Faculty & Staff Perspective: Collaborate, Innovate, Repeat

Faculty & Staff Perspective: Collaborate, Innovate, Repeat

The focus at Sacred Heart Greenwich this fall has been on the school-wide theme of joyful learning. Goal II, a deep respect for intellectual values, describes this joyful learning by saying that “curricular and co-curricular programs integrate innovation and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, the exploration of energy technologies and critical evaluation of information.” But what does that all mean for faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis? Ellyn Stewart, Director of Media Studies, Design & Innovation, hopes to help bring that all to life.

Ms. Stewart’s first order of business in bringing joyful learning into the new on-campus Innovation Lab was to host an Innovation Lab Mixer. On Wednesday, October 13th, faculty and staff gathered to learn more about where all the magic happens while simultaneously promoting collaboration and community-building across divisions.

“Head of School Mrs. Frazier charged us as educators to imagine how we might cultivate connections across divisions and departments,” Ms. Stewart reflected. “I was thrilled to see more than 30 faculty members from all three divisions gather to explore curricular collaborations and to practice media literacy and Makerspace activities that will drive imaginative and innovative student learning.” 

During the Mixer, Karl Haeseler, the director of Educational Technology, and Deanna George, the Middle School Coordinator of Educational Technology, led cross-divisional groups of faculty and staff through the Makerspace to explore VR technology and educational apps. Some of these apps included 3D exploration of National Geographic; Tiltbrush, an artistic expression app; and Mondly, an interactive World Language app. Angela Carstensen, the director of Library and Information Services, presented on checkology lesson plans, from the News Literacy Project that is currently used for weekly Middle School Media Literacy lessons. 

It’s safe to say that all divisions and departments were able to get involved and find ways to use this innovative technology to their advantage. The Innovation Lab Mixer proved that the Lab isn’t only a place for Sacred Heart students to transform into creators, media makers, digital citizens, critical thinkers, and transformational leaders, but also somewhere that Sacred Heart educators can get a piece of the action, as well. We can’t wait to see how this new addition to our Media Studies, Innovation & Design department continues to spread joyful learning across all divisions and disciplines.

Check back for updates on student work coming out of the Innovation Lab and in the meantime, see photos from the Innovation Lab Mixer on SmugMug!



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