List of the Week: 18 Low Tech Learning Innovations

Tom Vander Ark’s 18 Low Tech Learning Innovations in this week’s Huffington Post, was written for educators and school systems, but is just as relevant to the workplace and employees.  Just substitute “employee” for student and “CEO” for principal and you’ll get the idea.  Over 20 years of working on innovation projects inside of companies have shown me that “permssion to learn” and easy access to knowledge are often the gating factors to successful outcomes.   Here are a couple of my favorites:

Improve motivational systems….there is still big opportunity to organize learning in small chunks and celebrate progress.

Give every (student) access to advanced courses. Every (U.S. high school student) should have access to every Advanced Placement and upper division STEM courses, and…

Learning everywhere. While visiting Google this week, educators noticed that there are even learning resources in the bathroom — it’s truly a learning everywhere-all-the-time environment. Perhaps you don’t want PD in the lav, but think about how you can extend and promote learning.

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Tom Vander Ark is CEO of Open Education Solutions and a partner in
Learn Capital, a fund focused on innovative learning tools and formats. He was the first business executive to serve as a public school superintendent and was the first Executive Director for Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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  1. Melissa Westbrook on September 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Isn’t Vander Ark the same guy who headed the Gates’ Foundation Education wing? And his innovation of small high schools? How did that work out? I can tell you in Seattle that it didn’t.

    And didn’t Vander Art just abandon a charter school group in NYC, leaving many administrators and supporters hanging?

    I’ll take my educational innovation advice from someone qualified to give it.

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