EdCampWR 2016 Resources

Today’s post shares the recordings of two streamed conversations from EdCamp Waterloo (2016). ¬†Many thanks to the event organizers for a rich day of learning and sharing.

EdCamp Waterloo: Learning Spaces

EdCamp Waterloo: Google Apps

Enjoy the learning.




Note: cross post from OSSEMOOC

Innovators Mindset: Starting School From Scratch

The world in which we exist today is complex and changing rapidly. There is more knowledge, more research and arguably more opportunity than ever before. One could put an argument forward that we are on the right path, that education is gradually shifting to a better place. Yet I wonder, are we?


As highlighted here, the possibilities are endless and yes, the really answer is indeed likely closer to a book.

This question certainly fits my personal passion for change. My mind is flooding with thoughts and ideas: ¬†learning is messy, differentiated, innovate, accountability, technology enabled, maker spaces, coding, literacy, numeracy, learning commons, collaborate, ¬†real world context, problem solvers, analysis, literacies that fit the world in which our students live NOW, ¬†pre-service teacher training, shifting culture, speed of change, differentiation, linearity (or not), global context, contributing to society ¬†… well you get the picture.

For the purposes of this Innovator’s Mindset blog hop, I thought I would highlight a few¬†“must changes” on my personal list. ¬†Now waving the change wand ….


  1. Boundless & Joyful Learning Рwe need a simple yet differentiated free flow to learning centred around student passion(s) rather than the current model which is tied to grades and calendar years.  Stomp out content driven learning. You can read more about my ideas on engagement and personalization of learning [here]. 
  2. Learning spaces Рflexible, windows, filled with natural  lighting,  flexible furniture arrangements, no rows, learning commons/maker space style, student run white boards and  interesting colour schemes.  The design should focus on what you can do by bringing people together.
  3. Teachers as learning facilitators – ¬†innovators, risk takers, technology enabled, differentiators, and digital resources and tools, no ‘walls’, ¬†real world context (community and global)
  4. Assessment – Within the classroom perspective, we know a lot more about the importance of conversations, observations and products, frequent feedback and documenting learning – all good, but everyone must be ‘in’. ¬†“High stakes” testing through¬†provincial/(state), national and international assessment strategies need to change as the current model is far too linear and based on ages and grades rather than brain development and a variety of other factors. ¬†I believe we need to reach beyond literacy and numeracy.
  5. Professional Learning –¬†connected, self directed, self motivated learners (not sit and get), what is your next (not best) – thanks @pmillerscdsb

IM-9¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Plan Act Assess Reflect (PAAR) may indeed be more powerful as Assess Reflect Plan Act ¬†(ARPA). ¬† I believe we need to build a lot of capacity yet in the area of open sharing. ¬†Hallway and staff room conversations may be fantastic, but if you can’t search, access and share them then they are ideas and learnings in isolation. ¬†More of my thoughts on this are in my blog post ¬†Just Make It Public.

I hope some of these ideas have poked your thinking.  I invite you to comment here or connect with me on Twitter (@markwcarbone) or via  #innovatorsmindset.



Note: Image from: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Wandlore

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


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.


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!




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

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