Digital Innovation: what does it look like?

The American Digital Promise initiative explores innovation, its meaning and practice, through its League of Innovative Schools:

  • A network of superintendents and district leaders leveraging technology to improve student outcomes
  • A national coalition of public school districts partnering with entrepreneurs, researchers, and leading thinkers
  • A testbed for new approaches to teaching and learning
  • A representation of the diversity of public education in the U.S.

The Office of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focuses on the use of technology  to ‘re-invent education’:

‘Our mission is to transform teaching and learning at MIT and around the globe through the innovative use of digital technologies.’

The Institute is clear about the benefits to be had from digital learning – learning more efficiently, more fully, with mastery, the best way, anytime, anywhere – but do these represent innovation?

One of the key themes in the Consultation on a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland references innovation:

‘Empowering leaders of change to drive innovation and investment in digital technology for learning and teaching.’

The word ‘innovation’ features throughout the fourth edition of How Good is Our School. What does digital innovation look like in a classroom setting? Contributions welcome.

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