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September 17, 2020 Thursday 10:22:29 AM IST

Innovation = Ideas + Implementation

Leadership Instincts

Innovation in education involves procedures to make essential, impactful, and accurate modifications to the process of learning. Indeed, it is not just huge investments and technology.It can take place at any level and range. The essence of innovation is to improve educational outcomes.

In the world of education, innovation comes in many forms.
Innovation = ideas + implementation

Technology can be a part of that process but it is not necessary. Some educational innovation examples that have nothing to do with technology and massive investments are cited below:

    Flipped classroom approach ( a learning model where students go through their study materials and reading at home and do their assignments and questionaries in the classroom),

     Interventions in SEL (Social - Emotional Learning)

     Logical, proof-based, off-the-shelf curriculum

     Teaching Schedule modifications to promote deep learning

     Introducing individual learner based proficiency criteria rather than through demographic groups

     Institution’s yearly budget usage
     Pedagogical inventions

     Professional Development of teachers and support staff

Making different learning models for primary, secondary and high school learners. For example, Primary school learning approach can be based on literacy, creativity and play. Secondary school learning method can be more on self-discovery, accountability and character-formation. High School learning model can be based on citizenship and community outreach.

     Organisation and Management of Educational systems

     Extra teaching resources to cater to diverse learning needs

     Introducing Vocational training approaches and apprenticeships in high school curriculum.

     The whole educational professionals working together through challenges and successes irrespective of the curricula.

The list goes on and on.None of these ideas focuses only on technology or big financial investments. So technology is just an element in innovation like how a pen is to write a book.  The pen, in this case, is a tool we use, but it has very little to do with the ideas, nor it is the only option in the process.

Innovation in education is all about doing ‘new and better’ things, and technology can make things worse if we are not thoughtful in the way it is used. The whole concept is always about producing better educational outcomes.

Considering innovation as a key to education progress, educational experts have recently developed a framework, called the leapfrog pathway. It has two core elements. First, the teaching and learning experience must be converted to be increasingly student-centred. Second, the method of recognizing student learning- whether that is through national exams or classroom grades- must be more individualized.

To support these changes to the teaching and learning experience, policymakers will need to use technology. They will also need to broaden the people and places where learning takes place, so that often over-burdened classroom teachers can get adequate support from other members of the field, peers, or technology. This requires investments and time.

The most beneficial innovations in education are those that have the power to quickly expedite progress and help to give all children the full set of abilities and competencies they need to grow today and in the future.

We have been waiting for a century to break through the conventional classroom setting that was first invented during the industrial revolution. It is time for us to accelerate educational innovations to teach learners to be victorious in a multifaceted and interconnected world that faces brisk technological, sociological, commercial and demographic change.

Mridula Praveen

Director, Craft World School, Kochi Read more articles..