A Checklist for Designing Innovation Experiences

This is a checklist educators can use to plan, implement, and iterate experiences that teach innovation.

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Two of the sources from the Discover step were The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande and An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students by Ron Berger.

I propose a mash-up of these two sources resulting in an educator Checklist for Designing Innovation Experiences.

There are a few assumptions associated with this solution:
1) Designing innovative classroom experiences is really complicated (from Mission #3).
2) There are a few key components that result in designing successful innovation experiences (from Berger).
3) A well designed checklist can help ensure that these components are being met (from Gawande).

Check out the checklist here -  A Checklist for Designing Makerspace Experiences

NOTE: My original intent was in the context of Makerspaces, but perhaps the checklist could be iterated during the evolve portion to be more broad?  

Scalability:  Gawande describes the process of scaling his World Health Organization checklist, and I imagine that scaling this checklist would be analogous to their process.  I'd propose piloting in a few schools and validating via student growth as a function of checklist aligned projects.  Since one of the items on the checklist is a public audience for student work, perhaps schools implementing the checklist could share that work with Teachers Guild members.

UPDATE (9/14/15): Added video summary.

Evaluation results

1 evaluation so far

1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 100%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 0%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 0%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 0%

Agree. - 100%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 100%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 0%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 100%

Agree. - 0%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 0%

4 - 100%

5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 0%

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Hi Andrew! Love the idea (I'm biased, of course), and I'm eager to work through a few more prototypes in the "Evolve" phase. If you're interested in teaming up to continue thinking through the idea, I'd warmly welcome your input. Let's work from the original Google Doc to build on our ideas: https://goo.gl/DbNIco. Looking forward to iterating on the idea!

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