Intentional Innovation: Empowering Students With Choice and Technology
Creative work can be hard. It can be challenging. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try and plan and incorporate into the classroom. Yet, we know our students are going to have to be more creative than ever to successfully thrive in today’s world. Our role as teachers and leaders is to be intentional in our work with students and as a guide. This talk shares how my most frustrating and desperate moments as a teacher turned into a pathway to innovation with my students. This talk will take you through a journey of six truths about technology and learning; and it begins by connecting the dots between innovation, inquiry, and empowerment.
A.J. Juliani is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Centennial School District. As a former Engish teacher, football coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative learning experiences for students in various roles. A.J. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple books including the best-selling LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out the Maker in Every Student. His latest book, co-authored with John Spencer, is EMPOWER: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning. The book provides teachers, coaches, and administrators with a roadmap that will inspire innovation, authentic learning experiences, and practical ways to empower students to pursue their passions while in school. Connect with A.J. on Twitter at @ajjuliani.