Education for social innovation is about recognizing and acting on the power we have for making a positive difference in the world. By giving students opportunities to experience how positive change happens, and more importantly how they can be both designers and leaders in creating change, we raise their awareness through empathy, giving students choice and voice to affect positive change in the world right now.
Through Digital Human Library I have partnered with individuals, organizations, and businesses to design social innovation projects to engage you and your students as experiential learners and change-makers! I hope you will join us to explore the theme of social innovation in your classroom to support the development of global competencies and skills, and inspire students to become leaders in their own learning.
NEW! ONedMentors Connect
ONedMentors Connect is a collaborative inquiry into the impact of a 1:1 self-directed mentorship experience on professional development and improved student achievement. Beginning with new teachers in Phase 1, and extending the experience to include any teacher interested in a mentorship in Phase 2, we are creating opportunities for educators to reach out to others they feel comfortable approaching who can help them develop their skills and improve their practice.
Mentors can play an active role in professional learning by collaborating with teachers on just about anything that leads to building capacity for improved student engagement, well-being, and achievement. The goal of ONedMentors Connect is to support and empower teachers to find mentors in personalized and self-directed ways. 1:1 mentorships can help teachers move forward in their learning continuum in order to reach and teach their learners. ONedMentors is personalized professional development.
A Kids’ Guide to Canada, by Kids for Kids
Un guide du Canada – par des enfants, pour des enfants
A Kids’ Guide to Canada (AKGTC) project is a teacher-led initiative offering an unprecedented opportunity every K-8 student to make a personal contribution of lasting meaning and value to Canada’s future: to help create the first multilingual, multicultural and interactive guide to Canada made by kids and for kids. In the process, classes have a chance to meet and learn with peers from coast to coast, and help build a new era of “understanding, empathy, respect.” (TRC, Call to Action 63.3)
With well over a quarter of a million dollars of support from educational organizations, small businesses, and the Canadian Government, thousands of excited teachers, administrators, trustees, and parents are already involved in AKGTC to create new and exciting opportunities for learning.
The project takes place in 3 parts, with students first learning about cross-cultural communication, digital safety and citizenship. The second part of the project focuses on students introducing their neighbourhood communities by posting artefacts on an interactive map hosted by ESRI to create Canada’s first ever multilingual guide to Canada by kids, for kids. The third part of the project focuses on teachers and students making cross Canada connections. Classes use the Digital Human Library to connect with other classes across Canada to pursue deeper conversations and collaborative learning activities to learn more about each other.
Ontario Edu Students’ Chat ~ #ONedSsChat
@ONedSsChat is a student-led Twitter Chat that connects K-12 students throughout Ontario to discuss topics related to character education, social justice, and citizenship. #ONedSsChat creates opportunities for students to network with others, gain perspective, build relationships with new learning partners in a literacy-rich learning environment, experience social media as a powerful platform for learning, and establish a positive digital footprint.