I am looking forward to attending my second DEECD Innovation Showcase later this week. Last year, I attended by chance, having seen an email on a mailing list. Coincidentally, I was just beginning an on-line course that was to introduce me to many Web 2.0 tools. I was experiencing a steep learning curve and the Showcase was a great opportunity to see and hear from teachers who were putting great ideas into practice.
One presentation I attended was Louise Duncan demonstrating her use of iPod’s. Louise has done a lot of research and practice and I wrote afterwards, reflecting on Louise Duncan’s “Conditions for Innovation” )unfortunately, I can’t find the original article as it has moved, however this is the summary I made at the time)
Conditions for Innovation – Louise Duncan
- Believe in yourself and your pupils.
- Be prepared to take risks.
- Have a go and share as much as you can.
- Always be prepared to learn and listen to others.
- Take people with you.
- Surround yourself with the “right” people.
- Be passionate.
- Tune into others’ fear of change.
- Focus on the learner – student or teacher – and their “hooks”.
- Make the activities relevant to their needs.
- Create momentum.
I still really like this list – it works on so many levels – as a teacher working with other teachers, as a teacher working with students and as a teacher wanting to expand my own personal knowledge. I am hoping I will have many more take-aways from this years event.