This engaging video conveys key aspects of innovation for students. It explores the meaning and the process of innovation, why it’s important for New Zealand and how skills and attitudes needed for an innovative society can be fostered from a young age.
Innovation. It’s a word that we hear a lot today. What’s it all about?
Innovation can be hard to explain as it’s used by a lot of people to describe a lot of different things.
Is innovation only about big changes – or could it be about small steps?
Is it just about new ideas – or can it be about improved ideas?
Is it about different ways of doing things – or is it only about new products?
So do different innovations have anything in common?
All innovation involves change.
It’s about creating value for people by solving a problem or meeting a need.
Through coming up with new ideas or new ways of doing things.
Or by making improvements to something that already exists.
Innovation is an activity that begins with an idea.
It might result in a product that you sell or in a new way of doing something.
However, all innovation needs to create value for people. Otherwise, it’s not innovation, it’s just an idea.
All innovation involves a process.
Most innovation involves these steps.
Coming up with ideas.
Choosing and developing the idea.
Researching, developing and testing.
Seeing your idea being used or adopted by others .
This makes it sound easy, but sometimes some steps take longer than you planned or you need to repeat them or even start again.
There are lots of different kinds of innovation. Different types of people are innovators too.
Each innovation process involves a unique range of people – people with different personalities like leaders, followers, risk-takers, doers, planners.
Also people with different knowledge and skills, like scientists, engineers, technologists, manufacturers, marketing experts and lawyers.
All these people might not even be in the same place at the same time.
So why do we need innovation?
To make the most of opportunities to develop new ways of doing things in a changing world.
To solve the problems we face now and in the future to keep New Zealand moving forward.
Innovation can benefit all New Zealanders.
Best of all, the skills, attitudes and values needed for an innovative society can be fostered from a young age through formal and informal learning opportunities.
Creating an innovative society starts in the classroom.
Creating innovators can start here!
Hutt Intermediate School
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