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Courageous Edventures

Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation

By: Jennifer Misong Magiera

Are you ready for an edventure? Courageous Edventures will help you chart a course toward classroom innovation and problem-solve on the fly using educational technology.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506318349
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: September 22, 2016

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Chart a course to innovation using educational technology 

Let’s go on an edventure! Do you want to innovate and take risks in your teaching? Looking for ways to troubleshoot common classroom challenges? Whatever obstacles you and your students face can turn into edventures, and this book will show you how to navigate them with grace, humor, and grit. Jennie Magiera charts a course for you to discover your own version of innovation, using the limitless possibilities of educational technology. You will learn:

  • How to create your own Teacher-IEP (Innovation Exploration Plan)
  • Keys to problem-based innovation (PBI)
  • Strategies and solutions for tackling common classroom problems
  • Methods for putting learning into the hands of students
  • How to find innovation in everyday places

Packed with real-world, immediately applicable solutions to the problems teachers face in their classrooms every day,Courageous Edventures shows how technology can be a fun and easy tool to improve classroom management and student learning!

"Magiera leads people on a journey with some great ideas to get started in the classroom right now, or the inspiration to find your own way, leading to innovative ideas for learning and teaching."
George Couros, Author of The Innovator's Mindset and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant

"This book does a superb job of providing practical ideas and strategies on how to actually implement innovative practices in today's classroom. Her knowledge and experience as a change agent further strengthen the techniques presented and will help educators truly envision what's possible in classrooms today."

Eric Sheninger, Corwin Author and Senior Fellow
International Center for Leadership in Education



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Jennifer Misong Magiera

Jennie Magiera always knew she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Throughout all of her roles starting as a Chicago Public Schools teacher to currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, she always made teaching and supporting students her priority. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. She is also passionate about transforming professional learning, which she’s personally championed through her work on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s 2016 National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Jennie has earned degrees from Phillips Exeter Academy, Columbia University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can find Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author



1. Come on in, the Future’s Fine

     Me and the Three Little Pigs

     From Houses to Ships

     What Is Innovation?

     Two Compass Options: The SAMR and TIM Frameworks

     Deciding When to Use SAMR and When to Use TIM

     Setting a Course for Innovation

2. Problem-Based Learning: It’s Not Just for Kids

     Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan: An Individualized Education Program for Teachers

     Identifying the Problem of Practice

     Defining the Problem of Practice

     Stepping Up to a Solution

     Critical Friends

3. Getting Your Students Ready

     Learning to SAIL: Student Innovation Teams

     Don’t Touch

     Go Slow

     Be Kind

     Staying Safe on the Open Sea: Digital Citizenship

     What Is Digital Citizenship?

     Respect for Ourselves

     Respect for Others

4. Getting Your Materials Ready

     Let the Students Lead the Way

     Build a Management System

     Rewrite Your Supply List

     Tech Is Not a Treat

     Less Is More

5. Falling in Love With Failure

     Calling Forth Your Courage

     Failing Forward

     Student Failure

     Teacher Failure

     System Failure


6. Digging Into Differentiation

     Problem: So Many Ability Groups, So Little Time

     Suggestion: Clone the Teacher

     Problem: Keeping Students Engaged During Small-Group Time

     Suggestion 1: Choose Your Own Adventure Time

     Suggestion 2: Self-Differentiating Challenges

     Suggestion 3: Critical Friends

     Problem: Finding Developmentally Appropriate Differentiated Content

     Suggestion 1: Create Your Own Content

     Suggestion 2: Digital Resources

     Problem: How Do I Disseminate Materials to Students and Collect Their Work? (aka Digital Workflow)

     Suggestion 1: Learning Management System

     Suggestion 2: Google Classroom

     Suggestion 3: Class Websites, QR Codes, and Google Forms

7. Rethinking Assessment

     Problem: I Hate Grading!

     Suggestion 1: Digital Student Response Software

     Suggestion 2: Learning Management Systems Assessments

     Suggestion 3: Online Forms

     Problem: I Need to Differentiate Assessments Based on Individualized Education Program Accommodations and/or Modifications

     Suggestion: Screencast Assessments

     Problem: My Students Have a Hard Time Self-Assessing

     Suggestion 1: Metacognitive Screencasting

     Suggestion 2: Digital Portfolios

     The Draw of Google Drawings

     Problem: Teaching Students How to Give Peer Feedback

     Suggestion 1: Google Drive

     Suggestion 2: Google Drive and Google Forms

     Suggestion 3: Blogging and Quadblogging

     Accountability Without Assessment: Gamification and Achievement Badges

8. Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

     Problem: Creating a Culture of Respect and Collaboration

     Suggestion 1: Mood Check-Ins

     Suggestion 2: Class Dojo for Encouraging Positive Action

     Suggestion 3: Using Music to Set the Mood

     Problem: Supporting Struggling Students

     Suggestion 1: Blogging

     Suggestion 2: Positivity Timelines

     Problem: Communicating With Families

     Suggestion 1: Class Dojo for Communication

     Suggestion 2: Google Forms

     Suggestion 3: Digital Newsletters/Class Blog

9. Planning for Powerful Learning

     Problem: Finding Curricular Resources

     Suggestion 1: Pinterest and EduClipper

     Suggestion 2: Twitter and Google+

     Suggestion 3: Blogs!

     Problem: Scheduling Time for Collaborative Team Planning

     Suggestion 1: Google Calendar

     Suggestion 2:

     Suggestion 3: Google Hangouts

     Problem: Vertical Alignment—What’s the Rest of the School Teaching?

     Suggestion 1: Google Drive

     Suggestion 2: Shared Calendars


10. Power to the Pupil

     Cultivate Curiosity: How Do I Build Curiosity?

     Sorting Your Questions: Questdones and Questruns

     Outwit Obstacles: How Do I Teach Perseverance?

     Purposeful Playtime: How Do I Find the Time for Purposeful Play?

     Reimagined Centers

     20% Time

     Open Scheduling

     Bringing the Purpose to the Playtime: Entering Creation Station

     Reflect, Reflect, Reflect

11. Discovering the Power of Voice

     Amplifying Our Students

     Step 1: Finding Their Inner Voice—Blogs Versus Diaries

     Step 2: Sharing Their Voice With Others—Building Classroom Discussions and Backchanneling

     Step 3: Teacher-Moderated Sharing—Dipping a Toe Into Social Media

     Step 4: Opening the Garden Walls—Diving Into Social Media

12. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

     Revisiting Problem-Based Learning

     Digging in to Problem-Based Learning

     Step 1: Finding the Problem-Based Essential Question

     Step 2: Developing the Challenge

     Step 3: Rising to the Challenge

     Step 4: Showcasing the Learning

     The Role of the Teacher

     Problem-Based Learning Spotlight—KidTREK: A Safe Journey App for Students

     The Student Becomes the Master


13. Evaluating Your Practice

     Looping in Your Critical Friend

     Revisiting the SAMR and TIM Frameworks

     Leveling Up With the SAMR Model

     Approaching the Three Dimensions of the TIM

     Sharing Your Adventure

     Taking It a Step Further: Presenting Your Story

14. Staying Inspired and Finding Support

     Creating a Professional Learning Network That Works

     Professional Learning Communities and Professional Learning Networks

     Cultivating Constructive Conflict

     A Shared Space

     Teacher-Led Learning Events



     Formal Learning Events

     Step 1: Go With a Goal in Mind

     Step 2: Keep a Three-Dance Card

     Step 3: Recruit Allies and Use Collaborative Tools

     Step 4: Schedule Time With Yourself to Debrief Individually

     Step 5: Pay It Forward

15. Planning Your Next Edventure

     Be Your Own Hero

     Don’t Get Comfortable

     Channel Your Inner Student

     Share Your Crazy Pills

Appendix A- Challenge Card Template

Appendix B- Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan (TIEP)