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Teacher Recognized at Reimagine Education Awards

Teacher Recognized at Reimagine Education Awards

Thursday, February 02, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Recently, Robert Service Public School Teacher Rich Baxter had the honour to present The Bootstrapping Checklist at the Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia after he was shortlisted in the Teaching Delivery Category. He uses the program for his grade 8 students as a result of over 10 years of research and experimentation in the classroom on social innovation, the arts and entrepreneurial education.

The power of guided iterative design such as The Bootstrapping Checklist is that it provides seamless integration between pedagogy and technology needed to accelerate technology adoption by students and facilitate sustained entrepreneurial and socially innovative student projects. It is inherently mobile, social, and cloud based, and it demands that students use validated data to make design decisions.

For over 20 years, Rich has had to be very creative in the classroom and in that time he has learned that a school board has many jobs to fulfill and helping teachers with innovation in the classroom level is one of them.  Part of teaching is to interpret global trends and deliver these as a service that fulfills students’ learning needs.

"Innovation is always a tough process, and the TDSB is receptive to classroom innovation - that's what makes us world class.” says Rich. "Being Shortlisted is a great honour, but it’s the beginning. I want to win the Category this year, I know we can do it, and so I'm looking for more collaborators to help scale this program."

According to Rich, guided iterative design (or guided iterative inquiry) is likely the most important pedagogy teachers should be doing to successfully blend information and communications technology (ICT) and good teaching classrooms. 

By properly combining pedagogy like The Bootstrapping Checklist and EdTech, it can accelerate learning and collaboration to produce cohorts of students that are more than HigherEd ready. These interventions will lay the foundation necessary to incite and produce teachers who can integrate the arts, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation to facilitate the human interactions needed to balance and sustain any system created.

The EdTech Innovation Ecosystem is rich and vast and will require participation from many varied players. It has made Rich realize that any future reality is possible where technology powers education. It is a new world that excites him and his students. Good EdTech innovation occurs at the intersection of sound pedagogy and technology and are thus critically complimentary.

The Bootstrapping Checklist was presented on December 5, 2016 in Philadelphia at the Reimagine Education Awards and exists in the Creative Commons as an open innovation project.


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