Innovation Day

Clock showing “20% time,” the approach to innovation of letting employees spend twenty percent of their work time on projects of their choice, is often associated with Google, but the idea goes back to at least 1948 when 3M began encouraging its employees to spend 15% of their working time on their own projects.  In this episode,
Geoff Belleau talks about Innovation Day, a project at Crystal Middle School that was inspired by the 20% concept.  Geoff is Program Manager for Instructional Technology at Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield, California and recently became a member of the TICAL Cadre.

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A Very Different Kind of School

We all need to band together and advocate “for a very different kind of school, dramatically different from the schools we all attended and from the schools envisioned in most ‘school reform.’”  So says Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and author of Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools.  In this episode of Radio TICAL, Milton talks with Michael Simkins about just what that very different kind of school is.

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Showcasing Innovation

Every spring the Arkansas Department of Education brings together all recipients of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant to showcase the success of each grant. In 2008, the EETT Showcase was held at the newly built Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. Principals, technology coordinators, superintendents, and teachers from across the state joined several onlookers to boast their innovative programs. TICAL’s staff and cadre members got a chance to interview some of the recipients. First, TICAL’s director Rowland Baker discusses interactive whiteboards with Paris School District’s curriculum director, Tim Sparacino. Second, cadre member Sandra Hardage speaks with April Shepherd, a distance learning coordinator, about Dawson Education Cooperative’s distance learning centers. Lastly, cadre member Jim Yeager talks with Forth Smith Public School’s technology coordinator George Lieux. George gives us several reasons to use handhelds for cost-effective 1 to 1 computing.

Here are some resources you heard about in this episode:

* Integrating technology in a standards-based curriculum
* Dawson Education Cooperative’s distance learning center
* Distance learning resources
* Handhelds
* Ubiquitous computing