What is Innovation?

When I posted last month about Innovation in Education, I was starting to work on my application for the Google Teacher Academy in Seattle this summer. Well, now that I’ve finished, I thought I’d share my application video with the few of you that read this blog. Before sharing, here is what GTA says they are looking for in application videos:

Create an original one minute video on ONE of the following topics: “Motivation and Learning” OR “Classroom Innovation.” This video is a very important part of your application. We’re specifically looking for educators who creatively address one of the specific topics listed above. You do not need to be in the video, but, the task is designed to demonstrate your technical ability, your resourcefulness, your commitment, and your unique personality and interests. Please do not submit videos produced for another project or videos created by others. We realize that you may have never produced a video before and that you may not own video equipment, but through perseverance we are confident you can find a way to meet this requirement.

With that in mind, here is the video I created. I’d love to hear what you think.

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3 responses to “What is Innovation?

  • Vicky Santacapita

    Great video! I think that you hit the nail on the head by going into detail about each of the ways innovation can play a major part in education and daily life. From the classroom, to extra-curricular activities, innovation can change the way we do so many things. I am currently taking a class on the Google Generation and we have been discussing new tools to use in the classroom, which I feel completely connects back to the idea of “How innovative do you want to be?” It is important for educators to understand the importance of technology and use it to better students. It is sometimes difficult if we are uncertain about something new; however, being innovative and creative will go far and the students will be appreciative of the effort as well.

  • Victoria

    I thought that your video was great! The way that you touched upon ideas from all different aspects and ways to be innovative was so true to the educational world. Whether it be in the academic classroom or extra-curricular activities, people must strive for innovation; otherwise, where would we be right now? I am currently taking a class on Teaching the Google Generation and we are focusing on new tools for classroom use. As a newer teacher, I see so many people in my building who are opposed to innovation and trying new things with their classes. It is crucial for teachers to move with the times. If you can’t be creative and use the innovations that are engaging the students, they will eventually pass the teacher by and you’ve lost them forever. It is important to role with the times and take advantage of all the wonderful things new technology has to offer.

  • Victoria Liberty

    Great video! I truly enjoyed the way that you touched upon ideas from all different aspects and ways to be innovative was so true to the educational world. Whether it be in the academic classroom or extra-curricular activities, people must strive for innovation; otherwise, where would we be right now? I am currently taking a class on Teaching the Google Generation and we are focusing on new tools for classroom use. As a newer teacher, I see so many people in my building who are opposed to innovation and trying new things with their classes. It is crucial for teachers to move with the times. If you can’t be creative and use the innovations that are engaging the students, they will eventually pass the teacher by and you’ve lost them forever. It is important to role with the times and take advantage of all the wonderful things new technology has to offer.

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