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What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour. We’re in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue. We’re in a depressing era in which innovation has slowed and living standards are barely rising. That’s what some skeptical economists believe. The truth is, this isn’t a debate that can be settled objectively.

Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones? You could argue for any of them, and data can tell plenty of different stories depending on how you look at it. We thought a better way to understand the significance of technological change would be to walk through how Americans lived, ate, traveled, and clothed and entertained themselves in 1870, 1920, 1970 and the present. The Civil War was over and a transcontinental railway newly completed, allowing easy (or at least easier) passage from the great cities of the East Coast to California and many points between. They ate pork. Innovation: Recent History. One of today’s hottest trends is fostering innovation. It’s real important!

There are books, conferences, certified experts and all sorts of things. Let’s do two things: (1) look at the origins of today’s acknowledged tech leaders; and (2) see how those tech leaders innovate today. What would we find if we looked at the origins of some important organizations that took the market by storm, grew rapidly and became part of the modern landscape? Did they come from people following the popular methods for fostering innovation? Let’s look at some big, successful tech companies, and find out how they got started. It came out of some large organization that followed modern innovation methods. I’ve already discussed the cases of Microsoft, Facebook and Oracle here. Maybe they’re the exceptions! Apple. Why all the college drop-outs? A pattern seems to be emerging here. Now that these companies are big and successful, surely they are great at innovation, right? They try, in various ways. Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers. Reaching Beyond the Adult Education Classroom with Technology – Digital Promise.

| by Digital Promise Growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico, Octaviano was forced to leave school before completing the first grade. For the next 20 years, his only “academic skill” was the ability to write his own name. A seasonal farm hand, Octaviano continued that work when he moved to the United States, until an accident left him unable to. It was then that he decided to learn English and work toward becoming a U.S. citizen. To help students like Octaviano, adult education programs across the country are finding new approaches that incorporate simple technologies to engage students outside of the traditional classroom. Taking the Teacher to the Student While the idea of a mobile teaching lab is not necessarily new, our Beacon site in New York, Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (ONBOCES), takes the concept to a new level.

“It’s really kind of wild,” Chuck Diemert, ONBOCES’ Literacy Zone Coordinator, said. Taking the Tech to the Student Taking the Learning to the Student. The Future is Without Apps — Fwd: Thoughts. The Future is Without Apps How we may soon no longer need to install apps with help from Google and Surprisingly: Apple. “There’s an App for That.” It’s the trademarked slogan that defined the mobile world since 2008. Surely, apps seemed to be the way to go. Coding bootcamps that claimed to teach you app development chops within weeks popped up everywhere; products used commercials to go out of their way and show off their new apps; heck, even that family restaurant around the block got its own menu app built.

With the release of the App store in 2008, Apple was the first to popularize the idea of nicely packaged, downloadable applications on your phone. However, this concept of centralized software distribution isn’t actually new. People don’t care how it all works, they just want to throw birds at pigs and show off their #nofilter selfies. “OK Sherlock, So What’s Wrong?” Nothing. Delivery and Discoverability The problem is twofold. App Linking and Indexing Works, But Not Good Enough. Forbes Welcome. New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are. Lytro's new Cinema camera could mean the end of green screen.

Lytro has only just begun its mission to become a leader in professional VR cameras, but it's already looking to disrupt regular film production, too. The Lytro Cinema camera puts the company's fancy light-field technology into a normal film camera. To call the camera "normal" is really a misnomer, though, since the specs on this thing are anything but: It can capture footage at a ridiculous 755 megapixels per frame, at 300 frames per second.

But that's not what makes the Lytro Cinema special. By capturing detailed depth and direction information of all incoming light, the camera unlocks a host of abilities that can usually only be done with expensive post-production, if at all. Since Lytro's tech basically captures all the 3D information in a scene, the imagery is unusually friendly to CGI. The camera basically turns any scene into a green screen. Even better, the Lytro Cinema could mean the end of green screen. With the Lytro, the need for green screen goes away. 3 soon-to-be social media trends you can profit on. What is the next big wave of social media? Maybe it’s Peach — or another hot new social network. Maybe it’s a strategy like posting times or text faces. F**k it, we'll do it live! Our biggest ever edition of TNW Conference is fast approaching! Join 10,000 tech leaders this May in Amsterdam. It’s really hard to say! (And yet here I am saying it…) To ride the wave of the next big thing in social media, it often takes a lot of trial-and-error, a good deal of trendspotting, and some courage to try new things. 1.

You can buy stuff straight from your News Feed! E-commerce has felt a bit like a missing piece from the social media feeds. This is already in the works in some moderate ways, on sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Pinterest has a “Buy It” option on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, where you can buy Pinned products directly from Pinterest. Here’s a preview of how the process works: And you might be familiar with Domino’s pizza emoji tweet?

Yep, Twitter shopping is a thing, too. Ontario’s mission to Silicon Valley: Why mayors are talking innovation. John Tory is Mayor of Toronto. Berry Vrbanovic is Mayor of Kitchener, Ont. In a boardroom at the Toronto offices of Shopify in February, our region’s top tech minds were asked what they could do to help government foster innovation. It was at that point that one participant of our co-hosted event stopped us. We don’t need to do something, he said – you do. In order to demonstrate that government is serious about innovation and economic growth along the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, it’s cities that need to take bold action. He was right, of course. This was the impetus of a joint mission we took this week to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, along with Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig and representatives of innovation centres Communitech and MaRS. We weren’t there to compare ourselves to Silicon Valley.

Toronto has the most PhDs in artificial intelligence, a field that is transforming industry. But our trip made it clear there’s much more work to be done. The Single Most Important Skill Of Great Innovators. If You Want To Innovate, Learn These 9 Rules. Image credit: Pixabay On December 9th, 1968, a research project funded by the US Department of Defense launched a revolution. The focus was not a Cold War adversary or even a resource rich banana republic, but rather to “augment human intellect” and the man driving it was not a general, but a mild mannered engineer named Douglas Engelbart.

So who deserves credit? Engelbart for coming up with the idea? Taylor and Kay for engineering solutions around it? Rule 1: Innovation Is Never A Single Event Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, but it wasn’t until 15 years later, in 1943, that the miracle drug came into widespread use. We tend to think of innovation as arising from a single brilliant flash of insight, but the truth is that it is a drawn out process involving the discovery of an insight, the engineering a solution and then the transformation of an industry or field. Rule 2: Innovation Is Combination This isn’t the exception, but the norm.

Clearly, no one method can suffice. Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong About Uber And Disruptive Innovation. Silicon Valley has disrupted disruptive innovation, and Clayton Christensen isn’t happy about it. Christensen vaulted to rock-star status in the tech world in 1995 when he introduced the theory of disruptive innovation in the Harvard Business Review (HBR). Two years later, he published his bestselling book, The Innovator’s Dilemma. His work was widely praised, including glowing endorsements from Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Bloomberg and Steve Jobs. And rightly so. The concept of disruptive innovation was a hugely important breakthrough in understanding how and why major innovations succeed. Yet, two decades after Christensen published his original article, the idea of disruptive innovation has achieved almost meme-like status in Silicon Valley — and lost much of its original meaning in the process.

Dismayed by this misuse of his work, Christensen recently wrote a reply to his critics, titled “What Is Disruptive Innovation?” To prove his point, Christensen uses Uber as an example. If You Want To Innovate, Learn These 9 Rules. Image credit: Pixabay On December 9th, 1968, a research project funded by the US Department of Defense launched a revolution.

The focus was not a Cold War adversary or even a resource rich banana republic, but rather to “augment human intellect” and the man driving it was not a general, but a mild mannered engineer named Douglas Engelbart. So who deserves credit? Engelbart for coming up with the idea? Rule 1: Innovation Is Never A Single Event Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, but it wasn’t until 15 years later, in 1943, that the miracle drug came into widespread use. We tend to think of innovation as arising from a single brilliant flash of insight, but the truth is that it is a drawn out process involving the discovery of an insight, the engineering a solution and then the transformation of an industry or field. Rule 2: Innovation Is Combination This isn’t the exception, but the norm. Rule 3: First, Ask The Right Questions Clearly, no one method can suffice.

Innovation: The Attacker's Advantage. If you believe Thomas Kuhn’s theory outlined in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, then the pace of change happens slowly at first and then all at once. Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage, an out-of-print book from 1984 takes a timeless look at this theory and applies it to innovation. This is the Innovator’s Dilemma long before the innovator’s dilemma. The perspective of Richard Foster, the book’s author, is that there is a battle going on in the marketplace between innovators (or attackers) and defenders (who want to maintain their existing advantage). Some companies have more good years than bad years.

It is about the inexorable and yet stealthy challenge of new technology and the economics of sub situation which force companies to behave like the mythical phoenix, a bird that periodically crashed to earth in order to rejuvenate itself. The book isn’t about improving process but rather changing your mindset. Henry Ford understood this mindset. The S-Curve Understanding Limits. What Is Disruptive Innovation? The theory of disruptive innovation, introduced in these pages in 1995, has proved to be a powerful way of thinking about innovation-driven growth.

Many leaders of small, entrepreneurial companies praise it as their guiding star; so do many executives at large, well-established organizations, including Intel, Southern New Hampshire University, and Salesforce.com. Unfortunately, disruption theory is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success. Despite broad dissemination, the theory’s core concepts have been widely misunderstood and its basic tenets frequently misapplied. Furthermore, essential refinements in the theory over the past 20 years appear to have been overshadowed by the popularity of the initial formulation. There’s another troubling concern: In our experience, too many people who speak of “disruption” have not read a serious book or article on the subject. This article is part of an effort to capture the state of the art. Is Uber a Disruptive Innovation? 1. 2. 3. 4. Book Review - What Technology Wants - By Kevin Kelly. In “What Technology Wants,” Kelly provides an engaging journey through the history of “the technium,” a term he uses to describe the “global, massively interconnected system of technology vibrating around us,” extending “beyond shiny hardware to include culture, art, social institutions and intellectual creations of all types.”

We learn, for instance, that our hunter-gatherer ancestors, despite their technological limitations, may have worked as little as three to four hours a day. Since then, the technium has grown exponentially: while colonial American households boasted fewer than 100 objects, Kelly’s own home contains, by his reckoning, more than 10,000. As Kelly is a gadget-phile by trade (and an affluent American to boot), this index probably inflates the current predominance of technology and its products, but a thoroughly mundane statistic makes the same point: a typical supermarket now offers more than 48,000 different items.

So far, so good. Disruptive innovation. Sustaining innovations are typically innovations in technology, whereas disruptive innovations cause changes to markets. For example, the automobile was a revolutionary technological innovation, but it was not a disruptive innovation, because early automobiles were expensive luxury items that did not disrupt the market for horse-drawn vehicles. The market for transportation essentially remained intact until the debut of the lower priced Ford Model T in 1908. The mass-produced automobile was a disruptive innovation, because it changed the transportation market. The automobile, by itself, was not. The current theoretical understanding of disruptive innovation is different from what might be expected by default, an idea that Clayton M.

Christensen called the "technology mudslide hypothesis". The work of Christensen and others during the 2000s has addressed the question of what firms can do to avoid displacement brought on by technological disruption. History and usage of the term[edit] New Book Redefines Innovation: The Innovative Mindset Imparts Set of Behaviors That Can... -- MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 14, 2015.

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When the curtain goes up, improvisational comedy actors step into their roles as master innovators, working without a script. For the past 15 years, John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska have shared those razor-sharp improv-based behaviors and skills with hundreds of top companies, demonstrating how living in the mindset of discovery can ignite a culture of innovation.

Photo - Photo - And now they've explored those critical behaviors in The Innovative Mindset: 5 Behaviors for Accelerating Breakthroughs (ISBN: 978-1-119-16128-8; Wiley; Oct. 26, 2015; $25), which reevaluates the nature of innovation as a set of behaviors you cultivate – rather than a corporate-defined initiative or inflexible theory. "If anyone can help you change your mindset, it's the team of John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska. Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies.

Throwing the Books at Generational Segmentation. Why Teach Digital Citizenship. Why Out-Of-The-Box Business Collaboration Is The Next Big Thing In Innovation. Uk.businessinsider. How Robotics is Transforming STEM in Elementary Schools - Getting Smart by Guest Author - coding, competitions, hour of code, robotics, STEM. What does innovation in education look like? A new program to find out. Gartner, IDC and Forrester on the Future of Digital Transformation. The Shift from Transactional Commerce to Relationship Commerce. 27 Meaningful Ways to Use EdTech & Make Your Classes Extra Awesome This Year!

High Possibility Classrooms: Student Agency Through Technology-Enhanced Learning. 6 Strategies For Building A Culture of Innovation. Isaac Asimov on How To Discover New Ideas. Isaac Asimov on How To Discover New Ideas. These are Google’s 4 best practices for fostering creativity and innovation. OER Mythbusting! | Busting myths about open education. Why Hackathons Are Bad For Innovation. 5 Phrases Every Leader Should Overuse | AJ Agrawal.

The innovation spectrum. Many CEOs Aren’t Breakthrough Innovators (and That’s OK) She's Changing the Way Our Kids Surf the Internet | Hilal Isler. Why We Need Intentional Innovation in Education. What Cutting Edge Looks Like In A School In 2015. SAPVoice: Sometimes, True Innovation Is A Lump Of Iron. Reddit_and_academics_higher_education_s_next_frontier. The Roads of the Future Are Hollow, Replaceable, and Made of Plastic. 8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department. The Mindset of the Maker Educator. Dear ISTE (reprised) Leading Innovation for Systemic Change | Working at the edge. Why technology is not a synonym for innovation. Is the seat-back movie about to die out? Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools? What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years.

Marketing and the Internet of Things, closer than you think. Lifelong learning should play a role in Global Citizenship Education - European Association for the Education of Adults. The 4D Future of Stuff. 5 Exploding Niches Within Tech. 5 Exploding Niches Within Tech. 5 Innovations From The Past Decade That Aim To Change The American Classroom. If you want teachers to innovate, don't train them using a sage on a stage | Teacher Network. Dawn of the cyborgs: how humans will turn themselves into gods | Science. How The Raspberry Pi Sparked A Maker Revolution. Straight Bodybuilders Speak Out Against LGBT Bullying in Powerful Video | Raymond Braun. To Reimagine Education, We Must Make Ourselves the Target | Sam Chaltain. 32 Innovative (Free!) Online Educational Tools to Try in 2015. How Unconventional, Experiential Learning Is Reshaping Higher Education.

How Unconventional, Experiential Learning Is Reshaping Higher Education. Uk.businessinsider. What Makes A Great Innovative CEO? - In Photos: Advice From The Most Innovative Leaders. The World's First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do. 7 Top Futurists Make Some Pretty Surprising Predictions About What The Next Decade Will Bring. In the age of disruptive innovation, adaptability is what matters most. The eight essentials of innovation.

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How Wireless Technology Is Empowering Parents, Teachers, And Students. A Beautiful Illustration of The Impact of Technology on Education. This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons' Teachers in diverse areas are learning how to promote programming. Apple Emerges As A Promising Internet Of Things Platform At CES 2015. ISTE Standards: Preparing students for the digital age. These Are the Most Ingenious Gadgets From CES 2015. Everyday Hustlin’ 2015 Calendar. Phold Container. I shipped in 2014 - you can too. Narrative Unveils the Clip 2 Wearable Camera. Anthropomorphic Technology: Making Online Education Social. Predictions for K-12 Education in 2015 | Pearson Blog. The End of Sitting - Projects – RAAAF.