By John Burns, ISS Chief Innovation Officer
COVID-19 has forced schools to rethink how they operate, educators to reimagine their practice, and students to adapt and learn in new ways. To scale these new practices, we opened our innovation platform ISS CHALLENGES to educators around the globe, posing this question: “What new practices should schools keep or implement as a result of our experience with online learning?”
The response was tremendous. Not only did educators submit fantastic ideas, but they also supported others in developing their thinking. Across the many entries emerged six broad themes schools should continue to engage with:
Schools reported a significant increase in parent engagement due to accessible technology and efforts to create learning partnerships. Suggestions included:
Learning at home showed the importance of students asynchronously working on projects of interest, and of community members sharing their passions. Ideas included:
Online learning brought the world into classes and open classes up to the world. Suggestions included:
Low-tech, sustainable solutions
Some of the most meaningful learning happens offline, beyond the formal curriculum. Ideas included:
Schools need to reflect students’ needs, rather than have students accommodate the standard design of schools. Suggestions included:
School closures catalyzed incredible global collaboration. Ideas to keep up this momentum include:
ISS will continue to launch new challenges for educators and students through 2020-21. Keep an eye on ISS.edu and #ISSedu on social media to get involved!
About International Schools Services (ISS)
ISS, an AISA Strategic Partner, is a leading nonprofit with more than 60 years of experience in international education. Whether it’s developing and managing world-class international schools, staffing schools, ordering equipment and supplies, performing accounting functions, or supporting best-in-class teaching and learning approaches, ISS provides the full range of services necessary for your school to thrive and deliver an outstanding global education to your students.
About John Burns, ISS Chief Innovation Officer
John focuses on sparking creativity and innovation across ISS learning communities. He has worked on founding and designing both LEVEL 5 China and LEVEL 5 Bahrain, agile spaces for design thinking in education. John has developed apps featured worldwide, and has also previously worked for Apple in assisting schools with organizational change.
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