The theme for the recent series of Google Teacher Academies was 'Moonshot Thinking'.
Moonshots or Moonshot Ideas live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere 10% gains, they aim for 10x improvements. The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution, and the breakthrough technology that might just make that solution possible is the essence of a Moonshot.
Great Moonshot discussions require:
- an innovative mindset;
- a healthy disregard for the impossible;
- the ability to maintain a level of practicality.
The video below says it all really:
Which challenging times ahead in Scottish Education we are going to need a lot more Moonshot Ideas to help us nurture curriculum and current education system fit for the Third Millennium. For far to long we have concentrated on incremental improvements rather than radical change.
Links to other interesting articles on Moonshots:
- Thinking big: Larry Page talks moon shots
- Solve for [x] (Google funded think tank for discussing and solving moonshots)
- Google X Head on Moonshots: 10X Is Easier Than 10 Percent [Wired Article]
- 5 Moonshot Projects Just Crazy Enough to Work