Creativity and Innovation Foundation

Today we are moving into our third topic– Creativity and Innovation.  Creativity is strongly encouraged in education, especially in the 21st century.  How much do you know about it?  Do you think you are a creative person?  What are the traits of creative people?  How do schools encourage creativity?  How can you encourage your students’ creativity? We will talk about these issues before we move to the next project.

CREATIVITY AND SOCIETY

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

Creative_Class_Map

WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE?

Are you creative?  Are there any creative people in your life?  Do you think they share some common traits?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  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.

POP QUIZ!

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

HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY?

Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers.  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.  Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have.

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 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.

STANDARDS FOR CREATIVITY

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.

How can you activate creativity?  Your assignment is to do something creative this weekend.  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.

QUICK SURVEY: FAMILIARITY WITH iMovie and Movie Maker

COULD

  • Try something that you have never tried before. It might be a new recipe or a new activity.  Or it can be a new way to solve a problem that has bothered you or your friends for a long time. Be CREATIVE!
  • Think about a topic for the Stop Motion Project.  It’s better to be something sequential or story-based.

SHOULD

  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted in the project page.  Please post your reflection by midnight on March 1.
  • Prepare for discussion 1– sports.  Find images about the popular sports in Taiwan/ what American sports can be popular in Taiwan/ and the sport you are good at.

MUST

  • Work on your 6th reflection on communication by Wednesday (Feb. 27).
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