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Innovation 101: Lesson One
What Is Innovation?
Featuring interviews with some of the greatest American innovators--from Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay to Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Steve Wozniak, and more—participants can explore the meaning of innovation. The lesson starts by asking students to define innovation in their own words. They’ll have a chance to watch a video and listen to many innovators defining what innovation means to them. Written assignments encourage critical thinking and group discussion.
What is innovation?
Use first column of Activity Sheet 1–What do I know?
Assemble students into cooperative groups of no more than four. Their task is to define innovation in one of the following ways:
List of five to ten words
Other way of their own choosing
Do a “gallery walk” to allow students to see other groups’ work.
Explore More Individual Activity
Look at the list of innovators that are featured on the overview video. Use Activity Sheet 2 to record how the featured innovators describe innovation. Jot down what you remember from watching or listening.
Use Resource Sheet 1 to confirm or modify your observations.
Create a succinct class definition by combining various definitions of innovation. Use the middle column of Activity Sheet 1–What did I learn? Also use the last column of Activity Sheet 1–What more do I want to know?
Build your innovation vocabulary by using Resource Sheet 2–Master Glossary for Innovation.