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#innovatorsmindset Blog Hop #4: All the Live Action is Right Here

It’s blog hop day in the #innovatorsmindset book study!

Have you done some writing on this topic?  Please add it to the form below. It’s March Break, so we are taking some time with this one.

Here are the blogs that have been submitted so far. Please enjoy reading and commenting!

We encourage you to keep writing, keep thinking, keep adding to the list.  Let’s really make a big contribution to the knowledge base on this idea.  This is a BIG one to tackle and an important one to consider.

We can all learn more about how we can measure the impact of changing practice in ensuring all our learners will thrive in this changing world.  We look forward to your contributions to our collective understanding of how we can do this well.


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Image created by Tina Zita


You don’t have a blog? We are happy to post your work for you here on #OSSEMOOC, or just add to the comments below, or post a quick tweet under #innovatorsmindset #ossemooc hashtags, or post to the Voxer Group for the Book Club.

#InnovatorsMindset Book Club Goes Live!

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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. EST

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.

Details and links will be posted here.  Register to have details sent by email or DM on Twitter.

Don’t forget to check out the Innovation Blogs.  Add yours to the list, take time to comment on the work of others, or share your thinking on Twitter #InnovatorsMindset #OSSEMOOC, or comment here.

#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).


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.

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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ICE Presentation Resources

We extend a sincere thank you to David Sornberger for his presentation on Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

The podcast of David’s session is now available for download [here].

Related Reading:

Ministry SHSM Background Document

I.C.E. in high gear

real world problem solving exercise

Students Put Ideas on I.C.E.


Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship: David Sornberger Leads a Discussion on ICE in SHSM

Join us [here]  to discuss ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) in the Specialist High Skills Major program in Ontario.  David Sornberger,  District Principal of School Improvement with Trillium Lakelands District School Board,  shares the work his board is doing with this program.  We encourage you to join in, learn, and share in this conversation.

This discussion is also available on live internet radio and through podcast after the event.  We post recordings on this site as well.

We look forward to this conversation Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Sharing Innovative Practices

Over the next few weeks, our focus will be on Creativity and Innovation. The “open mic” professional learning discussion this evening (March 10th) will provide opportunity for you to hear from a number of Ontario education leaders in terms of observations and reflections on this topic.

Don’t miss out. Click [here] any time after 7:30 p.m. EDT to join the meeting room.  The session will run 8:00 – 9:00.

Future Sessions in this Series

March 17 – What’s happening at uLead? We share with you live from the uLead event in Banff, Alberta. What is the current thinking in international leadership?

March 24 – Stephen Hurley shares about imagination and creativity.

March 31 – Brenda Sherry shares learning with us around the ISTE standards.

April 7 – David Sornberger presents on the innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship (ICE) program for SHSM in TLDSB.

April 21 – Alison Bullock and Andrew Bieronski share their experiences with a cross panel collaborative project.

April 28 – We welcome guest Ron Canuel from CEA (Canadian Education Association) as we discuss the importance of ‘courage’ in education leadership.


What Innovative Practices Have You Observed?

March is Innovation and Creativity month in the OSSEMOOC community.

Last Tuesday evening, we took time to explore the ICE protocol being introduced to SHSM students in Ontario (in partnership with the Rotman School of Management).

ICE is Innovation – Creativity – Entrpreneurship.

How well do we introduce these concepts to students in Ontario?

What are the differences between Innovation and Creativity?

What are the important aspects to share with students?

These are some of the areas we explored.

On Tuesday, March 10, we will have a number of education leaders sharing their observations around innovative practices in classrooms.  This is not earth-shaking innovation, but simple, doable, innovative thinking around improving the conditions for learning for students in Ontario.

Be sure to drop in and share your stories and to hear how Ontario is moving forward with innovative thinking.

A link to the meeting (Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST) will be posted here.

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 21 – Introduction to Google Forms

By now  you have created your own Google Drive, and you have learned to create and share files of different kinds (documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides).  Google Drive allows you to collaborate on so many levels – with colleagues, students, parents and complete strangers.

Google Forms allows you to quickly gather data and store it neatly in a spreadsheet where you can organize it and sort it according to your needs.

There are two parts to this post.

First, we want to share with you the best resources we can find on how to use Google Forms (instructions).

Then, we will take you to some resources that help you think about how you might utilize Google Forms in your practice.

To begin with, go to your Google Drive.  Because Google frequently updates its interface, it is sometimes challenging to find instructional material that matches the current interface you are working on.

First, let’s look at how to switch between two styles of Google Drive.  If you click on the Create button, and it looks like this, you are in the traditional, older format of Google Drive, with Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations.


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You can switch between this and the new format here.

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The “new Drive” uses “Docs, Sheets and Slides” , and Forms are accessed in a slightly different way.

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You can return to the traditional interface here.

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As you use the supports available online, you may need to switch between formats to follow the instructions, depending on which format the instructions were created in.

Here are some resources to help you get started with Google Forms.

Google Doc Editor Help Centre

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Choose Forms.

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Choose Create, Edit, Format.

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Then Create a Survey Using Google Forms.

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This series of links will walk you through the very simple and intuitive process of creating a Google Form.  If you have any difficulty, please ask for help in the comments to this post.

Why would you use Google Forms in your practice?

This example of how Google Forms can be used to enhance the teacher-student relationship was shared by George Couros.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has featured a comprehensive guide to using Google Forms in education.


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This site contains a number of different ways to use Google Forms in education settings.  Some are clearly geared to the American system, but they will spark some ideas for integrating Google Forms into your personal professional practice.

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Please be sure to share back with us (in the comments) how you are using Google Forms!


Ten Ways I Use Google Forms in my Tablet Classroom

Collecting Data Using Google Forms – this resource uses an older Google Forms interface, but it is included here for the use of the tool (not the instructional piece).

OSSEMOOC Google Forms Session Resources

OSSEMOOC Google Forms Tuesday Night Session


“T-Shaped” People

This post by  David Culberhouse  (Educator, Senior Director Elementary Ed, Previous Principal CA Distinguished School, Co-Moderator West Coast #satchat) is the fourth in a series called  “The Creative Leader”.

Here he explores the notion of ‘T-shaped’ people. His message is clear: leaders need to understand what creativity and innovation look like, and they need to intentionally build a staff with people who have depth of knowledge in one area and who can also branch out and work creatively and collaboratively in another.

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Shared by: David Theriault, English Teacher in southern California (@davidtedu)

The work of leadership is not just to ensure that educators have deep knowledge of their disciplines, but that they have the flexibility to move laterally across the building, across disciplines, across grades to be innovative and creative.

I love this post because I do think that we need to figure out how to become more interdisciplinary in high schools. We need to not just have ‘open doors’, but flattened walls. We need people who can think and create and innovate and initiate from their deep curricular and disciplinary knowledge and who can also take that thinking, creating, innovating beyond their curriculum and discipline to uncharted waters.

Bring on the Ts!!

Shared by: Julie Balen, High School English Teacher, Wikwemikong Board of Education (@jacbalen)

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