Educational innovation is about designing curriculum,
instructional practices, and learning environments
that will prepare students to succeed in a world of rapid
technological advancements and ever-changing challenges.
It involves transforming – in both small and large ways
– what happens in the classroom, based on new research
about how humans learn and construct knowledge.
As a student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education,
Bonnie studied at the MIT Media Lab. “The Media Lab is
an extraordinary place, a cognitive playland, where the
future is invented and prototyped every day,” says Bonnie.
Inspired by its radically interdisciplinary approach and
blend of physical and computational media, Bonnie created
her own version of a cognitive playland at Mark Day School
in 2000, on the cutting edge of the maker movement.
Today, Bonnie oversees Mark Day’s media, technology,
and innovation programs, teaching kindergarten through
eighth grade students to question, investigate, collaborate,
design, and create in order to envision and invent
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Bonnie Nishihara, Assistant Head and Director of Educational Design + Innovation at Mark Day School
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