Innov8: 2016 Year In Review and 2017 Predictions

It’s that time of year again–when we take a moment to reflect on the year coming to a close and apply what we’ve learned to shape a set of predictions.
Tom recently shared six trends that shaped life in 2016 and will continue to expand their influence in 2017 “for those of us that believe learning is a key lever for shaping society.”
Check out this week’s Top 8 stories in learning innovations and let us know what you’d add to our list of trends and predictions. If you’re already thinking about your the new year and want to add “stay informed” to your list of resolutions, sign up for Getting Smart’s weekly Smart Update.

Digital Developments

1. Shaping the Future of Learning

We recently shared a blog from KnowlegeWorks’ Lillian Pace around how the new Presidential Administration has a great opportunity to positively shape the future of learning as well.
2. The filmMAKER Challenge

Dollars & Deals

3. $24 Million for Osmo

Augmented reality isn’t just for K12 students–learn more about How Augmented Reality Can Enhance Learning in Higher Ed too.


4. The Common Sense Census

Check out these recommendations from our Smart Parents series around How to Turn Screen Time into Family Time.

Planting a #SEAD

5. Culture Rules Schools

In our series on creating new schools we asked 20 experts, who have collectively opened more than a thousand schools, what the most important factor is for long-term school success. Their number one answer? Get the Culture Right.

Deeper, Further, Faster #HigherEd

6. Google Grads and Guardians

Let’s Get Personalized

7. Competency-Based Grads

We shared Two Reports That Indicate Progress on Proficiency-Based Education in New England on the blog: the report mentioned above from the Great Schools Partnership, as well as CompetencyWorks and iNACOL’s recent report Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England.

#Teachers & #EdLeaders

8. Positive Impact Through Tech

Have a news item you’d like us to consider for next Wednesday’s edition? Tweet us @Getting_Smart using #innov8 or to email [email protected] with “Innov8” in the subject line. For more ideas on what type of stories we run, check out the full Innov8 series on our blog.

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Getting Smart Staff

The Getting Smart Staff believes in learning out loud and always being an advocate for things that we are excited about. As a result, we write a lot. Do you have a story we should cover? Email [email protected]

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