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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

New research suggests that American schoolchildren are becoming less creative.

 

If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity. “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at least not as measured by smallest percentage in poverty), nor the healthiest (far from it), nor the country whose kids score highest on standardized tests (despite our politicians’ misguided intentions to get us there), but we are the most inventive country. We are the great innovators, specialists in figuring out new ways of doing things and new things to do. Perhaps this derives from our frontier beginnings, or from our unique form of democracy with its emphasis on individual freedom and respect for nonconformity. In the business world as well as in academia and the arts and elsewhere, creativity is our number one asset. In a recent IBM poll, 1,500 CEOs acknowledged this when they identified creativity as the best predictor of future success.[1]

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What teachers need to do, Noam Chomsky on assessment

What teachers need to do, Noam Chomsky on assessment | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with searching and inquiring and into pursuing topics that engages and excite us. That’s far more significant than passing tests.
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8 Things To Look For in Today’s Classroom (Visual)

8 Things To Look For in Today’s Classroom (Visual) | Connected educator | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on “8 Things To Look For in Today’s Classroom”, and it has been something that has helped my own learning, and hopefully others as well.
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"Schooling is Not a Natural Act"

"Schooling is Not a Natural Act" | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Seymour Papert writing in The Children’s Machine in 1993:
Schooling is not a natural act.
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Please, Stop Calling Students Lazy.

Please, Stop Calling Students Lazy. | Connected educator | Scoop.it
I hate it when teachers call their students lazy. Or when they refer to having the class from “Hell”. When teachers say that do they really know what they’re saying? I’m offended when I hear that.
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Connected Learners: Creating a Fun and Engaging Classroom

Connected Learners: Creating a Fun and Engaging Classroom | Connected educator | Scoop.it
“Ann Sørum Michaelsen with Students, Ulrik, Haakon and Kasper In this premier episode of Connected Educators Radio, Norway, we speak with the some of the co-authors of Connected Learners. The book was written by 27 students and thei...”
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School Buses add WiFi to Bring Internet to Homes of Poor Students

School Buses add WiFi to Bring Internet to Homes of Poor Students | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Rural school districts find creative ways to bring Internet access to students at their homes in poor areas. One school district parks Wi-Fi enabled buses at a trailer park.
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Student-Driven Schools

Student-Driven Schools | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The term “data-driven” is one that keeps coming up in conversations on education continuously, and I will have to admit, the way I am hearing it being used often bothers me.
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An Educator Turn-off

An Educator Turn-off | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Anyone who is familiar with what I write about should recognize that I stress the importance of relevance as educators in order to teach in an ever-changing, rapidly paced, computer-driven society.
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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014

Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 | Connected educator | Scoop.it
I love end of year “best of” lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014.
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School vs. Learning

School vs. Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot about the “traditional” model of school and how people actually learn. If done the wrong way, school can actually go against what is needed for learning.
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You Have Been Warned

You Have Been Warned | Connected educator | Scoop.it
From Audrey Watters ebook “The Monsters of Education Technology,” now on sale in various forms for $4.99 and worth every penny:
As Cassandra, I must warn you that education technology’s monstrosity will bring about our doom.
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5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be A Blog

5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be A Blog | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, I wrote five reasons why your portfolio should be online.
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What’s the distraction from learning?

What’s the distraction from learning? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
One of the things many people hear about devices in the classroom, is how easily they can become a distraction.
Does this exist?  Absolutely.
But this is not just for students, but also teachers.
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Connected Educators Radio

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We have started a BAM Radio station that will feature connected goodness throughout the year called Connected Educators Radio.
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508 Resource Limit Is Reached - Linkis.com

508 Resource Limit Is Reached - Linkis.com | Connected educator | Scoop.it
“RT @tomwhitby: C4C15: How Being a Connected Educator Works #Edchat http://t.co/rxDF5UmlwC”;
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Amazon.com: The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning (Corwin Connected Educators Series) eBook: Thomas (Tom) D. Whitby, Steven W. Anderson: Kindle Store

The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning (Corwin Connected Educators Series) - Kindle edition by Thomas (Tom) D. Whitby, Steven W. Anderson. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Worth reading, many good points here. 

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Duolingo for Schools - A New Tool to Help Students Learn Languages

Duolingo for Schools - A New Tool to Help Students Learn Languages | Connected educator | Scoop.it
January 8, 2015
I just learned through an email from Gina  that the popular language learning platform Duolingo released today a new tool called Duolingo for Schools. This tool provides teachers...
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Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
“In order to develop creative individuals, children need environments that nurture their interests. Between standards and testing, how much of that are they getting at school? [[ This is a content summary only.”
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Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom

Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Professional Development for 21st Century Educators | eCourses, Coached Network Building, Action Research, & Project Based Learning

Via Maree Whiteley, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Project-based learning at its best...this book represents the culmination of a student learning project supported by English teacher and international blogger Ann Michaelsen,

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President Obama's Ed-Tech Record: Sizing Up Its Impact - Education Week News (blog)

President Obama's Ed-Tech Record: Sizing Up Its Impact - Education Week News (blog) | Connected educator | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama touted the benefits of educational technology often last year, but how much influence has he actually had on moving digital learning forward?
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Straight From Students: Smart Tips for Searching Online

Straight From Students: Smart Tips for Searching Online | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Karoline Hestsveen, a high school student in Norway, collaborated with 26 other students and teacher Ann Michaelsen to write the interactive digital book Connected Learners: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom, a collection of...

Via Al Post, Yashy Tohsaku, Jim Lerman, Official AndreasCY
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The 18 Skills Every 21st Century Learner Should Develop

The 18 Skills Every 21st Century Learner Should Develop | Connected educator | Scoop.it
December 30, 2014
Here is another great visual from Dr Jackie Gerstein featuring a set of some important universal skills for learners. Personally, I prefer to view them from a competency based lens...
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3 Questions To Focus On the Learner

3 Questions To Focus On the Learner | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The teacher evaluation process sometimes seems a little ridiculous.
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What are you strong at?

Where do you need to improve?

What are some things that you are going to do to become a better educator?

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11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education

11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education | Connected educator | Scoop.it
November, 2014
Twitter is a social network of huge importance for us in education. We have posted several articles about it here inEducational Technology and Mobile...
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Three Powerful Chromebook Tools to Collect Feedback from Students

Three Powerful Chromebook Tools to Collect Feedback from Students | Connected educator | Scoop.it
November 19, 2014
Today we received a request from a teacher asking about web tools to use on Chromebook for creating polls and surveys. We went through our archive and pulled out these titles. These...
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