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Innovation Inspiration — #1: The Inaugural Issue

Innovation Inspiration
Innovation Inspiration — #1: The Inaugural Issue
By Lucy Gray • Issue #1 • View online

Let me re-introduce myself! My name is Lucy Gray, and I’m a long-time educator and aficionado of social media and innovation.
Recently, I’ve re-entered the world of education consulting and am presently exploring new methods of communicating, including Substack, Crowdcast, and a few other tools. In addition, I’m thinking about the most efficient and productive way to share information with friends and colleagues and perhaps get paid for my work.
For the last several years, as a service to the education community, I’ve been auto-publishing two newsletters in, a great tool that curates content for me and posts it to social media. The Global Education Report pulls content from my Global Education list on Twitter and speakers at my previous Global Education Conferences; the other has been the High Expectations Daily, which pulls content from my favorite sources on Twitter. I have personally really loved these curated papers as they provide fresh, up-to-date content in one place so that I can stay on top of topics that interest me.
I pay over $100 every year for each of these publications, however. Paying for an upgrade allows me to customize the news sources for these daily publications completely. With a little more elbow grease, I think I can curate content myself from my newsreader,, Refind (an intriguing news tool I found via Revue by Twitter), and social media accounts. Now that I’m back in a consulting role, I think I have time to fit more curation and writing into my daily routine.
So I am letting go of one of my papers, the High Expectations Daily. The Global Education Report will continue as usual, but my innovation-focused daily publication will be put to bed in August. Perhaps if the price had been more reasonable or if I had found out that I could publish a paper to a revenue-generating source, I would have kept this paper.
For right now, it seems to make sense to try publishing in one of the many free tools that exist and tie into existing social media platforms. For example, this edition is published via Revue by Twitter. By the way, one of my most favorite resources for learning about fabulous productivity tools is Jeremy Caplan’s Wonder Tools on Substack. Jeremy needs to do an issue just devoted to newsletter tools! I’d love to see someone dissect the pros and cons of Substack, Medium, and newsletters created for Twitter and LinkedIn, for example.
At any rate, my goal is to publish something simple every few days that points to intriguing resources related to innovation, particularly in education. So let’s see how that goes! Today’s edition focuses on what I am reading on Twitter this week. Follow me at @elemenous on Twitter, too, while you’re at it!
Tweets Catching My Attention
Designers at Apple, MoMA, and more share the podcasts they never miss
What if we introduced a new way of doing research and development in education, taking the best of what we know about learning and teaching and combined it with the best of what we know about generating innovative solutions? #k12 #education
This district settled on financial literacy and social justice as unifying themes of their math curriculum. What would work for your district?
“The emphasis on learning loss risks overshadowing the invaluable—if counterintuitive—learning gains of both teachers and students throughout the past year.” This project asks students to reflect on the lessons of living through a pandemic.
Fast Co. Creativity
Got a pile of random Lego? This amazing app tells you what you can build
Fast Co. Impact
These extraordinary satellite photos give just a hint of the extent to which humans have transformed the planet
"Using Connected Learning’s language to examine the Youth Voices program has helped us both frame the program’s success and find a formula for future projects." Connecting with Youth through Authenticity and Collaboration #YouthVoice
Pandemics -- such as the 1918 influenza and Covid-19 pandemics -- significantly affect how we work, play and socialize. These are the changes likely to stick around in the aftermath of Covid-19.
Foreign Policy
"The Ground Breaking” reconstructs the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre—and what followed in the decades after—with an authority earned by decades of dogged research, FP’s @Hadavas writes.
.@TimothyDSnyder's piece from @NYTmag, he connects the dots perfectly from #CriticalRaceTheory bans to the dissolution of democracy. A very important read.
OECD Education
💻📱 To narrow the digital divide, governments must invest in:

✅ Digital infrastructure
✅ Equipment for schools and students
✅ Affordable, open-sourced, accessible #EdTech solutions

More on the #NewFrontiersForEducation 👉
AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning:
"Instead of pushing from behind like bosses do, or pulling from ahead like leaders do, builders let go and stop trying to force or persuade." -Robyn Jackson

Are you thinking like a builder? Learn more about buildership: #LikeABuilder
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