Innovative Education

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

Checking in with Stowe & PAML's peer PLP collaboration - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

When last we left the students of these two plucky Vermont middle schools, they had managed to connect students and educators via Google Hangout. …

J-Term at Hazen Union - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Personalized, proficiency-based PBL or bust<p>During a faculty meeting in late December of 2016, educators and staff talked about the need to provide …

Use a student leadership team for feedback on PLPs - Innovation: Education

Guiding Crossett Brook PLPs with student voice<p>The Crossett Brook PLP student leadership group presented their recommendations on PLPs to the teaching …

Sharing STEAM projects with families - Innovation: Education

Proctor’s STEAM Family Night<p>The sleepy little town of Proctor VT, is making some big waves when it comes to showcasing their students’ STEAM …

KQED

Nestled among rows of wine grapes, Stone Bridge School is a K-8 independent charter school in Napa County. On a recent afternoon, 28 first-graders …

Education

How to win the VT Tech Bridge Building competition - Innovation: Education

It takes a combination of flexible pathways and student passion.<p>Peoples Academy Middle Level 6th graders Noble Beerworth, Josephine Simone, Anna …

4 examples of students as partners in school change - Innovation: Education

Let students help you transform your school<p>Creating sustainable systemic change is hard work. Yet there are readily available, free, renewable …

Using audiobooks for Universal Design for Learning - Innovation: Education

Expanding student access to reading<p>As a school librarian, I needed to think how I could adopt Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in my own teaching …

Machinima: using video games for storytelling - Innovation: Education

Be an X-Box Hero (with stars in your eyes)*<p>Meet machinima. The word’s a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”. It’s a unique form of storytelling …

Flexible pathways in proficiency-based learning - Innovation: Education

Choose Your Own Adventure<p><b>Sam Nelson:</b> Choose your own adventure. Probably a pretty familiar sounding theme, right? I’m talking about how I’ve been …

GOOGLE FORMS IN THE CLASSROOM: CREATE AN INTERACTIVE STORY

You may have been using Google Forms in the classroom to collect data, for surveys and even to grade, but did you know you can use Google Forms to …

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 …

What we can learn from brand new educators - Innovation: Education

What advice would your 7th grade self give you about teaching?<p>Remember when you were first starting out as an educator? The ink on your certification …

Take Project-Based Learning to the next level - Innovation: Education

3 ways to plan for PBL 2.0<p>You’ve dipped your toe into project based learning. You’ve planned an entry event, shared a high quality driving question, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

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 …

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 …

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 …