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Vintage Innovation Course

Everything You Need to Know About Vintage Innovation

Vintage Innovation redefines innovation not as “new and flashy” but as “better and different.” It isn’t a rejection of new approaches or cutting-edge technology so much as an embrace of the old and the new. It’s the overlap of the “tried and true” and the “never tried.” It’s a mash-up of lo-fi tech and new tech. It’s the idea of finding relevance by looking back and looking forward. It’s a focus on timeless skills in new contexts. It’s the idea that innovation happens when teachers take a both/and approach as they empower their students in the present to prepare them for an uncertain future.


Teachers Are the Heart of Innovation

If you are a teacher, you are an innovator. You are the experimenter trying new strategies. You are the architect designing new learning opportunities. Apps change. Gadgets break. Technology grows obsolete. But one thing remains: teachers change the world. And one way to do this is through a vintage innovation approach. With vintage innovation, teachers ask:

  • How do I innovate when I don’t have the best technology?How can I use vintage tools, ideas, and approaches in new ways?
  • How can I use constraints to spark creativity?
  • How do I blend together the “tried and true” with the “never tried?”

I believe that teachers are at the heart of innovation and I simply want to share a few ideas to help along the way.

In this course, we take a deep dive into vintage innovation. Each of the 15 lessons consists of a big idea about how we can prepare students for the future by empowering them in the present.

Most lessons begin with a 10-20 minute video, followed by a reading with a reflection, and finally an assignment designed to make the big idea practical and concrete.


About Your Teacher


Dr. John Spencer
Dr. John Spencer

John is a former middle school teacher and current professor of educational technology. John creates books, podcasts, articles, and resources designed to empower teachers to transform their classrooms into bastions of creativity and wonder. He is an expert on project-based learning, design thinking, and empowering students with voice and choice.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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