Requirements for Innovation


Definition of Innovation

Innovative teaching Wordle

What does innovative teaching through technology look like? We asked the teachers of UNIS Hanoi on 2 Apr 2014, and this is what they had to say:

Innovation…

  • promotes student learning
  • is using old things in new ways, and using new technologies in new ways
  • is using technology in a way that enhances your teaching and could not be done without the technological tools
  • is teacher as a learner, teacher as a facilitator
  • is about stepping out of comfort zones.
  • is about learning from taking risks and failures
  • makes concepts and ideas real

Knowledge for Innovation

Necessary Knowledge

What sort of knowledge is necessary for innovative teaching with technology? We asked the teachers of UNIS Hanoi on 2 Apr 2014, and this is what they had to say:

We need knowledge of …

  • the range of technology available and how to access it
  • where to find information about how to use technology
  • advantages and disadvantages of the technology
  • knowing the potential within each piece of technology to make the use of it
  • how to share documents/digital resources with others
  • when technology is best for a given goal and when it actually is counter productive
  • WHY we are using the technology

Skills for Innovation

Necessary Skills

What skills are necessary for innovative teaching with technology? We asked the teachers of UNIS Hanoi on 2 Apr 2014, and this is what they had to say:

Skills needed include…

  • crafting provocative tasks
  • how to limit the selection of tech so that it does not overwhelm
  • how to transfer skills to the kids
  • how to use tech to push skills to a higher level
  • entering a conversation about technology
  • ability to identify the purposes of different technologies

Attitudes for Innovation

Necessary Attitudes

What attitudes are necessary for innovative teaching with technology? We asked the teachers of UNIS Hanoi on 2 Apr 2014, and this is what they had to say:

Attitudes needed include…

  • the Learner Profile
  • Sense of purpose with the use of tech
  • Openness to new ideas and change if it is better
  • Thinking of yourself as a facilitator
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Willingness to search for the answers
  • Willingness to fail
  • Able to live on the edge with ambiguity
  • Being realistic about what you can achieve
  • Being open to learning with and from the students
  • Not to get settled or satisfied with anything