My appreciative inquiry hat and focus on the positive has changed my vocabulary terminology from “problem of practice” to a “promising practice!” For the principal, one of the sacred times no matter how much time he or she is given, is the opportunity for professional learning at faculty/staff meetings. The opportunity to perfect the promising practice of ensuring our meetings are motivating, engaging, purposeful, relevant, and inspiring is the focus of this year’s Spotlight on Innovation 2.0 at the 93rd annual MEMSPA conference in December!
Attendees at our December conference can perfect a promising practice at the Spotlight on Innovation 2.0 event held on Thursday, December 6 from 12-3pm in the Exhibit Hall entryway area. The idea is for principals to have an opportunity to learn with and from each other. In one area, scheduled learning opportunities are presented with time set aside to play with the technology and get support from others in how to use it and implement it. In a separate area we will have a STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lab setup. Jason Gribble will be using Touch Cast and Green Screen technology to demonstrate how to make interesting and engaging video casts either for morning announcements or for a flipped meeting where staff can watch at home!
Two teacher-leaders, one elementary and the other middle school, who use innovative teaching materials directly with students will be on hand to allow principals to check out different innovative learning tools like 3d printers, OSO bot coding, Co-spaces VR Creation platforms, Makey Makey, Strawbees connectors and more! They will be available to answer questions and detail how they use these innovative tools with students in the classroom.
We have gathered some #innovativemindset principals like Jason Gribble, Mike Domagalski, Ben Gilpin, Allyson Apsey, Jon Wennstrom, Andy Fuehr, and Jeremy Zonts as presenters for our sessions. Here is the schedule:
12:00 PM-3 PM Green Screens and Touch Cast-Jason Gribble
Jason will teach you how easy it is to create your own morning announcements or flipped meeting video casts using a green screen and cool Touchcast technology!
STEAM Makerspace-Nick Travis and Amy Farkas
Come play and learn about cool and innovative technology tools that focus on STEM and STEAM technology! Find out what Ozobots, Strawbees, Makey Makey, Bloxels builders are and how they can stretch your kids inner innovative and creative mindsets!
12:30 PM-1:15 PM Low Tech Innovation-Ben Gilpin
Sharing strategies to increase participation during meetings (Fishbowl, Speed-Dating,Field Trip Meeting, Rising Tide, Huddles)
Twitter Challenge-Mike Domagalski
Intro and Pointers, then Twitter Challenge to use for Staff Meetings - Innovative Interactions in Collaboration
1:15 PM-2:00 PM Flipgrid-Andy Fuehr
Flipgrid is a free tool that can help educators share knowledge, curate information, and amplify student voice. Attendees will learn the basics and feel confident to begin their Flipgrid journey.
Scavenger hunts for the masses. Bold, crazy and highly addictive. Incredibly easy to use with all the power you could ever want!
2:00 PM-2:45 PM Inspiring and Motivating Tips!-Allyson Appsey and Jonathon Wennstrom
Sharing ways to help inspire and motivate students and staff! They will discuss fun activities that leaders can implement in their schools and reignite the love of learning for kids and adults!
You will also get a ticket just for attending and a chance to win some cool prizes. Fill out your ticket, take it to the MEMSPA booth in the Exhibit Hall and enter your chance to win! Winners will need to be present in the Exhibit Hall to win. Drawing usually occurs around the 3pm time!
The most effective way that principals can promote an innovative mindset is to develop professional learning networks and be knowledgeable and effective users of technology both high tech and low tech. Spotlight on Innovation 2.0, taking place on Thursday, December 6 from 12-3PM at the entry to the Exhibit Hall, is the place for principals to develop their own learning networks, and develop a promising practice.