As a teacher, parent, student, administrator or eNoob, what do you think the eNoob mission is or should be? Is our mission worked on independently or with others?
I believe our mission is to inspire and/or lead innovation and effective uses of educational technology. This blunt mission is made complex and (what I perceive to be) comprehensive by looking at the intersection of inspiring and leading.
The intersection creates varying degrees of modelling and collaborating, which also speaks to the varying degrees of working independently and with others.
Some situations would call for a greater need to inspire and other situations would call for a greater need to lead. A need to inspire innovation may involve greater modeling and therefore less collaboration. A need to lead innovation (or change related to edtech) may involve both collaborating and modeling. Using the chart below, let me try to explain an example of an eNoob initiative: implementing and rolling out Google Apps for Education in K-12 school. In my case, I am seeing this as an example of leading innovation/change. I would look at the “lead” column and circle 2 for “model” and 1 for “collaborate” to try to achieve a successful roll out.
|Inspire + Lead|
|Model||1 / 2|
|Collaborate||1 / 2|
I see all situations in which I work in within this combination of inspiring and leading which can be accomplished through a combination of modeling and collaborating. To evaluate my definition of the eNoob mission, I am asking you to try to apply a few of your work scenarios to this chart. In doing so, do you feel these four verbs comprehensively describe your mission and how your accomplish it? Are there other crucial verbs missing and if so, what would they be?
My aim in developing a visual mission is to help myself and others on my team to see their work through these lenses in order to better prepare, evaluate and reflect on their practice. My hope in doing this exercise is to better help create common language around our mission and to help each other create successful innovations and effective edtech practice.
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