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    I watch YouTube…at work…a lot.
    In fact, when my boss walks into my office, I don’t try to hide anything. I continue on doing what I am doing.  It is (to me) a part of my job.  As Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, I consider it my role to find, develop, and create ideas to help create new ways for students to learn and create within the classroom.
    For example, take a look at this “Kid Snippets” video that I shared at opening day:

    Although the video is entertaining and on the surface has nothing to do with education, I shared with educators on how this would be a great activity for younger students to write and narrate a story, and have older students act it out and create the media.  There are so many skills that could be developed from that type of project, while also building community, and giving students’ an authentic audience.  There are so many little ideas out there that we can remix and recreate for engaging learning activities for our students and staff.
    Does every video spark an idea like this?  Absolutely not.  The process is important though and I have often hear educators say something similar to, “kids and parents have access to all of the same information that we do in education.”  This is also true for educators when looking at other organizations.
    For example, as someone who looks at “innovation in school”, I am constantly looking at the notion of “innovation” in other organizations.  I am guessing that the “Research and Development” budget for Google is a little higher then any school district (or all of them put together), so it would only make sense to look at the work that they do to try and create an innovative environment.  In an older article from Google on “The Eight Pillars of Innovation“, one of the ideas was “look for ideas everywhere”, which is something that we need to constantly do.
    Even on Twitter today, stuck for ideas to write, I simply asked, “Blog topic please?”  Minutes later I had several ideas thrown my way from others, which inspired this post.  In the Chris Andersen Ted Talk on “How YouTube Drives Innovation”, he discusses this very idea and I love this quote:
    Crowd Accelerated Innovation – a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organization will need to embrace radical openness.
    The idea that I have always embraced from this thought is that as an organization, we have to be open, but it is also the ability to embrace the openness of others and take advantage of all the free information out there both inside and outside of education to continuously create better learning experiences for all learners in our organization.
    As always, thanks to everybody for the continued inspiration.


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