Creativity and Innovation–Day 1

Hope you all had a good weekend.  Today we are moving into our third topic– Creativity and Innovation. I still have no idea how we can comment on Tumblr, so maybe that will be my challenge for the creative assignment this week.

PART I: CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION– HOW CREATIVE ARE YOU?

Creativity is strongly encouraged in education.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one o the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.

Let’s take a look at this creativity map.  What are the fun facts that you notice?

Now, let’s share the most creative products or things that you have created before.

There is a very common game to test your creativity…I really struggle with it a lot.  Let’s try it together.

Kindred Relationship

PART II: WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE?

What is creativity? Why are creativity and innovation important to your subject/grade level? Do you consider yourself creative? When was the last time you had the opportunity to be creative?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior; however, they might be creative.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.

Here are ten more video clips about this topic.  Each of you will be assigned one video clip and write a short paragraph about the big ideas you learned from that video clip in your photo blog.

PART III: HOW DO SCHOOL ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?  There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school.  The school is called DaVinci Academy.  This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students.  They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.  The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards.  They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.

PART IV: HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

how do researchers and educators think about creativity?  How do teachers help children develop creativity in K-12 learning environment?  The DaVinci Academy is a great example, but it is very rare.  Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity.

Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity.  He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators.  Now let’s listen to his talk.

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?

How can you activate creativity?  Your assignment is to do something creative this week.  I don’t know what you will do, but try to do something creative this week and then we can share with each other next week.

A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • Keep reading your document and START to think about the big ideas that you want to use for your classroom
  • Think about this question: If you can create a similar document for your school, what will you talk about?

SHOULD

  • keep working on your social media project.
  • try something creative this week
  • watch the video clip you are assigned and write your reflection in your photo blog.  This is due at 11:59 next Monday.

MUST

  • work on the reflection on your choice of school communication.  Complete it by Wednesday in your photo blog.
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