A Day in the Life of a BPhl Innovation Festival Attendee

This was a long week, but I wish it were longer. And that is due to the B.Phl Innovation festival. Centered at the Independence Blue Cross (IBX) building (1901 Market), with Ground Zero being the IBX Innovation Center on the 13th and 14th floors. However, the festival spread out around the city, from the UniversityContinue reading “A Day in the Life of a BPhl Innovation Festival Attendee”

I have been to the Mountain Top…

I ran across this article today and was reminded of some of the background work that went into the creation of inNOVAtion Lab.  In the summer of 2015, accompanied by my superintendent and our STEM coordinator, I visited Lehigh’s Mountain Top Program.  We were led through the space by Dr. Sarah Stanlick.  The immensity ofContinue reading “I have been to the Mountain Top…”

Who’s Telling Your Story?

Today the students in NOVA Lab got a chance to hear from the undergraduate director of Industrial Design at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Phil Holcombe.  Phil is also the principal designer at the Educational Design Consultancy, Form & Faculty. The students’ first real-world design challenge is to help create the brand and storyContinue reading “Who’s Telling Your Story?”

NOVA Lab–Procedural Info: Grading

Many of you know that I have been shifting, slowly and imperfectly, from using grades (a habit born of . . . oh . . . a lifetime of being graded, earning grades, needing the approval of others, and, of course, “giving grades.” For years I played that game, and I was (am) GOOD atContinue reading “NOVA Lab–Procedural Info: Grading”

Early Divisions & Design for Community

On Wednesday, August 28, just the third day of school, I offered to connect one section of my inNOVAtion Lab courses with an online community called “Modern Learners.”  (More information about them is found here.)  I’ve been a member of the community since its inception, and if you are an educator, you ought to checkContinue reading “Early Divisions & Design for Community”