Crowdsourcing with InnovateK12 allows your community to take stock of current challenges, anticipate emerging challenges, and creatively ideate to think differently and boldly about education. By engaging in a crowdsourcing initiative in your school or district, you are creating a new and revitalized education narrative, and committing to creating the innovative and equitable education that we must guarantee for every child.
The InnovateK12 innovation platform creates a space where people can transparently share and socialize around ideas, and where crowd-based value-rating can be used to identify top ideas and solutions. Throughout each campaign, crowd-based divergent thinking is combined with crowd-based convergent voting to produce and identify quick solutions and new, innovative ideas. When participants actively view, comment and rate ideas, there is an organic socialization around the ideas. This type of engagement provides incentive and opportunity for the author of the idea to incorporate feedback and new information in order to improve the idea.
There are two distinct phases in crowdsourcing; Ideation and Collaboration (divergent thinking) and Idea Voting (convergent thinking). Each phase is described below.
Ideation and Collaboration
The first part of the process is a divergent process called Ideation and Collaboration. Divergent thinking is a process that encourages multiple possible solutions in order to generate creative and innovative ideas. The goal is for participants to read and interact with ideas in order to come up with new ideas. This is fun.
Participants will submit, "like", and comment on ideas. We recommend that idea owners continue to edit and update their idea throughout this phase, based on the comments and feedback from participants. Ideas will advance based on popularity and idea rating ("likes").
The next phase is Idea Voting. This phase is a convergent process, as the crowd works to converge on, or identify, the best ideas. This is also fun. InnovateK12 uses a voting process that pairs two ideas against one another. At the end of this phase, all ideas will be ranked in priority order and top ideas will be identified.
Participants will log in during this phase to voting. Voting is not a single event but a repetitive event where two ideas are presented and you choose the idea that best answers the question posed.
Top Ideas and Solutions
We believe that out of each crowdsourcing campaign comes critical insight and information. The consensus building power of the crowdsourcing process provides school and district leaders with desirable ideas that can be used to shape the future of education.
We know that innovation can be lonely. But we also know that each crowdsourcing campaign galvanize an army of innovators and provides them with the inspiration to push the boundaries of education.