shift the conversation on Twitter from events happening at schools to the deeper learning that is happening in our classrooms and beyond. SeeWhatImLearning allows students teachers and staff to write their own stories to share with parents guardians and the world I also shared how we use our own YouTube channel as a strategy to tell our own stories and celebrate learning innovation and engagement in all of its forms. In my experience innovation and student engagement are deeply connected to student learning. This report will explore a few of the many innovative strategies approaches tools and resources the HRSB is using to ensure we are providing the best possible support so that learning is happening for all students. Elwin LeRoux November 2015 What is innovation And what does it mean in the classroom continued Goal 1 To improve student achievement There are countless examples of how teachers are using innovative strategies to engage students in their learning. No two strategies are alike but they all consider interesting approaches that are connected to the real world and make learning fun. Makerspace At Michael Wallace Elementary many students in Grades 4 5 and 6 are choosing to spend their lunch breaks inside the old portable classroom turned Makerspace. Every lunch hour you can find kids imagining creating coding building problem-solving collaborating connecting circuits and even making pigs fly Most importantly theyre LEARNING while innovating by simply having fun dabbling in engineering programming and physics. See for yourself Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. - William Pollard 2 What is a Makerspace Makerspaces provide hands-on creative ways to encourage students to design experiment build and invent as they deeply engage in science engineering and tinkering. - Edutopia Makerspaces are popping up in many schools and each one is unique to the school the students and materials available. Heres a glimpse into the Makerspace at the Bedford site of Bedford Forsyth Education Centre BFEC.