Chart a course to innovation using educational technology.
Let’s go on an edventure! Do you want to innovate and take risks in your teaching? Looking for ways to troubleshoot common classroom challenges? Jennie Magiera charts a course for you to discover your own version of innovation, using the limitless possibilities of educational technology. Packed with lesson plans, examples, and solutions, Courageous Edventures will show you:
- How to create your own Teacher-IEP (Innovation Exploration Plan)
- Strategies and solutions for tackling common educational technology problems
- Methods for putting learning into the hands of students
- How to find innovation in everyday places
About the Author
Jennie Magiera always knew she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Throughout all of her roles starting as a Chicago Public Schools teacher to currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, she always made teaching and supporting students her priority. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. She is also passionate about transforming professional learning, which she’s personally championed through her work on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s 2016 National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Jennie has earned degrees from Phillips Exeter Academy, Columbia University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can find Jennie on Twitter at @Ms Magiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorPrefacePART I. CHARTING YOUR COURSE1. Come on in, the Future’s Fine Me and the Three Little Pigs From Houses to Ships What Is Innovation? Two Compass Options: The SAMR and TIM Frameworks Deciding When to Use SAMR and When to Use TIM Setting a Course for Innovation2. Problem-Based Learning: It’s Not Just for Kids Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan: An Individualized Education Program for Teachers Identifying the Problem of Practice Defining the Problem of Practice Stepping Up to a Solution Critical Friends3. Getting Your Students Ready Learning to SAIL: Student Innovation Teams Don’t Touch Go Slow Be Kind Staying Safe on the Open Sea: Digital Citizenship What Is Digital Citizenship? Respect for Ourselves Respect for Others4. Getting Your Materials Ready Let the Students Lead the Way Build a Management System Rewrite Your Supply List Tech Is Not a Treat Less Is More5. Falling in Love With Failure Calling Forth Your Courage Failing Forward Student Failure Teacher Failure System FailurePART II. NAVIGATING YOUR PROBLEMS6. Digging Into Differentiation Problem: So Many Ability Groups, So Little Time Suggestion: Clone the Teacher Problem: Keeping Students Engaged During Small-Group Time Suggestion 1: Choose Your Own Adventure Time Suggestion 2: Self-Differentiating Challenges Suggestion 3: Critical Friends Problem: Finding Developmentally Appropriate Differentiated Content Suggestion 1: Create Your Own Content Suggestion 2: Digital Resources Problem: How Do I Disseminate Materials to Students and Collect Their Work? (aka Digital Workflow) Suggestion 1: Learning Management System Suggestion 2: Google Classroom Suggestion 3: Class Websites, QR Codes, and Google Forms7. Rethinking Assessment Problem: I Hate Grading! Suggestion 1: Digital Student Response Software Suggestion 2: Learning Management Systems Assessments Suggestion 3: Online Forms Problem: I Need to Differentiate Assessments Based on Individualized Education Program Accommodations and/or Modifications Suggestion: Screencast Assessments Problem: My Students Have a Hard Time Self-Assessing Suggestion 1: Metacognitive Screencasting Suggestion 2: Digital Portfolios The Draw of Google Drawings Problem: Teaching Students How to Give Peer Feedback Suggestion 1: Google Drive Suggestion 2: Google Drive and Google Forms Suggestion 3: Blogging and Quadblogging Accountability Without Assessment: Gamification and Achievement Badges8. Creating a Positive Classroom Environment Problem: Creating a Culture of Respect and Collaboration Suggestion 1: Mood Check-Ins Suggestion 2: Class Dojo for Encouraging Positive Action Suggestion 3: Using Music to Set the Mood Problem: Supporting Struggling Students Suggestion 1: Blogging Suggestion 2: Positivity Timelines Problem: Communicating With Families Suggestion 1: Class Dojo for Communication Suggestion 2: Google Forms Suggestion 3: Digital Newsletters/Class Blog9. Planning for Powerful Learning Problem: Finding Curricular Resources Suggestion 1: Pinterest and Edu Clipper Suggestion 2: Twitter and Google+ Suggestion 3: Blogs! Problem: Scheduling Time for Collaborative Team Planning Suggestion 1: Google Calendar Suggestion 2: Doodle.com Suggestion 3: Google Hangouts Problem: Vertical AlignmentWhat’s the Rest of the School Teaching? Suggestion 1: Google Drive Suggestion 2: Shared CalendarsPART III. SAILING INTO THE GREAT BEYOND10. Power to the Pupil Cultivate Curiosity: How Do I Build Curiosity? Sorting Your Questions: Questdones and Questruns Outwit Obstacles: How Do I Teach Perseverance? Purposeful Playtime: How Do I Find the Time for Purposeful Play? Reimagined Centers 20% Time Open Scheduling Bringing the Purpose to the Playtime: Entering Creation Station Reflect, Reflect, Reflect11. Discovering the Power of Voice Amplifying Our Students Step 1: Finding Their Inner VoiceBlogs Versus Diaries Step 2: Sharing Their Voice With OthersBuilding Classroom Discussions and Backchanneling Step 3: Teacher-Moderated SharingDipping a Toe Into Social Media Step 4: Opening the Garden WallsDiving Into Social Media12. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Revisiting Problem-Based Learning Digging in to Problem-Based Learning Step 1: Finding the Problem-Based Essential Question Step 2: Developing the Challenge Step 3: Rising to the Challenge Step 4: Showcasing the Learning The Role of the Teacher Problem-Based Learning SpotlightKid TREK: A Safe Journey App for Students The Student Becomes the MasterPART IV. REFLECTING ON YOUR EDVENTURE13. Evaluating Your Practice Looping in Your Critical Friend Revisiting the SAMR and TIM Frameworks Leveling Up With the SAMR Model Approaching the Three Dimensions of the TIM Sharing Your Adventure Taking It a Step Further: Presenting Your Story14. Staying Inspired and Finding Support Creating a Professional Learning Network That Works Professional Learning Communities and Professional Learning Networks Cultivating Constructive Conflict A Shared Space Teacher-Led Learning Events Ed Camps PLAYDATEs Formal Learning Events Step 1: Go With a Goal in Mind Step 2: Keep a Three-Dance Card Step 3: Recruit Allies and Use Collaborative Tools Step 4: Schedule Time With Yourself to Debrief Individually Step 5: Pay It Forward15. Planning Your Next Edventure Be Your Own Hero Don’t Get Comfortable Channel Your Inner Student Share Your Crazy PillsAppendix A- Challenge Card TemplateAppendix B- Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan (TIEP)Index