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INNOVATION IN THE CLASSROOM: WHY EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE MORE INNOVATIVE

Education is the foundation of our economy. What (and how) we learn in school determines who we become as individuals and our success throughout our lives. It informs how we solve problems, how we work with others, and how we look at the world around us.

At its core, innovation is the process of making lives better. Whether it is a small improvement for one person or a breakthrough for society, persistently asking “what’s next?” pushes us to strive for a better future. So when we are asked about the next frontier, we default to thinking that it will involve the creation of a new technology. Undoubtedly, there is truth to that thinking. We will experience many more technological advances in the near future.

On being educated. The goal of getting an education isn’t to solve some of yesterday’s problems, but to tackle problems in the future that we don’t know about today, using technology that hasn’t been invented yet. Given this, what is needed in education is neither evolution nor reform, but radical revolution – in both what is taught and how it is taught. Using innovative teaching methods to better serve students and to teach them about the benefits of innovative thinking does so much more than just “fill the pail.” It ignites a passion for learning and   provides students with the tools they need to succeed in the innovation economy.

Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

There’s quite a bit of evidence that technology, when used in the right way, helps students learn. Policymakers and administrators are experimenting with new schools, the most innovative of which are changing everything from school culture to student assessment. Students are embracing online learning, adaptive games, peer learning platforms, and many more learning channels. Teachers are utilizing better professional development tools, new content creation and other teaching tools, and the latest research in brain science to adapt and refine their methods. And entrepreneurs are creating both for-profit and social startups that address childhood development, tutoring, learning data analytics, student loans, alumni networking and almost every other area we can think of in an effort to find effective and elegant learning solutions.

Some of the benefits of using technology in the classroom include:

  • It allows for faster and more efficient delivery of lessons, both in the classroom and at home.
  • It reduces the need for textbooks and other printed material, lowering long-term costs incurred by schools and students.
  • It makes collaboration easier. Students, teachers, and parents can communicate and collaborate more effectively.
  • Having access to other information outside of the book gives students many different ways to learn a concept. Teachers can come up with creative ways to teach their students that keep them engaged. Technology has changed the learning environment so that learning is more hands-on. Schools throughout the nation are diverse in income, and often kids don’t always get the resources they need. The implementation of technology in schools helps close that gap.

Technology and other changes in society demand innovation in education. While many schools face challenges such as underfunding, unengaged students, and outdated curriculums, innovation offers a path forward.

Innovation isn’t just important for businesses. In many ways, education stands to benefit the most from both utilizing and teaching innovation in the classroom. By exploring new and better ways to educate students and also teaching the skills students need to become innovators themselves

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