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#InnovatorsMindset Blog Hop!

Welcome to our first event/activity to help share our thinking in the #innovatorsmindset #ossemooc book study.

Our first blog hop prompt is:

What Does Innovation Mean to You?

Share your thoughts on your own blog.  Fill out the form below (under the chart – scroll down!) with the link to your blog.

Use the links to read what educators think about innovation (please remember to scroll through the full list).

WE WANT MORE!

Continue to contribute your writing on this topic whenever you can.

We will host the live list on the #innovatorsmindset book club page for reference at any time.

Don’t have a blog? Get started here or sign up for our Beginner Blogging course starting next week.  Blogging is the perfect way to participate in the book club.  Own your own work!

You can also use the comments on this blog to share your thinking about innovation.

We can’t wait to read your reflections on this topic.  Let’s learn together!

Please fill out the form with the link to your blog here.

(There is a slight delay (~5 minutes) between filling out the form and the appearance of your blog on this list.  If it does not appear, please contact ossemooc at gmail dot com for support.)

*Featured image shared by Tina Zita.

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It’s February! Time for #InnovatorsMindset Book Club

Join over 100 educators in the book club and get on our mailing list here: https://ossemooc.wordpress.com/innovatorsmindset-book-club/

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We look forward to learning with you!

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Learn With Us! Your Invitation to #INNOVATORSMINDSET #OSSEMOOC Book Club

We’ve come to a cross-roads in education: continue with the status quo or innovate. Where do we go next to best support each of our learners? How can we innovate our practice across the province? At its core, what is innovation in education?

 

Using George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset book as a provocation, educators from across Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles, will engage in book club conversations about innovation in their personal and collective practice.  

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Further details on the Flipagram here: https://flipagram.com/f/i5w9jLfmdQ (or click on the image above)

 

We are a group of Ontario leaders who are interested in delving deeply into the ways in which we can move innovative change forward in the service of our students. We will begin with some of the discussion questions in the book, and our own wonderings and let the conversations go where they may.  We invite everyone who participates to share their questions, their ideas, and their stories.  We have provided a sample overview of what each segment might look like, but we the conversations are intended to be participant driven.

We invite you to join in the conversation!

 

Innovation in Education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it looks like in practice.’

Tuesday February 9th

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

In this segment we will discuss the concept and characteristics of innovation presented in chapters 1-3 of the book. We will also discuss the ways in which we see ourselves, our schools and our Districts exemplifying these characteristics, the innovative practices happening in our Districts, the conditions that have made this possible, and some of the obstacles that get in the way.  Participants are invited to share their ideas and their own stories

 

Laying the Groundwork: ‘Empowering a culture of learning and innovation’

Tuesday February 23rd

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

This segment will focus on chapters 4-7 and will explore a few of these questions:

What are the conditions that are required for schools and Districts to move forward?  How can issues such as equity, privacy, & safety be met without stifling a culture of change? What does an innovative leader look like?  How can we empower students and staff to take risks?  How do we move from vision to reality?

 

Unleashing Talent: A Collaborative Journey

Tuesday March 8th

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

Based on chapters 8-12, we hope to explore how leaders might practice balancing trust and autonomy with strong mentorship. We will also consider the role of technology in our schools.  What is personalized learning and how can technology help with personalization?  What might leaders be looking for when they look for innovation in a classroom?

 

Concluding Thoughts: ‘Relentless Restlessness’

Tuesday March 22th

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

Chapters 13 and 14 are named Concluding Thoughts.  In our last book club discussion, we will consider what successful implementation of innovation looks like and how we might measure that success.  We will explore one thing we’d like to change immediately and what actionable steps can be taken to make that change a reality.  We will share our stories and next steps and we invite you to share yours!

 

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Kicking off 2016 With ‘OSSEM” Learning for Education Leaders

Happy 2016!

Let’s make 2016 the year you self-direct your professional learning.

TAKE CHARGE!

Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license
Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license

OSSEMOOC (Awesome – MOOC) is a hub for free, open learning opportunities, with a focus on the needs of Ontario Education Leaders.  We invite educators to use this site to promote and organize learning events.

We respond to requests from education leaders for the kind of learning they need.

The line up for 2016 (so far):

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Get your copy of The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, and join Ontario educators as we discuss and learn together throughout February 2016.  Follow this blog or join OSSEMOOC to be sure you get the email updates.

2. Join Principal Kim Figliomeni as we continue through “30 Days to Become a Connected Educator” (in 10 minutes per day).

3. Mini-MOOC Courses – You asked for them, and we have them!  Sign up here for Twitter and Blogging courses beginning in 2016.

4.  #OneWordONT – We did it in 2015 and we are back for 2016!  Tweet and share your one word using the #OneWordONT hashtag and let’s see where it takes us this year.

 

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May 6, 2015: What Are Other Educators Thinking?

Let’s learn to find and follow the blogs other educators are writing.

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Resources:

Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 2 (here)

Events: 

7 p.m. EDT: #onedchat Achieving Excellence!  Follow the hashtag on Twitter, and participate if you already have an account.

Challenge:  

Find two blogs that are interesting to you.  Use suggestions you find in the Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 2 Resource, or choose blogs from the margins of this page, or from the Ontario Educators site.

Follow the blogs by email.  Next week, we will ask what you have learned from these blogs so far, so get ready to share!

Later this week we will ask other educators to share their favourite blogs with our newly connected leaders.

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 29 – Digital Leadership

Congratulations! You have now spent 28 days learning how to be a connected leader.

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Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share-Alike License by Guilia Forsythe

Throughout this series we have emphasized the critical importance of Digital Leadership.  Today we want to share some further thinking around this topic.  In particular, consider the changing conversations around the concept of Digital Citizenship.

Here are a few opportunities to expand your thinking about the importance of being a networked lead learner.

In 2008,  Ira Socol shared his thinking about why so few educators were connected leaders.  Take a few minutes to read this excerpt, or click on the image to read the full essay.

 

From "Toolbelt Theory for Everyone" by Ira David Socol, 2008 (click on the image for the link to the blog)
From “Toolbelt Theory for Everyone” by Ira David Socol, 2008 (click on the image for the link to the blog)

 

Today, we often hear that it isn’t about the tools, it’s about the pedagogy.  What does your experience tell you about this?  Should we be teaching tool use explicitly in schools?  How does this posting challenge your thinking about your leadership?

As leaders in education, we often think about the safety of children in online spaces.  How do we best teach digital citizenship in our schools?  Current thinking about this topic is shifting, as evidenced by the following conversation with Tanya Avrith.

(Tanya’s script from her ISTE Ignite session can be found here: http://www.edtechschools.com/rebrand-digital-citizenship-get-ignited/)

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Every one of your students will be Googled before they get their first job.  How are you helping them to create the digital presence that will help them achieve success? (@jcasap)

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Eric Sheninger has written extensively on the importance of Digital Leadership, and how it is the most important factor in creating schools that work for kids.

Dean Shareski shares his thoughts here on how technology can be a catalyst for changing educator mindsets.

What do you think?  Take some time to reflect on your learning over the past month.  How does the concept of “digital leadership” fit with your current professional practice?

What further resources do you have to help others with their learning on this topic?

 

Further Resources:

How to Become a Digital Leader: Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) on ASCD

7 Pillars of Digital Leadership: Eric Sheniger on TeachThought

Leadership Resources: Stacey Wallwin (@wallwins)

Why do [Our Students] Need Connected Leaders?

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 26 – Your Blog as Your Portfolio

Update August 18, 2015:

The Principal Associations in Ontario hosted a second Symposium for Ontario School Leaders on Technology Enabled Learning and Leading.  Dr. Alec Couros was invited to keynote and share learning on blogging as a portfolio.  His shared resources are available here.

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This week, the Principal Associations in Ontario (OPC/CPCO/ADFO) are hosting a symposium for Ontario School Leaders on Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning.  The learning is being shared using the hashtag #ontedleaders .

George Couros has been leading some of the learning by meeting with principals virtually, and by examining the Ontario Leadership Framework.

As well, George has been sharing his ideas around open/visible learning and leadership, and sharing our professional portfolios online as our blogs.

 

Now that you have started to create your own space for sharing learning, consider that your blog can also be your personal portfolio.

How can you set it up?

If you remember in our first blog video, the difference between “posts” and “pages” was discussed.  “Posts” are your regular contributions to your blog – your writing.

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We add new posts by using the “Add New” option on the left side of the dashboard.

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Pages are listed on your blog and they contain information that normally you don’t change as frequently as your posts.

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We add new pages by hovering over “Pages” and choosing “Add New”.

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We name our page “Ontario Leadership Framework”.

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Once published, we can see the page on the public side of our blog.

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It is helpful to use subheadings for the different strands of the framework.  It is simple to set up these pages.

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Once again, we can add a new page.  This time we call it “Setting Directions”.  In the right margin, under parent, we choose our previous page “Ontario Leadership Framework”.  This ensures our new page appears under the main heading.

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Once published, we see “Setting Directions” under the Ontario Leadership Framework Page.

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We can repeat the process for “Building Relationships and Developing People”, and the other strands of the Leadership Framework.

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Clicking the “Setting Directions” heading shows us the page.  As we work on our blog, posts that fit this strand can be added to this page.

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A blog portfolio in progress might look like this:

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Posts are added to the portfolio pages as they are written:

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This is the basic Professional Portfolio set up.  How can you personalize your blog and make this your own?

Please feel free to ask questions and share ideas in the comments.

If you have the opportunity to attend the #ontedLeaders Institute, please remember to share your learning with your colleagues who were not able to be at the event in person.

Resources

Dr. Alec Couros – Presentation Resources – Blogging as a Portfolio