Innovators Mindset Panel Discussion Reflections

OSSEMOOC has been running an  online book study this month based on the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros.  Last week’s activity featured an online panel discussion which focused on exploring some of elements of the first chapters more deeply.

The panel discussion recording:

In reviewing the twitter conversation that occurred while the panel discussion was live, I wanted to share a few perspectives that I wanted to reflect on.  Perhaps these tweets will push your thinking, identify a challenge you are willing to try or make a new connection  that will ignite new opportunities for you too.

My Reflection Prompts: 

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Additional Resources

Check the OSSEMOOC Website for more details about the Innovator’s Mindset book club.

#InnovatorsMindset Storify (Chat #1)

The  #InnovatorsMindset Twitter Stream

~Mark
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Innovation: Think Outside of the Triangle

This blog post is in response to the Innovator’s Mindset Blog Hop activity tonight inviting people to post about a personal definition of innovation as a kickoff to the book study.

As I pondered what I might write about tonight, I decided to consider two different angles that come into play in my view.

On the personal front, I believe innovation is connected to curiosity, creativeness and play.  You react to new ideas, readings, questions, prompts, devices etc.  Giving yourself permission to play, explore, take risks and let the mind wander in a boundless way is key. Through the act of play,  new ideas are built and remixed.  Sometimes, there is that unannounced AHA moment – something ‘concrete’ to try perhaps on your own or in your classroom.  Be purposeful about this – the more you engage in play and creativity,  innovative ideas will become more plentiful.

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Personal innovation is one thing, but I believe it really comes alive when you can exist in a culture of innovation — a culture where: people wonder, conversation is encouraged,  new ideas are received without judgement,  open sharing is a norm and one suggestion or question leads to a new interpretation.

Nurture yourself by surrounding yourself with those who will contribute to your innovative energy — in all aspects of your F2F and online endeavours, take risks and think outside of the triangle!

~Mark
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Image via Flickr creative commons license

Check out what other Ontario bloggers are saying about innovation:

 Amit Mehrotra,  Stacey Wallwin,  Jennifer Casa-Todd

Paul McGuire,  Tina Zita,  Donna Miller Fry,  Patrick Miller

Michelle Parrish,  Jason Richea,  Jancey Clark,  @PeelASP,  

Julie Balen

Check out more at OSSEMOOC!

Learnings from the Change Symposium

Today’s post highlights the learning of WRDSB staff from the May 2015 Leading Change Symposium. Grab a tea or coffee, sit back and enjoy our learning perspectives.

~Mark
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Digging into Change

This is such an exciting time to be working in education.  We are learning so much more – not just more about learning, but more about the change process and how some of the critical elements of culture, relationships, space, choice, technology, empowerment, and of course learning itself play key interactive roles in making real change.

On a recent visit to  Queensmount Sr. P.S.  I enjoyed the opportunity to have a deeper discussion about this with Principal Kristin Phillips as well as see things in action. We captured our conversation in this video.

I have personally noted a few things that really stuck with me from our  conversation will write another blog post to focus on that topic along with what I learned from the the tour.

I am wondering what part of the conversation jumped out at you?  Care to share? I invite you to leave a comment or share via Twitter:  @KristinPhillip3,  @markwcarbone.

Resources

Read Kristin’s blog: EduBits

Krisin’s thoughts on our conversation: Letting go of teacher control is not chaos

Keep sharing your learning.

~Mark
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Handing Down Knowledge

I happened to catch a rebroadcast of the December 27th 2015 Cross Country Canada radio show and was intrigued by the topic – “Has the wisdom of older people become sidelined in the age of Google and YouTube?”

I found the commentary from the various participants very insightful and wide ranging.  Some users talked about relationships, comparing face to face ( F2F) to phone, F2F to video call (skype, facetime, GHO etc.), F2F to email – well, you get the picture.  Other comments focused more on the knowledge transfer aspect of the discussion.

One could easily argue that with all of the fantastic audio and video recording tools available now, online storage and search capabilities we have the best opportunity ever in history to capture and publish  and share knowledge, perspectives and stories  from generation to generation.  Perhaps we simply need to be more thoughtful about going about this process of handing down knowledge.

Hands Across Time

I couldn’t help but wonder about  making some more intentional connections to school systems here. What role might students play in making connections with the senior members of society, building relationships and capturing their knowledge and stories for future generations to explore?

Listen to the fascinating CBC podcast  [here].

Note: Image credit Bill Gracey via Flickr creative commons license  (flickr link)

~Mark
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One Word ONT 2016

I love the idea of setting a focus for a period of time to guide your thinking, actions and reflections – Considering One Word.  This  past year I choose “model” as my word.  I really believe in modelling what you seek, so this seemed like a great choice.

I have been pondering my choice for this year as I wanted build on my 2015 choice.  I finally settled on “ignite” for my 2016 word.  This year my goal is to make more connections, start more conversations, be intentional about empowering people with a goal of creating greater synergy for change.

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Ready to connect?  Catch me on twitter at  @markwcarbone  or via  about.me/markwcarbone

 

~Mark
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Icons and Artwork

Meet my new icon!
— Appreciating the custom artwork!!!

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~Mark

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