Q) How did your self directed learning experience correlate with what you read from the Innovator's Mindset book? Would it be valuable have students experience this type of learning? Why or why not?
A) In my previous post, I discussed my summer Genius Hour Project. I recently have become level 1 and 2 for the Google Certified Educator training. I believe the Certification builds off and relates with the content provided by the book. Below is an explanation of this project.
I believe that my journey to become Google Certified ties in directly with part III in the book. Chapters 8 through 12 discuss "unleashing talent". They explain how strengths based leadership, with a less is more attitude, can create meaning learning experiences. I firmly believe that by developing my skill set in technologies our district already embraces, I will be unleashing talent for myself, students, and other staff. Innovation isn't necessarily starting with a brand new idea, it can be improving something in ways which create new opportunities. By furthering my skills and knowledge in Google technologies, I can be more efficient effective and can help others. Have I done something that many educators have already done? Yes, but I will still be sharing my assistance with those I interact with, and opens doors.
For example, I am the High School Student Council Adviser. I have used Calendar, Docs and Forms extensively to help with gathering interesting, planning events, and coordinating schedules. I often collaborate with my student leaders, and they are able to edit and create in the same way I can as the adviser. My officers can plan events and ideas without my direct input. This is innovation. It shifts the traditional leadership model to a student based model. With the additional skills I have developed from the Certifications, I feel I will be able to help these students grow in their use of them as well.
This being said, I think it would be valuable, but unrealistic to have students complete the Certifications. The training is specifically geared towards educators. This isn't to say however, that they couldn't benefit and learn from them. The Google Training Center is a manual to all of the tools that students use everyday. Who is to say our students couldn't benefit from that?
I will also be using advanced techniques I have learned from my training's with my classes. I will be not be providing the course training necessarily, but I will certainly model tips, tricks, and strategies which could make their lives easier and more efficient.
For these reasons, I know my Genius Hour Project aligns with innovation and leadership which the book promotes. I am proud to have completed my project, and am looking forward to paying it forward!
I am a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Byron High School in Byron, Minnesota.