Innovative Education

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

8 year-end reflection tools and activities - Innovation: Education

Reflect, celebrate and plan<p>Oh, the spring. Such a busy time for teachers.<p>There are all those transition meetings, already getting ready for the next …

Education

What are the benefits of taking Genius Hour school-wide? - Innovation: Education

It’s a movement, not a moment<p>Every teacher should consider making time for Genius Hour (sometimes called 20% time or Passion Projects). We know that …

Education

The student-centered art classroom - Innovation: Education

Structures to support student artists<p>Art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. To teach children that …

Student-led conferences and engagement in PLPs - Innovation: Education

A middle school case study<p>Katie Bryant, an English teacher at Lamoille Union Middle School, presents the results of her semester-long action research …

Education

Scheduling and student choice - Innovation: Education

Meet “iLearn”<p>The middle school team at Rutland Town School in Rutland, VT have been working on a more fully integrated implementation of personal …

Education

4 ideas for using a makerspace to support PBL - Innovation: Education

How do project-based learning and makerspaces fit together?<p>Making and PBL may look like two completely different educational movements, but in …

Teaching

Restorative Justice at Randolph Union - Innovation: Education

A student-centered approach to school discipline<p><i>Editor’s note: The students in Randolph Union’s PBL class have created a restorative justice system</i> …

Education

Combating Fake News And Teaching Digital Literacy

If the most recent U.S. Election has taught us anything it's that we live in an era of fake news and sites. With accusations flying of manipulation …

Fake News

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman …

Education

KQED

Great ideas and extraordinary teaching happen in public school classrooms all over the country, but these pockets of innovation often don’t get the …

Teaching

Happy Together: Looking and Listening | Listen In

Hot cocoa and whipped cream. Cookies and milk. Peanut butter and jelly. Some things in life are better when perfectly paired—including books. Stories …

School Libraries

KQED

When Jordan enters her Broadcast Media class at Kenilworth Junior High school, she doesn’t wait for directions from her teacher. She checks the job …

How do adverse childhood events affect student performance? - Innovation: Education

Cognitive outcomes vs intersectional traumas<p>We talk with legendary awesome stats guy Mark Olofson — now <i>Dr.</i> Legendary Awesome Stats Guy Mark Olofson — …

4 ways of finding copyright-friendly media - Innovation: Education

The art of the responsible remix<p>With the incredible popularity and ease of digital mediamaking comes great responsibility. As students unlock the …

Building a differentiation toolkit in a tech-rich social studies classroom

Building a differentiation & personalization toolkit<p>I was privileged recently to work with a number of pre-service teachers here at the University of …

4 ways to use Virtual Reality in project-based learning - Innovation: Education

VR’s real world impact on students<p>Virtual reality is exciting and many of our students are already using this technology in gaming (as some were …

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 …

Interactive Fiction

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Journalism

iLead: a model for service learning and leadership - Innovation: Education

Personalization for school-based service learning<p>Looking for a way to harness students’ energy while giving them meaningful work that appeals to …

Teaching

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 …

TED Talks