Technological vs. Learning Innovation

Technological vs. Learning Innovation
Project Kits for classroom use.
Examples: Maker Space, NICERC, Lego Learning
Project Kits supported by project-based instructions, software, hardware, networking, sequenced curriculum, targeted brain-based skills acquisition and facilitate learning strategies.
Examples: SMART Lab
Individual project kits for classroom or school use provide positive variety to the classroom or school, but do not provide the sustained engagement needed to build and improve student 21st Century skills and subsequent brain development.
Sustained engagement, like that experienced in a SMART Lab, consistently and significantly increases student achievement in Math, Science and English.
Project kits can be used effectively for specific, subject-based course assignments, and are useful in unsupervised settings, i.e. library.
SMART Lab approach can be used independent of other classrooms or can be part of a blended learning curriculum.
Course and administrative management systems.
Examples: Google docs, Office 365
Learning management systems.
Examples: Buzz, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology
The purpose of a course or administrative management system is to support the transfer of information and communication.
The purpose of a learning management system is to support a relationship between teacher and student and to provide facts (data) in order that formative assessments are accurate, and interventions are appropriate and effective.
A CMS is used to store and/or facilitate the sharing of content. An LMS, when used by a trained instructor, is instrumental in accurately monitoring individual student progress, adapting and personalizing content to individual students, and supporting instructor interventions and mentoring.

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