In the last couple of weeks we have been looking at “wicked problems” and how we propose to “fix” them. Our group (Alan and David) has specifically focused on how we can make innovation part of the learning ethic. “Innovation springs from the freedom to connect ideas in new ways”. (New Media Consortium, 2013, p2) One of the hardest things for teachers to do is give students freedom within their learning. Educators have so much required content to cover that we feel restricted to stick with mandatory material. Our group is proposing that educators implement a “Genius Hour” or in what we are calling “Tinker Time”. This allows students to engage themselves in a learning topic of their choice. According to Gee (2013), “Humans think and act well only when they care about what they are doing” (p.13). Allowing students to choose the topic they would like to explore and build on will essentially motivate them to learn here and in other required topics.
We have created a Blendspace and compiled the thoughts and discussions that we have had so far. We will continue to use our “Minds”, which is what Gee (2013) considers to be the plugging of more than one mind with the right tools together, and will further develop our proposal to solve making innovation part of a learning ethic.
New Media Consortium (2013). The Horizon Project. Retrieved from http://www.nmc.org/horizon-project
Gee, J. (2013). The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.