Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tony Wagner gives a list of FIVE WAYS to produce innovative students

Wagner talks about five schools where "outliers" are the norm.  You can visit their websites in under five minutes.  Let's go...
Olin College of Engineering   
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High Tech High schools in San Diego   

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New Tech High in California
MIT Media Lab

[5] Institute of Design in Stanford 

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MIT Design Lab
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    Broad range of human-machine research, focused on machines with common sense, viral communications, "smart" prostheses, advanced sensor networks, innovative interface ...
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    The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology devoted to projects at the convergence of technology ...
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    A summary of Media Lab history, research consortia and programs, academics, intellectual property, and sponsorship.
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    Year founded: 1985; Graduate concentration: Media Arts and Sciences; Number of graduate students (2013-2014): 146 (80 master's, 66 PhD)
Ito: There are nine or so principles to work in a world like this:
  1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.
  2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.
  3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.
  4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.
  5. You want to have good compasses not maps.
  6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.
  7. It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.
  8. It’s the crowd instead of experts.
  9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.
We’re still working on it, but that is where our thinking is headed.

This article (below) might assist you in learning more...

In minutes 18 to 23 in this video, Wagner returns to the themes in the article (above)
YES it is worth your time to hear
Dr. Wagner's talk starting at Minute 18

Innovators can make small changes.  Incremental improvement as well as the breakthrough innovations.

We are born curious
The typical 4-year-old asks 100 questions a day.
By the time the child is 8 or 10, children have learned that it's more important to have the right answers than to ask a lot of questions.

What are the patterns of parenting that encourage innovative thinking in students?
What kind of teachers encouraged innovation?

Wagner found that there was usually a teacher who was an outlier in the educational setting.
Teaching in a way that was different form their peers -- at odds with the teaching methods of their peers.
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