The further Aorere College travels on its learning journey (aoreredigital.com), the more I see the importance of people, pedagogy and then devices being the priorities. Often innovation does not have to be something completely new to a school. More effectively (arguably), successful and sustainable innovation comes from the spreading of a pre-existing initiative or strategy that has kept quiet for too long by one or two individuals! In every school, we have the "nutty professors", those that have a fear of failure but an even greater desire to succeed, to innovate for themselves and primarily their students.
For innovation to really take flight in schools, it takes teams but also a degree of arrogance that "this will work, no matter what." People tend to quickly dismiss something innovative and dismiss it immediately not because they believe it won't work but in my opinion, because it just might. Teachers en masse tend to practice somewhat conservatively in the classroom context. It is often isolating and indeed lonely being someone who feels the need to innovate and sees the future now but is not surrounded by like-minded people. Considering we are only a country of approximately 4 1/2 million people, for an innovator to survive in isolation is not tenable long-term. It is almost as if we need actual positions in schools aka Specialist Classroom Teachers, titled "innovators" or our school term "nutty professors"
Innovation must also be preoccupied with the thinking and doing journey over the destination, the "how" and "why" as much as the "what". If teachers accept that they have no real option of not being part of the innovation journey and that the destination is now no longer the priority, schools will become innovation hubs and a greatly improved context for innovators to not just survive, but thrive as well.
Not every teacher has to be an outrageous high risk-taking daredevil. However, what is now essential for teachers to stay relevant in 2016 and beyond is that their learning space must be considerate and open to innovation. Even if the teachers don't bring it, our no-fear students certainly; something I increasingly enjoy, look forward to whole-heartedly embrace.