Writing, AOPEC, and Innovation

A note recently came across my screen reminding me of an old story that Hemingway ¬†famously wrote 500 words a day. For me, 2014 needs to be a year of writing. And writing of anything, but in particular things related to my dissertation. The dissertation topics will come soon, but in due time. For now, […]

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Leadership and Learning in a New America

Recently, I found a few copies of Popular Science magazine dated from the 1950’s. What I found remarkable was not the new products created by large companies, but the sheer number of innovations to existing technologies presented. It was not the biggest and newest and most sophisticated, but the little innovations often by ordinary people. […]

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Innovation saves Jack from the Giant

Well, not really, but I just had to post a paragraph from Devendra Sahal’s classic paper, Technological guideposts and innovation avenues (ref below). Sahal brings classic literature into an economic treatise on innovation and weaves the story to accurately make his point. It’s brilliant! We are therefore assured that contrary to the narrative of Jack […]

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Backyard Innovation: Cancer Teatment

In this day and age, it seems we expect medical and high tech innovations to come from academic or industry research laboratories. John Kanzius is a great example of backyard science and how innovation can happen when disciplines cross. His story has already been reported at Popular Science. While no formally trained as an engineer […]

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Innovative Networks and Twine

Innovation is spurred by getting the right people together at the right time. Entrepreneurship is built on collective ideas and knowledge of bringing innovation to market. Rarely is it from a single mind working alone. The key is getting the right minds together. We know a few things about what makes innovation and entrepreneurship successful. […]

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Education technology Diffusion, part 2.

Continuing with the perceived attributes of innovation (previous post)… 2. Compatibility. Back to the realization that some great technologies out there are incompatible with current modalities of teaching and learning. I would love to see more Web2.0 tools in the classrooms, but these tools require (gasp!) collaboration and creativity, neither of which are part of […]

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Education Technology Diffusion

I’ve started reading Everett Rogers, Diffusion of Innovation. What a great book! It’s got my brain spinning and making some strong connections to our work at the K20 Center. First, I really like his definition of innovation: An innovation is an idea, practice, or object that is perceived as new by an individual or other […]

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