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Technology Is Useless If It Doesn’t Address A Human Need

Technology Is Useless If It Doesn’t Address A Human Need | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The power of Silicon Valley is evident in almost everything we do. But is the drastic change that technology has wrought on modern life having an effect on the world of social entrepreneurship?

 

How can our illiterate and semi-literate grandmothers use technology to tell the stories of their ongoing transformation once they return home? How can we help them communicate, measure, and evaluate their success? A challenge, indeed, but one crucial to our ensuring sustainability and full-scaling the “Barefoot Approach.”

I’m sharing this story because simply participating in the Lab was “potentially disruptive.” What we learned through the four-month process, which ended in a week of identifying and pitching a solution, went far beyond our expectations. It did not disrupt our focus, as we thought it might. It taught us a new thought process for analysis of challenges. I went into the process thinking we had no limits to our creativity and resourcefulness, but realizing our information deficit in and of itself, was a limitation.

 

Silicon Valley expanded our learnings around innovative process. We learned what key-placed resources can catalyze within an organization, essential to maximizing and leveraging them to drive more significant change.

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Creativity in Adulthood. ERIC Digest

Creativity in Adulthood. ERIC Digest | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Creativity is a concept surrounded by a number of beliefs and misconceptions. People believe it is limited to only a few; it declines seriously with age; and it is associated primarily with uniqueness or innovation or "artists" (Adams-Price 1998; McCormick and Plugge 1997; Runco 1996). However, research shows that creative thinking is a universal ability that can help adults manage satisfying lives and that is increasingly in demand in the workplace. This Digest reviews some of this research in order to identify ways to help adults discover and fulfill their creative potential.

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Embrace the arts, engineers told

Embrace the arts, engineers told | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Engineers should embrace the arts, Sir John O'Reilly, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, argued in a lecture.

 

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Lavish praise 'does not help pupils'

Lavish praise 'does not help pupils' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Teachers who give struggling pupils "lavish praise" could make them even less likely to succeed, research into classroom tactics has suggested.

The Sutton Trust education charity has warned that many strategies used by teachers have no evidence to show that they really work.

Too much praise for low achievers can "convey a message of low expectations".

Robert Coe of Durham University said teachers needed to know what was "most likely to be effective".

The study, What Makes Great Teaching, produced by Prof Coe for the Sutton Trust, drew on more than 200 pieces of research into what works in the classroom.

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Why firms don't want you to be brilliant

Why firms don't want you to be brilliant | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Are those workers who stay for years with the same companies unambitious and mediocre, or does the corporate grind make them so? asks author and Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway.

Last week I talked to a graduate who had just started working for one of the most prestigious employers in the world. "How's it going?" I asked him.

He said it was fine, though all he had done in the past three weeks was sit in various rooms and be talked at by assorted people from the company.

The main thing that had struck him so far was that people seemed to get dimmer the higher they went in the organisation. I asked if he had any explanation for this and he said it was self-selection.

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Made You Look documentary trailer

Anthony Peters of Look & Yes got in touch about a documentary they are producing about the UK graphic arts in the digital age. The film features interviews with many FFF regulars including Anthony Burrill, Ian Stevenson, Kate Moross, Adrian Johnson, Pete Fowler and many others.

Made You Look will be a film about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners Look & Yes hope to explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era.

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Why It's So Hard To Detect Emotion In Emails And Texts

Why It's So Hard To Detect Emotion In Emails And Texts | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Short answer: we're selfish. But there are things we can do about it.
Clive Hilton's insight:

In the context of providing audio feedback to students, (say), this article offers insights.

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Ron Arad: save design education from bureaucracy and economics - DesignCurial

Ron Arad: save design education from bureaucracy and economics - DesignCurial | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Ron Arad: "I hear of unhappiness from the students -- 'This is not at all the course we thought we were joining.' It seems that bureaucracy and economy are again dictating the curriculum. It's a dangerous time. I hope that art and design schools can keep their nerve."

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D-School Futures: Cranbrook's Scott Klinker on Why ID Education Should Move Students Beyond Skills Toward 'Cultural Maturity'

D-School Futures: Cranbrook's Scott Klinker on Why ID Education Should Move Students Beyond Skills Toward 'Cultural Maturity' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Objects from the Innate Gestures workshop with guest designer Leon Ransmeier and 3D designer-in-residence Scott Klinker This is the latest installment of D-School Futures, our interview series on the evolution of industrial design education. Today we have answers from Scott Klinker, designer-in-residence and head of 3D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art. How different is industrial design education today than it was ten years ago? Will it look very different ten years from now? "Industrial" is now "post-industrial"—marking a shift
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Introducing 'D-School Futures,' Our Interview Series on the Evolution of Industrial Design Education

Introducing 'D-School Futures,' Our Interview Series on the Evolution of Industrial Design Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
ID students at the Savannah College of Art and Design September is here, and you know what that means—the start of National Honey Month, yes, but also the reluctant acceptance by most students (and professors) that summer is really over and school is really underway for another semester. Here at Core77, we thought we'd use this back-to-school season to assess the state of design education—or, even better, to ask design educators to assess it for us. Over the summer, we
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English course gets 100,000 students

English course gets 100,000 students | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

More than 100,000 people have signed up for a single online course providing English language lessons.

It is the British Council's first experiment with so-called Moocs, or massive open online courses, which deliver tuition free of charge.

Spain, Burma and Russia are among the countries with the biggest number of students taking the six-week course.

The British Council is claiming this as one of the biggest English language learning classes in the world.

More than a third of these language students are following the course through their mobile phones.

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Model-making summer school

Model-making summer school | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

When Patrick Hendra retired as professor of chemistry at the University of Southampton, he took up a new hobby - making model boats.

A compulsion to share knowledge led him to turn his hobby into a model-making summer school for the children at his local village youth club.

By building miniature boats, cars and even a bridge made primarily from coffee-stirrer sticks, Patrick is teaching the children to be young engineers.

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Multidisciplinary Culture Hacks Use Tech And Design To Solve Local Problems - PSFK

Multidisciplinary Culture Hacks Use Tech And Design To Solve Local Problems - PSFK | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Culture Shift brings together creative businesses and digital talent to make new products.
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The Dead Simple Way Google Ventures Unlocks Great Ideas

The Dead Simple Way Google Ventures Unlocks Great Ideas | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

How do you get a team to decide on the best design, fast? Stickers. Lots of stickers.

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Robots face new creativity test

Robots face new creativity test | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

A US professor is proposing a new way to test whether artificial intelligence (AI) is on a par with that of humans.

Currently scientists use the Turing test - named after computer scientist Alan Turing - which evaluates whether an AI can convince a judge that it is human in a conversation.

Prof Mark Riedl, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is proposing a new test.

It would ask a machine to create a convincing poem, story or painting.

Dubbed Lovelace 2.0 it is an iteration of a previous Lovelace Test, proposed in 2001.

Named after one of the first computer programmers, the original test required an AI to create something that it would be incapable of explaining how it was created.

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers.
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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Architect and designer Neri Oxman sits in her “Gemini” chaise, which was 3D-printed by Stratasys using a Connex Multi-Material printer, CNC milled by SITU Fabrication and designed in collaboration Prof. W. Craig Carter (Dept. of Materials Science, MIT). The chaise is part of the interactive creative learning environment at the author’s Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, Mass. It uses cutting-edge materials and technologies to provide an unexpected insight into the experience of being in the womb. Photo: Michael Figuet

Are Americans getting dumber?

Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. Our children have become less literate than children in many developed countries. But the crisis in American education may be more than a matter of sliding rankings on world educational performance scales.

Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist.

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What effect does culture have on learning?

What effect does culture have on learning? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

How important are schools? That's the question posed by John Jerrim, a researcher at the Institute of Education.

To answer it, he looks at Australian families of Chinese heritage.

They go to Australian schools and yet they do not seem to absorb teaching like other Australians.

On one of the PISA tests, an international test, they scored "two years ahead of the average child living in either England or Australia". Home culture really matters.

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The Key To Creative Insight Can Be Simpler Than You Think

The Key To Creative Insight Can Be Simpler Than You Think | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
It's called incubation in the research world, and it can work wonders.
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Reflective practice in visual arts.

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Chinese families' 'education culture'

Chinese families' 'education culture' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Researchers have examined why the children of East Asian migrants are so successful in academic tests.
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Google's top 20 university searches

Google's top 20 university searches | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Google has revealed the most popular searches for people around the world looking for universities.

This ranking of online searches is very different from the traditional map of the global powerhouses of higher education.

There is a strong interest in online courses, rather than traditional campus-based universities, says Google.

And there are five Indian institutions in the top 20 of most searched-for universities.

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D-School Futures: CCA's Sandrine Lebas on Why Designers of Physical Experiences Will Always Be In Demand

D-School Futures: CCA's Sandrine Lebas on Why Designers of Physical Experiences Will Always Be In Demand | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
D2D, a hybrid robot for land-mine detection and diffusion designed by Yeban Shin for his CCA senior thesis project This is the latest installment of D-School Futures, our interview series on the evolution of industrial design education. Today we have answers from Sandrine Lebas, chair of industrial design at California College of the Arts. How different is industrial design education today than it was ten years ago? Will it look very different ten years from now? We do teach industrial
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D-School Futures: Art Center's Karen Hofmann on the Ever-Expanding Role of the Designer and What It Means for ID Education

D-School Futures: Art Center's Karen Hofmann on the Ever-Expanding Role of the Designer and What It Means for ID Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Recent Art Center graduate Kristina Marerro's Dextris is a glove to help astronauts work more comfortably in space. This is the latest installment of D-School Futures, our interview series on the evolution of industrial design education. Today we have answers from Karen Hoffman, chair of product design at Art Center College of Design. How different is industrial design education today than it was ten years ago? Will it look very different ten years from now? The core visual, technical, creative,
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Core77 - 1000 words of advice for design students

An oldy but goodie for design students everywhere. No easy shortcuts my friends...

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Co.Labs ⚙ code + community

Co.Labs ⚙ code + community | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

A few years ago, Starner's team built gloves that could teach people to play piano melodies in less than an hour, by sending motor vibrations through their hands. His new team just finished a study that proved they could do the same thing with Braille.

 

But this time around, something even more important happened. Researchers were surprised to discover that people could not only type Braille through passive haptic learning, but that they could actually read the Braille phrases afterward. (Note that these aren't people who'd been exposed to Braille in the past.) And it wasn't just their fingers that learned the phrases, some kind of muscle memory--it was also their brains.

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Graded lesson observations 'stressful' and 'ineffective', say lecturers - Education - TES News

Graded lesson observations 'stressful' and 'ineffective', say lecturers - Education - TES News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Graded lesson observations have no impact on the quality of teaching and learning in colleges, according to a survey of lecturers.

A year-long research project into the widely-used practice found that most lecturers do not believe a “snapshot” classroom observation of a teacher is a valid or reliable way to judge their ability.

Researcher Dr Matt O’Leary of the University of Wolverhampton surveyed almost 4,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) as part of the largest ever account of lesson observation in colleges.

His research found many lecturers saw them as a source of stress, and also reported they were used as a disciplinary measure linked to capability procedures. In fact, almost 90 per cent of respondents agreed that unannounced observations would lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety among staff.

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