Ms. Jennifer Coon from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board shared her experience with the Education for Innovation grade 1-8 teacher resources. Ms. Coon focused on Ingenious Innovations Module Grade 7. Find out how she adapted the E4I Resources for Medical Innovations here:
In grade 7, the focus is on Medical Innovations, therefore, Ms. Coon used the Ingenious Module as a way to help students understand Canadian Medical Innovations. The grade 7 innovators had to make connections to how the innovations made life happier, safer and healthier.
Ms. Coon took the ideas of various lesson plans from the resource and created “My own Minds on/ Activation task” for students to focus on exploring different medical innovations.
Students had to ‘Inquire’ a selected medical innovation and the Canadian Innovator. They explored the pros and cons of their selected innovation to discover its impact and how it makes a difference in the world and challenges that the innovation may have. Students were impressed with the number of innovations that came from Canadians and were able to understand the significance of Canadians in the world.
As the focus was on making the world, happier, healthier and safer. Innovators were asked to take an existing object and improve it focusing on these criteria. Afterwards, to make connections to Media Literacy, students were asked to create an infomercial to sell their product to the class. In order to encourage the incubation process students were given a peer assessment to give their fellow innovators ways to improve their innovation one more.