5 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
Everett Rogers in his landmark work, The Diffusion of Innovations, has
identified five perceived attributes of innovations that point to the centrality
of tangible prototyping for learning how to create innovations that can
spread and impact educators, schools, and most importantly, students.
Relative Advantage is the degree that people perceive that a new
innovation is better than what it is designed to replace. The greater the
relative advantage, the faster the adoption.
Compatibility is the degree that people perceive that a new innovation is
compatible with the values, wants and needs of potential adopters.
Complexity is the degree that an innovation is perceived as easy or difficult
Trialability is the degree that an innovation may be experimented with on
a trial basis. The more people can “play” with a new innovation without
having to commit to it, the less uncertain they become.
Observability is the degree to which innovation results are visible to others.
The easier it is for people to see an innovation’s results, the more likely they
are to adopt it.
Prototyping results in new tangible innovations that educators, schools,
and school systems can see, try, evaluate, and learn from as they focus on
creating something new and better to meet the needs of their students in
In this 7th and final volume of Future Forwards, you will find several
prototypes, where educators have created prototypes in order to learn how
best to meet the needs of students. We hope you might be inspired to try