Creativity and Innovation– Day 2

How do you guy like Sir Ken Robinson’s talk?  I like it a lot.  Hope you learn something important from him.  And how to apply?  Start to be creative right now!  You cab be creative in cooking (like my mom, half of her dishes are very creative and her style. I need to guess what that thing is.  That makes me to be a creative cook too!), crafting, and even learning!  Therefore, remember, one of our tasks this week is to do something creative!


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.


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.


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.


We are going to do a creativity test.  Please be as creative as possible!!


The photo you take, the video you make, your e-portfolio and photoblog…all these things are like your babies.  You spend a lot of time and energy in, right?  Think about other products that we are using in our daily life now.  Do you respect the copyright?  Do you know anything about plagiarism?  How will you think if you find out others using your products or assignment without telling you?  Have you ever downloaded songs, movies or other media products illegally?  Do you buy the software?  Do you copy and paste texts from the websites to your papers?  There are so many things that can break the rules.  Let’s read this section on copyright.  Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?  Let’s watch the two videos.



Here are some more resources related to this topic.

A Fair(y) Use Tale: A witty video on YouTube that shows the extreme of fair use using Disney movies fairly.

Creative Commons: How to license your work and find resources that you can use with permission

Google Advance Image Search: Where you can find images to use with permission Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism  Similar to Turnitin, but free


We’re going to have an expert to come and talk about how to create videos by using iMovie and Movie Maker this Friday and next Monday.  Please don’t miss these two classes.  This is very important.  Many of you mentioned that you really want to learn video editing.  Here is the chance!  And also, it shows your RESPECT to our guest speaker.  Thank you!


  • 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?
  • Read or watch one of the resources related to copyright, fairuse and plagiarism


  • 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.


  • work on the reflection on your choice of school communication.  Complete it in your photo blog.  This is due at 11:59 tonight.



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