What Innovation Is and Isn’t #IMMOOC


I joined George Couros’s #IMMOOC this year because it’s a book I’ve always wanted to read fully and wanted the motivation of a group to do it. I’ve been working on a personal statement/manifesto about my thoughts on innovation in education today, particularly related to STEM/STEAM learning. I am hoping to be finished with it when #IMMOOC is complete and will publish it here later.

Our school recently started an Innovation Initiative where we’ve opened a new Inno Lab with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, raspberry pi’s, arduinos, and more. Being my first year at AISG and walking into this new initiative was exciting but also put a lot of pressure on our tech department to deliver.

I’ve learned to embrace the process of innovating rather than creating something innovative itself. Fail fast and hard is a big part of the process. If you can’t come to terms with failing, innovation can be difficult to achieve.

I recently came across this amazing video from Shanghai American School where they showcase their Innovation Institute. Needless to say I was in awe and completely inspired. We aren’t there yet but it’s a good goal to reach for moving forward. Take a look.


3 thoughts on “What Innovation Is and Isn’t #IMMOOC

  1. James Linzel says:

    Thank you for posting this. I teach the year one science in the Innovation program at SAS. Knowing our hard work is beginning to have a presence beyond our walls is incredibly inspiring. Ill be sharing your post with my students to help continue inspiring them.

    James Linzel
    SAS Innovation Institute

    • Jenelle Crocker says:

      Great to hear! I’m dying to know more. Anyone from your program going to 21CL in Hong Kong next week? Maybe we can talk over lunch! (If not I may request PD funding for a visit!)

  2. Thomas Musk says:

    Hi Jenelle, I teach in the Y2 program (AP Seminar). We are not attending, but we would love for you to visit. Let us know if you can make it work.

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