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Creativity, Education, Professional Development, Technology

Innovation: The Moving Target

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It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. ~ Robert Goddard

Most evenings, I take a little time to review my Google Reader account.  Tonight, there are 106 updates — most related to educational reform efforts, use of educational technology, and creative methods of engaging students through meaningful learning experiences.  I am always amazed by the analysis, ideas and strategies shared by everyday educators on the front lines of educational reform.  It is a humbling experience–just when I begin to feel like I might know something, a new idea challenges my thinking.

Educational innovation is all around us, but it is a moving target.  Creative envelopes are constantly being expanded.  Thinking outside the box is rapidly becoming the rule, not an exception.  “Keeping up” means a commitment to research, an openness to change and constant collaboration.  Once a semester professional development is not sufficient.  In order to be effective teachers, we must be perpetual learners.

When it comes to innovation, if we are not moving forward, we are falling behind.  Get on the train!

About azjd

Junior high principal by day, aspiring difference maker, and Jedi in my own mind. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.


One thought on “Innovation: The Moving Target

  1. I am curious to hear a teachers thoughts on integrating tablet PC’s and eBoook readers in replacing the bulky text books that currently are in use.
    Also, while technology advances I find it disconcerting that stories keep popping up that kids are no longer being taught how to write in cursive in some school districts. The influx technology should not be at the expense of the base foundation that has been set in place for generations.
    I’m of the mind that teachers could enable technology more so if not under the strict control of the Department of Education. Teaching to pass tests is much different than the teaching to learn.. which I and most adults received in school.
    Happy to hear that someone else is using Google Reader… Although sometimes when I see the updates come through at night I end up scrolling through them and glancing only so that I can make them vanish.

    Posted by codecrackx15 | April 22, 2011, 7:17 am

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Jeff Delp

Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!
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