Meet the Innovators with Suzie Boss and Guests

July 31, 2013
10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
By m4c webteam

In this live Hangout on Air, Suzie Boss graciously hosts part two of a conversation about innovation. Boss talks with some of the NWP teachers whose insights informed her new book, Bringing Innovation to School. Paula White and Chad Sansing join us from Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, a district that offers “seed funding” for innovative classroom ideas. Antero Garcia shares what happened when he introduced the Black Cloud environmental game to high school students in Los Angeles. These teachers exemplify the innovator educator spirit that Boss describes. They are networked learners who aren’t afraid to take risks and think differently about teaching and learning.

Live Chat Archive

[Jul 31 2013, 5:45 PM] chadsansing: AdaFruit & Sparkfun are my go-to physical computing suppliers –
[Jul 31 2013, 5:45 PM] tengrrl: @ElyseEA I’m wondering if the solution is to find ways to let them do thinking and doing that focuses on those other classes (though not being an expert on those other classes makes that a terrifying proposition for me as a teacher).
[Jul 31 2013, 5:46 PM] ElyseEA: @tengrrl Yes, it would be a wonderful action experiment to see what it would be like to create that model on a HE campus.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:47 PM] mtechman: hey @tengrrl, any of these teachers will help you figure out any part (me too)!
[Jul 31 2013, 5:47 PM] ElyseEA: Iteration as a new frame for action research and inquiry
[Jul 31 2013, 5:47 PM] paulawhite: no apology needed, Sherri! Thanks for sharing!
[Jul 31 2013, 5:48 PM] ElyseEA: Suzie was a great interview — and now she’s being a great host!
[Jul 31 2013, 5:48 PM] mtechman: good luck finding the used card catalogs, Chad, the design-y world has scavenged most for interior decor.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:49 PM] anterobot: FROZEN CHEEZZZZE!!
[Jul 31 2013, 5:50 PM] paulawhite: we had a knitting club here several years ago–kids LOVED making together! It was led by the local HS knitting club.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:50 PM] edinnovator: Here’s Mozilla’s Maker Party 2013 that Chad referenced:
[Jul 31 2013, 5:50 PM] grammasheri: As a language arts teacher this year, Chad, how will you continue “making” in the LA classroom?
[Jul 31 2013, 5:50 PM] tengrrl: One of the other challenges of HE when trying to do these kinds of projects is not having dedicated classrooms where you can keep all these tools and stuffs.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:51 PM] paulawhite: @Sheri–I teach writing as making, reading as making….
[Jul 31 2013, 5:51 PM] mtechman: agree – so important to have storage for the stuff! cardboard, wire, electronics, frozen what?
[Jul 31 2013, 5:51 PM] ElyseEA: Kitchen table, sewing circles, etc. These are great traditions to capture for the digital moment. Invites people to see these innovations in terms that still emphasize human community.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:51 PM] grammasheri: @Paula Perhaps start out with the question What is reading? writing?
[Jul 31 2013, 5:52 PM] mtechman: Nerdcamp forever!
[Jul 31 2013, 5:52 PM] paulawhite: THAT’S what makes “making”–building the human community….
[Jul 31 2013, 5:52 PM] edinnovator: @paulawhite and leveraging the already-existing human communities/networks
[Jul 31 2013, 5:53 PM] mtechman: students taking on professional roles, for my benefit! really changed my thinking
[Jul 31 2013, 5:53 PM] grammasheri: so important, “What is it that you are trying to do, say, pursue?”
[Jul 31 2013, 5:53 PM] paulawhite: And, Sheri–what do good readers do? what do good writers do? Both question and take risks–both make connections, both build expertise…
[Jul 31 2013, 5:53 PM] ElyseEA: that’s @chadsansing – he’s keeping it real
[Jul 31 2013, 5:53 PM] edinnovator: A link to NWP’s “Writers at Work” series at
[Jul 31 2013, 5:54 PM] ElyseEA: Great point, Suzie. Thanks for bringing this topic in.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:55 PM] chadsansing: @grammasheri, I’ll talk about that in just a second 🙂
[Jul 31 2013, 5:55 PM] grammasheri: Writers create for readers; readers create for meaning, learning, sharing (as writers again).
[Jul 31 2013, 5:55 PM] grammasheri: Thanks Chad 🙂
[Jul 31 2013, 5:56 PM] mtechman: what Sheri just said.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:56 PM] tengrrl: AND to share out failures and have the network of teachers respond with support, ideas, and help us know how to move forward and try again.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:57 PM] mtechman: Choice and access.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:58 PM] anterobot: since I did the on-air shameless plug thing… if ANY of you are in CO in a week and a half, please come to this (8/10):
[Jul 31 2013, 5:58 PM] edinnovator: Cooperative Catalyst blog:
[Jul 31 2013, 5:58 PM] ElyseEA: Re: Making… the category of “how to” writing…that covers a huge percentage of what’s on the magazine shelves and many websites. The ‘instructables” category of writing is how many makers find each other.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:58 PM] anterobot: daylong makerspace focused on equity.
[Jul 31 2013, 5:59 PM] ElyseEA: creating and passing along…stewardship themes
[Jul 31 2013, 5:59 PM] edinnovator: “write myself into existence as a new teacher” – such a great line from Chad
[Jul 31 2013, 6:00 PM] ElyseEA: Here’s a link to cooperative catalyst:
[Jul 31 2013, 6:02 PM] philipnrobbins: Impressive. Raku kiln is a great idea, but I would be afraid of the fire regulations. Was it hard?
[Jul 31 2013, 6:02 PM] chadsansing: Awesome, @Paula!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:02 PM] anterobot: Raku like a hurricane.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:03 PM] ElyseEA: @chadsansing awesome
[Jul 31 2013, 6:03 PM] grammasheri: Thanks Chad. Well-said. Goes with what Paula has said in the chat.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:03 PM] chadsansing: @philipnrobbins, it took a long time and many tweaks – they worked with our art teacher who is a blacksmith and followed all the regulations; it never got quite hot enough to crackle, but it worked to fire pottery. Picture here:
[Jul 31 2013, 6:03 PM] mtechman: have to go, you guys are the best. Inspiring.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:03 PM] edinnovator: Again, here’s a link to the first webinar in this series: an author chat with Suzie:
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] ElyseEA: fabulous discussion
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] philipnrobbins: That was fun
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] edinnovator: Bye Melissa!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] grammasheri: If I just focus on pedalling, I will crash and won’t learn the nuances of riding my bike.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] philipnrobbins: Give yourself permission to fail 😉
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] edinnovator: And here’s a link to Suzie’s book, which features Chad, Paula and Antero, among others:
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] tengrrl: I have ten tabs of further reading from this session — EXCELLENT!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:04 PM] chadsansing: Word, @Antero.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] ElyseEA: And folks — you can find tengrrl
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] Twigglebop1: Here!Here! I love the idea of Maker as a tool to promote inclusion.Critical for kids.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] ElyseEA: sorry… tengrrl’s great blog at Bedford Bits
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] paulawhite: Take risks, and read what others share as well!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] tengrrl: thanks, ElyseEA 🙂
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] chadsansing: Who is more optimistic than a middle school teacher?!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] Twigglebop1: Participatroy learning rocks! Reciprocity between the educator and the learner
[Jul 31 2013, 6:05 PM] Twigglebop1: empowering for kids
[Jul 31 2013, 6:06 PM] grammasheri: @Chad 🙂 @Twigglebop1 🙂
[Jul 31 2013, 6:06 PM] paulawhite: Thank you all for participating, asking questions and sharing!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:06 PM] chadsansing: Thank you all!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:06 PM] grammasheri: Thanks. So honored to know all of you!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:06 PM] ElyseEA: Thanks Suzie and all.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:07 PM] tengrrl: Thank you everyone!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:07 PM] Twigglebop1: Thanks all!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:07 PM] tengrrl: Wonderful session.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:08 PM] edinnovator: Thanks, all! A terrific conversation in the hangout and here in the chat!
[Jul 31 2013, 6:09 PM] chadsansing: One thing to add that we didn’t quite get to in the broadcast: I think more important than innovating is looking at what’s happening and what will happen in society, science, life, and to keep bringing things that are neat, hopeful, and optimistic to think about to kids and to ask them what they will make of it.
[Jul 31 2013, 6:09 PM] chadsansing: I’m out – be well!

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