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Courageous Edventures

Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation

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.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506318349
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: September 03, 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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Jennie 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: Doodle.com

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)




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