Have you heard of “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period? This awesome opportunity will begin on September 17, 2016 and finish at the end of October (although the learning will continue long after that). George Couros is the author of The Innovator’s Mindset, and this FREE professional learning opportunity (well, you’ll need the book) is going to be packed with educators from around the world sharing ideas and talking about innovation.
Currently, the team is planning some YouTube Live sessions that will happen on the weekends (either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), but if you miss it, do not worry, as they will all be recorded and posted on the #IMMOOC Blog. We will talk to diverse educators and hear about their experiences, thoughts on innovation and the book, as well as how they learn, lead and inspire students. The goal of the MOOC and the book is to not only give practical advice, but to also inspire and develop leadership.
Facilitating this process will be the great Katie Martin (follow her on Twitter at@KatieMTLC) who is a leader in the area of innovation. Although there will be some great educators to learn from, the point of this process is to amplify YOUR voices. We want our participants to share their learning and connect with this group and other educators.
We invite you to share your learning in a variety of ways:
We have created these spaces, yet we do not want you to be limited to only these platforms. You are more than welcome to create your own spaces that support the MOOC and your own learning. We want groups developed within the groups that serve your needs. Google Plus groups, Voxer groups, Myspace pages (is that a thing?); whatever works best for you. We want to inspire you to create, build, learn and innovate within these communities.
Here are the things that we suggest you do to participate:
- Buy the book so you can dig deeper into the conversations.
- Create a Twitter account so you can participate.
- Have a blog (or video space like YouTube) to share your learning.
If you have all of these things already, awesome!
Every week there will be some discussion and specific prompts for your deepen your thinking and explore new ideas and opportunities based on topics shared in the book.
So what are the benefits of this?
There is no badges or credit for this program. This is for your growth and will hopefully help you develop a network of like-minded innovators that can take your learning, teaching, and leadership to the next level. Isn’t that why we are all here? To become better at what we do?
Here is the tentative schedule:
|September 24-October 1||Part 1: Innovation in Education|
|October 1 -8||Part 2: Laying the Groundwork|
|October 8-15||Part 3: Unleashing Talent|
|October 15-22||Part 4: Concluding Thoughts|
|October 22-29||Project Presentations|
Each week, we will send out a reminder to participants of when we will have the YouTube Live event, but as stated earlier, you do not have to attend live.
So to get you started before we do anything, here is a quick prompt for you:
Why is “innovation” so crucial in education? What impact do you see it having on our students and ourselves long term?
Share your blogs, podcasts, videos, artwork, whatever, to the hashtag #IMMOOC and the Facebook group, as well as any other community spaces.
Thank you for your participation! If you have any ideas or suggestions, please write them in the comments of this blog post.
We look forward to having you join us!
(P.S. If you are reading this blog and haven’t signed up for this yet, please do so here.)