What is the education innovation map all about?
In November, 2014 Handz and Mindz Ltd launched a tool containing ideas that would enable schools integrate 21st Century Skills in the everyday learning of children. This tool is called the Education Innovation Map.
Throughout the world, at least in the last 10 years, Education leaders are saying that literacy and numeracy are no longer enough to fit into the 21st century job market. Industry giants such as UNESCO, Pearson, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, LEGO, VIF International Education, Lego Education, The Goddard School Early Child Development, Destination Imagination, Education First, Destination Imagination, Walt Disney Company, Fisher Price, Crayola, Education Network of America, A union of Professionals, learnin3.com, National Board of Professional Teachers, Asia Society, American Camp Association, Intel, UNICEF, Future Problem Solving International, ED Leader 21, National Education Association, Sir Ken Robinson as well as leading brands in the world such as Apple Inc., Cable Impact Foundation and FORD are saying that, there is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces. This gap is at the heart of unemployment. This gap must be bridged.
What are the 21st century skills?
21st Century Education must integrate such themes such as: global awareness, financial and economic education, business and entrepreneurial literacy, civic literacy, health literacy, environmental literacy, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, information literacy, media literacy, ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) literacy, and very importantly life and career skills such as flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross-cultural skills, productivity and accountability, leadership and responsibility.
Think about your workspace?
Just in case, you think this is not applicable in Nigeria, perhaps you should take a look at your current group of staff, teaching and admin. Think about the staff you consider as super performers. Think about the staff that came to mind as you read those list of skills considered as the 21st Century skills.
Should this skills be taught as subjects?
No, No! Perhaps for a couple of reasons. To be taught as a subject it has to be a part of the school curriculum as a subject. But there is good news. The new NERDC curriculum has amazing windows to align the 21st Century Skills education into main stream learning.
An educator once stated that “The Education Innovation Map is an enabler for using the new NERDC curriculum”.
The second reason is that this skills are to be taught informally to be caught. They are skills taught through a variety of fun activity that children are readily open to and combined in consideration of their strengths and weaknesses.
Does the education innovation map take the above into consideration?
Oh Yes! It was specifically designed in a way that:
- Some of the ideas go with subjects.
- Some of the ideas are new routines of independent action by children.
- Some ideas are extracurricular oriented.
- Some ideas will become part of already existing structures and systems.
That’s the beauty of innovations.
The Education Innovation Map contains 102 ideas. Yes, that much. So that each school regardless of size, number of student, level of income, financial status, education focus (crèche, pre-school), nursery, primary, secondary) etc can find at least 5 innovations to run with.
How does the map work?
Here are the steps to acquiring and using the map.
Step 1: Request for a.
How the training works:
The training will be a 4 hour workshop covering
- How to use the Innovation Map along with the new NERDC curriculum. (It will show each teacher how to use the ideas to teach school subjects).
- How schools can run some of the ideas as extracurricular activities.
- Practical demonstration on a section of the ideas.
- Training on monitoring and evaluating the ideas.
- 3 weeks later, we will come and evaluate, how teachers are performing at running the innovations both the subject based and the extra curricular based. During this period, we will practically pick one innovation and show schools how to run it.
- 5 weeks after the first training we will do a refresher and a Monitoring and Evaluation workshop for the school.
What are the ideas like?
The innovation map contains the following spread on ideas:
(18) Teacher led innovations.
(2) Parents participating ideas.
(39) Students led ideas.
(13) School policies related ideas.
(19) Events and project based ideas.
(2) Excursions and community service ideas
(3) New school tools ideas.
(18) School system focused ideas.
(3) Partnership driven ideas.
Are schools required to implement all the ideas?
Schools are required to implement at least 5 innovations within a school year. They are however 2 bonus compulsory ideas for all schools. Regardless of size, land space or status, each school can find 5 ideas they are comfortable with and the bonus 2 are implementable by a school of any size.
What’s the end goal?
To sustainably teach the 21st Century Skills, the entire school community needs to adapt an innovation culture. The staff must personally adapt and demonstrate the 21st century skills. At the end of this trainings and the use of the Innovation Map:
- We will have created a new work culture amongst school staff.
- We will have sparked a renewed love for school and learning amongst students.
- We will have created a unique space for each child as they will self discover while running the ideas.
- Parents will begin to show a renewed commitment to the school.
- We will position the school to attract corporate support locally and internationally.
- We will raise children who will change the world.
Other perks that go with the package?
- Schools project reports (pictures, short video clips and experience summary) will be featured on Talk Education Africa TV show for free. The show airs every Wednesday at 3:30pm on Silverbird Television. People who miss the show, can watch over and over at www.talkeducationafrica.com
- The report will also be featured on innovatingschools.com
What’s in the all new INNOVATION MAP toolkit?
- The innovation map flex banner. (1 copy)
- The innovation map easy read cards. (2 copies)
- The “How To Implement” the innovation map E-Book. (1 copy)
- The “How To Implement” the innovation map reminder videos. (1 copy)
- Using the Innovation Map with your NERDC Curriculum guide. ( 1 copy)
- Using the Innovation Map with personalized curriculum guide. (Available on request at a fee)
- Steps to using the Innovation Map kit (3 copies)
- Journal and Form templates for different innovations. ( 1 copy each for atleast 25 innovations)
- Handz and Mindz branded jotters. (2 copies)
- Handz and Mindz desktop folders. (1 copy)
Who developed the tool?
The Education Innovation Map is a product of Handz and Mindz Ltd. RC 824739, an organization that writes and creates tools, curriculum based in-school projects, creative boot camps geared towards creating building blocks that inspire intelligence, character and creativity amongst children and teenagers aged between 3 and 17. Beginning from 2008, our work has reached up to 12,000 school children.
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