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Suzie Nestico

Teaching and Assessing Creativity - WeAreTeachers - 1 views

    Useful rubrics for assessing creativity & innovation Catalina rubric on critical and creative thinking (as well as several other fantastic rubrics):   Metiri's creativity rubric   A great blog post on the subject by The Science Goddess, one of my favorite Twitter people to follow:   Good perspective from a career cluster perspective:  
Brian C. Smith

The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek - 15 views

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      If you've ever seen or heard Raif Esquith speak then you know how much he values music with young children. Watch this clip:
  • The lore of pop psychology is that creativity occurs on the right side of the brain. But we now know that if you tried to be creative using only the right side of your brain, it’d be like living with ideas perpetually at the tip of your tongue, just beyond reach
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      Hello, Mr. Pink. Are you reading?
  • those who diligently practice creative activities learn to recruit their brains’ creative networks quicker and better. A lifetime of consistent habits gradually changes the neurological pattern.
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  • The home-game version of this means no longer encouraging kids to spring straight ahead to the right answer
  • The new view is that creativity is part of normal brain function.
  • “As a child, I never had an identity as a ‘creative person,’ ” Schwarzrock recalls. “But now that I know, it helps explain a lot of what I felt and went through.”
  • In China there has been widespread education reform to extinguish the drill-and-kill teaching style. Instead, Chinese schools are also adopting a problem-based learning approach.
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    Very interesting article from Newsweek about how creativity works in the brain, and how it can be trained in an educational setting. It describes a "crisis" trend where creativity scores in America are decreasing.
Martin Burrett

Teaching Creative Thinking - 5 views

    Too often, our students don't get the chance to think beyond the narrow constraints of a curriculum. The focus can be purely on developing the pupils to pass their exams, and not to creatively think how they can overcome challenges that they may soon be faced with. Teaching creative thinking is now, more than ever, crucial to prepare young people for future jobs, societal changes, and life situations which we cannot predict accurately. One thing is for sure, being able to creatively think is a life skill that will support them through the uncertain future ahead, and allowing space and time to develop this capability is essential, with schools well-placed to encourage growth.
Carl Bogardu

The Clever Sheep: 14 Tools to Teach about Creative Commons - 31 views

    One of the most powerful, misunderstood and under-utilized tools for teaching 21st century skills, is the Creative Commons. Besides providing access to hundreds of thousands of media works that can be used to augment the creative process, the Creative Commons offers a legitimate way for students to license their own creative works, be they audio, video, text or hybrid products.
    Blog about 14 tools to teach about Creative Commons
Jerry Swiatek

Wanna Work Together? - Creative Commons - 0 views

    Pays tribute to the people around the world using CC licenses to build a better, more vibrant creative culture. [QuickTime] [Theora] * License your work License your work * License your work Find licensed works * A Shared Culture * Berkman Panel (Dec 2008) * Building on the Past * CC Brasil * CC+: Creative Commons and Commerce * ccSearch Screencast * Get Creative! * Mayer and Bettle * Mayer and Bettle 2 * Media That Matters: A CC Case Study * Mix Tape * Reticulum Rex * Science Commons * Wanna Work Together? * Wired NextMusic * Jobs * Events * Newsletter * Case Studies * CC Talks With... * Store * Top * Blog * Donate * Policies * Privacy * Press Room * Sitemap * Contact
Vicki Davis

Mrs. Pickrell's Technology Adventure | I'm going on a technology adventure! Let's get g... - 6 views

    "While I did enjoy David Burgess' Teach Like a Pirate, and the hangout that she shared with us, I'll admit… it made me kind of sad.  Not because of the content itself!  But because of the hard memories it brought up.  I used to teach creatively and encourage innovation in my classroom like that.  When I graduated college, I was chock full of ideas and adored hands-on learning.  But my communication skills was parents was very weak and my administrator was a frustrated man who decided his best way of control was micromanaging.  It's a bit of a long story, but the end result is I was knocked down to stop being creative; to just follow the curriculum and to push worksheets. " Wow. As I read this teacher from Dr. Lee Graham's class (they are in gamifi-ed with my students) I'm so touched by how the teacher helps us feel what is happening to TOO MANY TEACHERS. Too many teachers are being pushed down to teach the wrong way. Worksheet wonders and we wonder why no one loves to learn. This is sad and must change. I hope you'll comment.
Jacques Cool

Can We Teach Creative and Critical Thinking? - Education - GOOD - 15 views

    At the heart of teaching critical and creative thought is the ability to ask the right questions to students. In turn, they need to be able answer in a way that demonstrates their ability to see the parallels and intersections; perceive linkages between historical moments, between the period and the art, between the circumstances then and now; to comprehend the relationship between "us" and "them", between "we" and "they," and, ultimately, whether dichotomies like "we" and "they" are useful-and, if so, how.
Dean Mantz

Drape's Takes: The Educator's Guide to the Creative Commons - 15 views

    A nice collection of videos to help explain Creative Commons to educators and students.
Melinda Waffle

Creative Commons: an Educational Primer | EdReach - 39 views

    Basics about Creative Commons
Jeff Johnson

Creatively Speaking, Part Two: Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind | ... - 1 views

    Sir Ken Robinson's remarks were recorded on April 10, 2008, at the Apple Education Leadership Summit, a gathering in San Francisco of more than one hundred school superintendents from around the world. Robinson is the author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative.
Vicki Davis

Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts - 7 views

    Google alerts is how we monitor our school brand. We use "Westwood Schools" +Camilla - this way it shows us everything for our school name and in our city. You can deliver to a feed or to email (many like email.) This way it will search and find things and email you when it finds it on the web. Lifehacker has an article on the creative uses for Google Alerts that you should read if it is your job to protect your brand for your business, school, or your own personal brand.
Scott Kinkoph

Creative Commons - LiveBinder - 14 views

    Creative Commons LIveBinder for many different links
Martin Burrett

Minetest - 6 views

    "Free, open source version of Minecraft. Enable 'Creative Mode' to let your pupils to build as their imagination and creativity allows. Download for Windows, Mac or Android devices. The game is supported by a community and a huge set of mods to modify the game for individual needs."
Deb Henkes

Respondo! - Creative Literature Response Questions - 8 views

    Don't just ask students to "identify the conflict" or "note the setting." Use Respondo! to click up some creative literature response questions.
    Use this tool in the Language Arts classroom to differentiate and create some creative literature response assignments.
Ed Webb

Flip This: Bloom's Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | MindShift - 7 views

  • The pyramid creates the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity — only those who can traverse the bottom levels and reach the summit can be creative. And while this may be how it plays out in many schools, it’s not due to any shortage of creative potential on the part of our students.
  • Here’s what I propose: we flip Bloom’s taxonomy. Rather than starting with knowledge, we start with creating, and eventually discern the knowledge that we need from it.
  • I’ve come to realize that it’s very important for my students to encounter a concept before fully understanding what’s going on. It makes their brain try to fill in the gaps, and the more churn a brain experiences, the more likely it’s going to retain information
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  • I think the best flipped classrooms work because they spend most of their time creating, evaluating and analyzing. In a sense we’re creating the churn, the friction for the brain, rather than solely focusing on acquiring rote knowledge. The flipped classroom approach is not about watching videos. It’s about students being actively involved in their own learning and creating content in the structure that is most meaningful for them.
Brendan Murphy

Is technology sapping children's creativity? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 3 views

  • Kids need first-hand engagement — they need to manipulate objects physically, engage all their senses, and move and interact with the 3-dimensional world.
  • Play is a remarkably creative process
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      This is the first time I've heard of video games as not play. 
  • This is profoundly different from a child having an original idea to make or do something
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  • studies might show that children can learn specific facts or skills by playing interactive games
  • not be fooled into thinking this kind of learning is significant or foundational.
  • but still not grasp the underlying concepts of number.
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      Concepts and skills are two different things
Vicki Davis

Design Thinking in Schools: An Emerging Movement Building Creative Confidence in our Yo... - 1 views

    Fascinating article on design thinking and an attempt to catalog all of the schools using design thinking. I do predict that STEM, design thinking, and creativity are going to become increasingly valued by parents and many who are disenfranchised with a testing environment that is rapidly driving everyone involved to the edge - particularly the students. "Mapping a global movement. A global movement is unfolding, and in response to the overwhelming interest around design thinking in schools, IDEO and the have created a new directory - Design Thinking in Schools - to highlight the network of institutions that are at the forefront of this movement. The directory, launched in mid-October, already features a wide range of programs and resources. There's a mix of learning environments, from charter and district public schools to museums and summer camps. The programs are diverse, including after school "lab" environments and schools that use design thinking as the basis for subject-matter courses. "
Martin Burrett

Creative Teaching in a Diverse Classroom - 6 views

    Lots of great ideas on how to be creative in the classroom
Martin Burrett

Creative Coding - 11 views

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    Ideas for educational creative coding in the classroom.
    Ideas for educational creative coding in the classroom.
Fred Delventhal

SecretBuilders - 0 views

    via\n\nSecretBuilders is a virtual world for children 5 to 14 years old powered by a web 2.0 community of children, parents, educators, writers, artists and game developers. On SecretBuilders, children will explore virtual lands, undertake quests, play games, maintain a home, nurture a pet, and interact with their friends. Three features which form the backdrop for SecretBuilders distinguish it from other online worlds:\n\n * Children learn through immersing themselves in the stories, themes, and concepts from the best in literature, arts and humanities. They will interact with famous historical and fictional figures and be introduced to content and characters from world civilization and the great thoughts and ideas of human creativity. \n\n * Children will create this site, not just consume it. They are directly involved in creating this world with their ideas, critiques and contributions on virtually every aspect of the site and many of their ideas will be implemented!\n\n * Children publish their works - writings, art, videos - making SecretBuilders their own personal store of creativity. They can invite friends and family to view their works, and comment upon them. Seeing their works published and enjoyed by others instills tremendous for self-confidence as well as motivation to do more.\n
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