I’ve learned a lot about innovation this year as we’ve launched our district innovation incubator. In upcoming blog posts, I’ll be highlighting some of the R2 Innovates teams and how they’re breaking down walls and developing innovations that bring a real value to our students and teachers. The iterative process begins with version 1.0 for customer 1.0. By trying ideas on a small scale, teams can learn from successes and failures and make improvements that can then be rolled out in new versions for additional customers.

We were fortunate to have Ewan McIntosh of Notosh as a virtual faciliatator for a two day design workshop in December. Our teams worked hard, used hundreds of sticky notes, and came away with plans to bring their ideas to life. Success will be measured by the ability of teams to collaborate, iterate quickly, and scale their innovations. I look forward to sharing the progress of each team and encourage all educators to dream big and use the iterative process to scale innovations that can make a difference in the lives of our students. Follow R2 Innovates on our blog!

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Stepping into 2014, I feel a renewed energy and happiness that my district is traveling down the road to awesome!

There were a lot of awesome events in 2013 including:

  • Completing the roll out of our 1TWO1 computing initiative for over 21,000 students
  • Starting up the R2 Innovates incubator with an awesome two day workshop with Ewan McIntosh as a virtual facilitator
  • Celebrating being on the road to awesome with our new superintendent and the focus on learning, community, character and joy
  • Working with an awesome team
  • Implementation of CCSS and integration of digital resources into content areas
  • Leveraging Google Apps and other web resources for student learning including WeVideo, VoiceThread, Discovery Streaming, LucidChart, and Hapara Teacher Dasboard
  • Hosting site visits with over 150 visitors from around the US
  • A successful technology leadership series
  • Hosting the 2nd annual SC Midlands Summit
  • Meeting many others who are on similar journeys through my PLN and conferences like the International 1:1 Computing Conference
  • Oh, and I worked a LOT

As I enter into 2014, I’m excited about continuing on the journey. I look forward to lots of things:

  • Helping our R2 Innovates teams get started with innovations
  • Continuing to work with teachers to fully integrate our digital resources into 21st century learning environments
  • Delving deeper with the new technology leadership series and a focus on 21st century skills and the CCSS
  • Connecting some of our families with home Internet access through Kajeet
  • Further developing my PLN with new global connections
  • Hosting the third annual SC Midlands Summit
  • Creating online courses with new tools like Versal
  • Continuing to learn through participation in conferences, webinars, and reading

I look forward to sharing my experiences in 2014 as my district continues on the road to awesome!

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