Ready or not, education has entered the Innovation Age, where it's not about what students know but what they can do with what they know. Teachers can prepare students thrive in the Innovation Age by teaching them at three levels, closing the learning environment gap, and systematically infusing technology.
In Innovation Age Learning, author Sharon "Sam" Sakai-Miller shares her vision for active, constructivist-based learning, infused with innovation skills, which leads to proven student success. In this strategy, students are challenged to cultivate empathetic thinking skills in order to become innovators who can turn knowledge into effective real-world solutions.
This book is filled with concrete strategies teachers can use today to teach innovation-age skills as well as implement the Common Core standards. The ideas are organized by familiar essential skills: collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Using these helpful takeaways, teachers can intentionally design learning environments that
- foster collaboration in class, beyond class, and beyond school;
- promote self expression, interactive communication, and three-dimensional communication through words, data, and graphics;
- encourage creativity by building creative confidence, and associational thinking and empathetic thinking skills; and
- boost critical thinking skills by supporting the iterative learning process and building questioning and experimentation skills.