Design thinking: This strategy allows for creative exploration and offers a way to ultimately formulate solutions to challenges based on empathy and iterative processes.

Building the capacity of human leaders: When leaders take actions to strengthen the professional community of their schools, providing and incentivizing opportunities for leaders and educators to learn and master new skills, it opens the door to innovative practices and approaches that can further student engagement.

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The report spotlights two edtech accelerators in particular—learners as creators and personalization—that present especially impactful opportunities to educators. Both accelerators put students at the center of learning and are already gaining traction in some places.

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To focus on learners are creators, the CoSN Advisory Board recommends that educators:

  • Take an expansive view of creativity
  • Integrate creative learning with the core instructional program
  • Develop meaningful literacies
  • Pay attention to rigor
  • Set challenging parameters to deepen learning
  • Broaden assessment

Research from CASTLE founding director Scott McLeod identifies four changes to personalizing learning:
1. Moving from factual recall to higher-level thinking
2. Moving from teacher control to student agency
3. Moving from traditional activities to authentic work
4. Moving from traditional resources to a technology-rich environment

If educators want to start expand acceptance of these two particular edtech accelerators, they can start conversations around leveraging them for opportunities:
1. What would it take for your students to experience innovative education?
2. How could you help students become agents of their own learning and creative learners?
3. How could you help teachers personalize learning for every student?
4. How would you have to change your education system, curriculum, instruction, and assessments to embed creative and personalized learning into the student experience?
5. What changes would you have to make in your learning environments and spaces?

Laura Ascione
About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura