After reading the article “Are you an innovator educator? “ I realized that very few educators are innovative based on these examples. We are doing great things in the classroom but more often aren't extending out beyond the building. We really have such immense opportunities with the current trends in technology. I do think this can be challenging convincing parents and staff the benefits of the Internet versus the dangers. Also, many of blogs sites and video sites, such as youtube are blocked for the students. Which makes it a challenge for them to access these tools. And some students have been restricted from social media or posting videos because of parents concern of their safety.
Every year the classes I teach changes, but typically I teach a business course and STEM. The classes are both heavily project-based and include solving real world problems. However, I have not had students post directly to share with other students outside of this school. I have considered having students create a blog or website, but have not followed through with these ideas. I do find the benefit of allowing students to teach or communicate with others around the local area or beyond.
I found Kotter’s perspective interesting. Communication is key when involved any process especially a new innovation. It is important to consistently relay your message. However, I hesitate to agree when he mentions daily communication. I think this would depend on how you communicate. If you are just sending email blasts daily, your audience may ignore this communication or tune out on your idea. I do see the benefit in keeping the information fresh on people’s minds. With all of the technology innovations, it is much easier to communicate in different ways. However, the simplest ways of communicating an idea face to face can be the most effective. Through this form of communication, you redirect any concerns and emphasize the benefits in real time.