This is part 1 of a 10-part series.
Attending a conference or an exhibition can be a useful way of learning a lot quite quickly. At the time of writing this article, the Bett Show is coming up, as is the Education Innovation conference. Each of these will provide opportunities to think about innovation, and ideas about how to do so. I've written more about the Education Conference in the article Bett 2018 and other conferences. I will be posting quite a bit of information relating to Bett soon, firstly for the benefit of subscribers to Digital Education before making it more widely available, and will also be publishing my Bett Guide, Getting the Best out of Bett.
Full disclosure: I have been given a free ticket to attend the Education Innovation conference, but that has not affected my coverage of the event. I have also been offered two half-price tickets, which I'll be emailing subscribers to Digital Education about. If you wish to follow the conference on social media, the Twitter information you need is as follows: @epg_london and #eic2018.
I've also written a very comprehensive guide to getting the most out of education shows and conferences in general. It's being updated and expanded at the moment, but the basic details are still the same. You can find out about the book here: Education Conferences.
To find out when these develops come to fruition, you can do one of the following:
Why attending talks can be a good way of fostering innovation, and six things to consider before you do so.
In part 5 of this series on creating a culture of innovation, we consider another aspect of delegation, and a special type of fund.
Where are you most likely to discover good practice? And how can it be spread more widely?
How far are you able and willing to take a back seat, and let others take important decisions?
In this, the second part of our new series on creating a culture of innovation, we look at why it's important to make professional development activities interesting, with some ideas on how to do so.
How, as leader of Computing in your school, do you create a culture of innovation, ie of trying out new things? This is what we explore in this new ten-part series.
Here are links to a few articles I've written recently. They cover parental engagement, innovation, how to teach computer programming and, finally, "digitally illiterate and proud of it".
Why is it so hard to recruit teachers? I attended a Westminster Forum conference in the summer of 2016. This looked at the key issues of teacher shortages and professional development. This article contains my reflections on some aspects of the conference. It's not about ICT or Computing in particular, but given the acute shortage of Computing teachers it does, I think, provide some additional food for thought.
What can you do in five minutes that is different? How can 5 minute innovation be useful in education technology?
Things may be going great, so why change them? You know the old saying: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
But there's another point of view too: who wants to become ossified? Read on for a few simple ideas to try now.