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First thoughts on metrics for a Director of Innovation

The freedoms of the Tin Can API

Statement freedom: the structure of “statements” using nouns, verbs and objects lets you record almost any activity. Think: “I did this.”

History freedom: the Tin Can API allows LRSs to talk to each other. LRSs can share data and transcripts with one another, and your experiences can follow you from one LRS (or organization) to another. Learners can even have their own “personal data lockers” with their personal learning information inside them.

Device freedom: any enabled device can send Tin Can API statements (mobile phones, simulations, games, a CPR dummy, the list goes on). A constant network connection isn’t necessary — occasional connectivity is fine.

Workflow freedom: tracking learning events doesn’t have to start or end in an LMS, it can start wherever the learner is and on whatever device they choose to use. Your content isn’t tied to an LMS.

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"We find that innovators consistently demonstrate a high Q/A ratio, where questions (Q) not only outnumber answers (A) in a typical conversation, but are valued at least as highly as good answers."  Should we be trying to drive up the number of good questions in meetings, in classes, and in casual conversations at our schools?

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HTML5 adds many new syntactic features. These include the new <video>, <audio> and <canvas> elements, as well as the integration of scalable vector graphics (SVG) content (that replaces the uses of generic <object> tags) and MathML for mathematical formulas. These features are designed to make it easy to include and handle multimedia and graphical content on the web without having to resort to proprietary plugins and APIs

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Here is our Algebra I pilot at The Haverford School of the Mathematics Homework and Practice System.  Please login and give it a try.  (request an ID from Joe)

Interested in attaching your LRS (Learning Record Store) to your LMS (Learning Management System)?  

In "The Innovator's DNA", Dyer, Gergersen, and Chirstensen refer to five skills: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting.  I propose that as individuals with responsibility to innovate, we focus on developing metrics to promote these five skills in our daily work.
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