Innovating the Toolkit
At InnovateK12 we are used to courageous leadership.
We are used to innovative thinking.
So we weren't surprised when Laura Moore, Instructional Leader in the Research & Design Lab at Upper Arlington High School, inquired about a creative way to use the InnovateK12 Toolkit.
Upper Arlington City Schools had already run their high school staff innovation event, "The Idea Hunt", in the fall and so I was intrigued, and excited to work closely with the UA team again.
Laura wrote in her email to us:
"Another idea emerged yesterday. As you know, we are building a new high school. With that comes the process of selecting furniture. Our architects met with Andrew [Principal, Upper Arlington High School] and our central office staff, and brainstormed ideas about how to elevate student voice in the selection of furniture. They suggested doing a visioning activity with our student innovation team. Because of how supportive Andrew is of the InnovateK12 Toolkit, he threw out the consideration of putting the student innovation team recommendations into a pairwise event that would be open to 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students. It was an entirely new approach, but they supported it, so I wanted to reach out and get your thoughts."
One thing I really love about InnovateK12, is that we get to try new things all the time.
This was Eric's response:
We quickly replied to Laura that we love their thinking and would be happy to tweak the InnovateK12 Toolkit to meet their innovative request. The turn-around time was quick but while a typical event includes a submission phase where participants enter their own ideas, we would pre-load all of the furniture options into this "Furniture Hunt". Then, once students logged in, they would only see a voting phase.
This was easy enough and seemed to be a great way to elevate student voice in the design of their learning environment.
The voting event included two categories of furniture:
And when students logged in, this is what they saw:
Ultimately, this unique, quick turn-around event became a high engagement event.
Two Week Pairwise Voting Event
775 NEW Student Participants in Grades 7-10
71 Furniture Images Uploaded to Event
26,257 Pairwise Votes Cast
The results were fun to see. I love that the three last place items look like our schools today.
And finally, check out the top furniture from each category: