#MyInnovativeYear: How Does Innovation Look on Me? #IMMOOC

I love to write, I’ve got a binder full of short stories and the skeleton of a novel in a folder on my Drive. I started this blog as a reflection place for me as I started my Masters in Educational Technology.  I needed to get the noise out of my head.   I had no idea what I was doing.  All I knew was I would get to write and share it with others.  That same month, I started my first MOOC, #ETMOOC. Adding my thoughts on that experience on my blog was good for me.  I learned things, and I have a record of my thoughts on what I’ve learned.  When grad school was over, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with my blog.  Should I continue writing? What would I write about if I did continue? How could this “space” change who I was as an educator?  My blog was innovative for me.  It changed the way I looked at the world and in the world. But…

How does innovation look on me?

Reading of the first experiences in blogging of some of the participants in #IMMOOC, and looking back at how my blogging has changed my practice, I think it’s safe to say, blogging, for me, has been the door I’ve chosen to walk through as I become something new and different.    I’ve used my blog to share with others and consider my actions as a teacher.   It is my creative way to improve my practice.

My very first post, dated January 27, 2013, was a review of Epals. I was piloting the site, completing an activity with a group of students in Australia (how’s THAT for innovative)  I have, since then, reviewed many educational technology products, reflected on the courses I’ve taken in my Masters program, made observations about the state of education, and wondered about who I am as an educator. It’s been an interesting 3 years of blogging.

This calendar year, I decided to focus on all I’ve done since finishing my Masters and taking on new responsibilities at work, seeing how I could change the way I and my colleagues teach.  New methods of facilitating learning (this is different from teaching, right), seeing each other as potential learners,  learning to learn on our own.  Teaching our students to learn on their own.  We’re becoming innovative.

Examples of things I’ve done: provided personalized learning opportunities for my teachers with weekly topics in ed tech; conducted a summer book study (that was interesting); built a learning hub for even more differentiated, personalized learning for them; and this year, have a bi-weekly  “techy Tuesday”, a sort of edcamp on steroids.  This one is a work in progress; changing even as I write. (just thought of a different way to set up our meetings).

So, this is what innovation looks like on me.  Always in search of ways to help others become a better representation of self. It’s what I’m supposed to do; it is my passion.  I like it.