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As 2014 comes to a close and we set goals for the New Year, how will we define innovation?

According to Oxford Dictionaries, innovate means “to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.” This definition fits nicely with what is being asked of educators — to integrate new technologies, practices, and concepts into the classroom. As teachers, however, we also have to ask the question: why?! We need to ensure that these changes are to the direct benefit of our students. For that reason, I prefer Scott Berkun‘s definition: “Innovation is significant positive change.

As we look towards 2015, I think we can all agree that we want our students to become successful learners who are capable of taming complexity. We wish for them to gain the skills that will allow them to enact significant positive change. So for 2015, our collective goal as educators should be striving to innovate our projects, activities, and curriculum such that we empower our students to develop into creative, insightful, successful learners who are prepared to become leaders in their desired future. What do you think?

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