(P) Innovation in education in 2022

Some innovation tends to be an overused term these days. It’s because everyone is trying to do more, create more and develop more resources and ideas = INNOVATE.

Innovating is “[…] the successful introduction of a new thing or a new method” (Brewer and Tierney, 2012, p. 15).

Why does this happen? It happens when we all feel the need to learn, to grow, to do something new, to create something different, and to be the one who comes up with a solution.

More than ever, education wants to help students meet challenges and discover more.

Why is innovation in education important?

Education is important for social and economic development; thus, it easily becomes indispensable. However, this ever-changing globalized world puts a lot of pressure on education to keep pace.

“It is widely accepted that the social and economic well-being of countries will increasingly depend on the quality of education of their citizens: the emergence of the so-called “knowledge society”, the transformation of the information and media, and the increasing specialization of organizations requires high skill profiles and levels of knowledge. Today’s education systems must be both effective and efficient, i.e. achieve the objectives set for them by making the best use of available resources” (Cornali, 2012, p. 255).

This is where teachers and schools come in. They need to come up with new and innovative solutions for learning, teaching and lessons. All these solutions will eventually allow students to innovate in turn. Providing more access to courses, having slight if not more flexibility of choice, and giving students the freedom to engage in today’s world are some of the innovative ways that education can use.

These are in addition to the technological part of the way education is delivered.

Innovation in education should focus on all of the elements below:

  • Theory and practise,
  • study programme,
  • teach and learn,
  • Politics,
  • Technology,
  • institutional and administrative,
  • institutional culture,
  • teacher training.

The truth is that education at all levels needs to be improved. And innovation and being innovative in innovating and improving the education system. “Higher education needs to change. It needs more innovation” (Wildavsky et al., 2012, p. 1)

How does Spark School help students become innovative?

First, we embrace innovation as a school through the educational model we offer, through the system in which students learn, through the virtual interaction we create with them, and through the connection that we allow between the student-parent – the school. This triangle must exist in all school environments since the parents and the family environment of the students are the main drivers of their educational choices.

Our teachers themselves have a good understanding of innovation and help implement it in their classrooms. They give students opportunities to develop. They do this by empowering them, enabling them to take on leadership roles and proposing solutions, showing them what responsibility is and giving them freedom. More than ever, freedom can make the difference in innovation. It is only without constraints that one can create and have ideas.

We try to give them the ability to choose, freedom of choice, access to many programs and the ability to engage in all kinds of things.

All of the above helps them to be innovative global citizens with access to a global education that helps them pursue their passions.

The more freedom you feel in your academic path and your choices, the more innovative you can become. We pride ourselves on taking innovation to the next level and empowering our students to be part of the change.

We can only create this world together. With the ability to make their own educational choices, our students will not only become innovative global citizens, but they will help discover new things, adapt old things to the new world, embrace the future.

Innovation in education is not something new. It has been discussed for years and will be discussed further. This is because there is a deficit in the innovative education system. The education system is so innovative that it can offer students new types of learning, new means of communication and new opportunities for growth. Some countries seem to be at the top of innovation. However, the way students today learn about life and work readiness does not show this. On the contrary, there is no significant change that we can see in innovation in education.

“Education not only needs new ideas and inventions that disrupt the performance expectations of the current status quo; to have a significant impact, these new solutions must also “evolve”, i.e. become sufficiently large to serve millions of students and teachers or large portions of specific underserved populations” (Shelton, 2011)

Let’s help innovation in education for all the children of this world. Just as in an adjustment for future education, innovation in education should also think of those who do not have access to many things like technology, classrooms, high quality teaching materials, online support, home support. With the right participation and interest, we can achieve this goal.

Innovation must have a positive impact on learners and learning.

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Helen D. Jessen