Innovation is a new match between a solution and a need. If you look at that word, it has that Latin root “nova” so something has to be new about innovation. But the novelty could be in the solution itself, could be in the need or it could be in the putting together in a new way of an existing solution and an existing need. Innovation is the mechanism by which organizations perform better.
- Innovation in the Classroom: Inspiring CreativityHow do we teach students to become innovative thinkers? Through exploration and experimentation. In this final part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, talk about ways to foster innovation in the high school classroom. They address several questions from teachers in hopes of getting at the heart of encouraging more risk-taking and creativity, as well as helping educators become catalysts for change.
- An Intelligent Glove, a Smartphone App and a Teen’s Perspective on What's Missing in SchoolJake Coppinger, 17, has always loved technology. When he didn’t get the type of experimentation he was looking for in high school, he began to explore bigger and better ways of creating things on his own. The result? Swirlesque, an intelligent glove that can recognize hand gestures and communicate with a Smartphone to connect to any Internet-enabled device. Coppinger discusses the power of innovative thinking, both inside and outside the classroom.
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