sustained silent reading …

Education

How to fight fake news in the field - Innovation: Education

A case study from one classroom<p>But what does it really look like We sat down for a Q & A with Christie Nold, sixth grade educator and fighter of fake …

Education

4 resources for fighting fake news - Innovation: Education

Teaching news literacy in the social media age<p>We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the problem of fake news stories and how they might impact our …

A model for service learning and leadership - Innovation: Education

Try “iLead”<p>Looking for a way to harness students’ energy while giving them meaningful work that appeals to their personal interests? One model for …

Student TED Talks, sound sculptures and a funk band - Innovation: Education

Student exhibitions of project-based learning<p>At this point we all know how important it is for students to share project-based learning with an …

Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education

A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of …

Virtual Reality

Beyond an audience of one - Innovation: Education

Why digital composition matters<p>I’d like you to think back to your days as a student. What kinds of writing did you do? Who read it? What made it …

Can virtual reality teach empathy? - Innovation: Education

Google Expedition aims to connect students with refugee experience<p>Teaching empathy to our future citizens of the world may be the most important work …

Virtual Reality

Project-based learning: Extreme weather PBL unit - Innovation: Education

This is Real World PBL<p>Now we’ve been down the PBL highway, looking at PBL planning, entry events, supports for PBL, culminating events, and …

Tracking proficiencies in Schoology - Innovation: Education

3 ways Schoology supports sustainable Proficiency-Based Learning<p>A learning management system (LMS) can be used to manage classroom workflow, create …

Culminating Events for Project-Based Learning - Innovation: Education

Honor scholars with an authentic audience for their work<p>The culminating event! It’s the lovely finish line of a Project-Based learning unit! The big …

5 Google Chrome apps and extensions for differentiation - Innovation: Education

Support for visual, attention & motor control challenges<p>Remember training Dragon Dictation to recognize your student’s voice? That technology was …

Data shows #vted leads nation in educators on Twitter - Innovation: Education

<b>Mark Olofson:</b> This is Mark Olofson with Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education and we’ve got a couple of other researchers with us today. Guys …

Education

Assessment in Project-Based Learning - Innovation: Education

Signs along the way<p>Assessments can be hard to create and manage, but they are a necessary part of PBL. You can do it!<p>Assessments are often done with …

Pedagogy

Assessment in Proficiency-Based Classrooms - Innovation: Education

3 examples using blended learning<p>Let’s explore how some Vermont teachers are shifting their instruction and assessment practices to move all students …

Learning

Why do action research? - Innovation: Education

5 benefits of doing action research in the classroom<p>Teachers are constantly tinkering, creating, learning, and growing. Action research is a slightly …

Education

8 methods for reflection in project-based learning - Innovation: Education

It’s where the learning is<p>It is easy to not plan time for reflection in project-based learning (PBL) because there is just so much DOING! The …

How to evaluate student-led conferences - Innovation: Education

Feedback, feedback, feedback!<p>As educators, it’s absolutely critical that we reflect on our practices, especially new ones. As schools around the …

Education

Tackling school change as a community - Innovation: Education

Community conversations about education<p>What would you tell your neighbors about your school? What do you think they’d say in return? The Washington …

How can students reflect on their PLPs? - Innovation: Education

Students themselves tell the best stories of their learning<p>We wish we could hand you the one right way for students to reflect on their personal …