What Exciting And Inspiring Things Are Schools Already Doing?
We’re proud of the innovative ways that the schools we have featured in our courses have approached teaching and learning: from involving students in a technology pilot program to monitoring student understanding using data.
In this playlist, we’ve collected some of the videos that showcase great work these schools have done. We hope that you’ll be inspired!
As you watch these videos, consider the following questions. We encourage you to share your answers or other thoughts inspired by these videos using #TSLMOOCPlaylist.
- Are you interested in trying or learning more about any of the innovative practices described in the these videos?
- What does your school or school community value?
- How do those values influence how your school or school community chooses to innovate?
Washington Leadership Academy: Empowering Students with Technology
Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) is a new public charter high school in Washington D.C., USA that currently serves 9th and 10th graders, and will eventually serve grades 9-12. In this video, WLA educators reflect on being a new school with the opportunity to plan innovative learning experiences based on emerging technologies and the students’ culture and experiences.
Meadowbrook School: Interdisciplinary Design Thinking
Design thinking is an approach to problem solving that emphasizes empathy and iteration. The Meadowbrook School of Weston (Weston, Massachusetts, USA) has incorporated design thinking throughout their school in a variety of ways. Teachers can plan small activities around a phase of the design thinking process or build whole units around the entire process.
CCSC: Improving Instruction through Data
The Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA began their Data-Driven Instruction Program (DDI) as an effort to measure student knowledge quickly and rigorously enough to check-in on student progress and develop re-teaches if needed. In this video, CCSC educators discuss how the program changed over time based on teacher feedback collected both formally and informally.They then talk about the teacher evaluation program which is based on pairing teachers with evaluation coaches who observe classroom activity and then debrief with teachers to help them to improve their practice.
Shrewsbury Public Schools: Engaging and Empowering Students
The culture of Shrewsbury Public Schools strives to be collaborative, where teachers, students, and the administration all contribute to the vision for the district. When Shrewsbury High School went one-to-one with iPads, they engaged students in the initiative by launching the Student Innovation Team. The Student Innovation Team functions as a help desk where students both answer the technology needs of the school and help teachers to experiment with using new aspects of the iPad technology in their curriculum.