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China: Opportunity and risk for hi-tech firms

China: Opportunity and risk for hi-tech firms | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

A new report calls for China to be seen as a land of scientific opportunity not a black hole of intellectual theft and cybercrime.

The study is by Nesta, a think tank founded to promote innovation, and it argues that the massive and growing scale of Chinese science means it is simply "too big to ignore"- spending about $500m on research every day and employing a quarter of the world's R&D workforce.

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It’s education, stupid. Or, how the UK risks losing its global creative advantage

It’s education, stupid. Or, how the UK risks losing its global creative advantage | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
This article is part of The Design Economy series.
Far and wide, Britain is recognised as a leading centre of design education and the creative industries – but could international employment opportunities, fees for higher education, silo-driven schools policies and visa issues destroy our creative advantage?
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Come on Britain, get creative (or why the arts can save us from robots)

Come on Britain, get creative (or why the arts can save us from robots) | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The creative economy is the UK’s GDP powerhouse, with related employment growing at three times the rate of the workforce as a whole. But we can’t sit back and relax: we need to encourage it by breaking out of the disciplinary silos imposed by this country’s education system – science, technology, engineering and maths education, or STEM – and adding arts, turning it into STEAM.

Piers Linney explains how arts education can boost the economy and save jobs from automation

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Blog: In praise of spontaneity! Harnessing shared learning and creativity - RSA

Blog: In praise of spontaneity! Harnessing shared learning and creativity - RSA | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Challenging the existing paradigm, 'The new digital learning age' calls for a ‘spontaneous shared learning economy’ alongside formal education and training, such that employers recognise skills acquired in a range of environments, and young people are encouraged to keep learning in ways that work for them. As the authors put it, “The point is that people are engaging in the informal learning economy en masse”; the question is how we make more of this as we look to support people into work and throughout their careers.

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The robot made from drinking straws

The robot made from drinking straws | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
In schools up and down the country, children are making apps, building robots and programming Raspberry Pi computers as if their lives depended on it.

And it does not end in class - after-school coding clubs, children's hacking weekends and fairs dedicated to science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem subjects) are popping up everywhere.

Already the internet contributes 8% to the UK's gross domestic product (GDP), but according to Microsoft, one-in-four IT-related jobs went unfilled in 2012.
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Introduction to Haptics

Introduction to Haptics | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Learn how to design, build, and program haptic devices that engage users through their sense of touch. This is a self-paced course.
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Artist Transforms Bananas Into Works Of Art

Artist Transforms Bananas Into Works Of Art | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

It doesn't look like anyone ever told Stephan Brusche not to play with his food, but that's just fine by us. This imaginative artist, based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, regularly turns bananas into creative and light-hearted works of art.

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Students 'face unfair course change'

Students 'face unfair course change' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Some UK students are subjected to unfair changes to courses, according to the consumer group Which.

Which issued Freedom of Information requests to 141 UK universities for documents setting out the institutions' right to vary courses after enrolment.

Of the 131 who responded, 40 were considered by Which to have policies that demonstrated bad practice while eight needed an improvement in terms.

Universities UK said it was engaging with new guidance for the sector.

With undergraduates now paying up to £9,000 a year on tuition fees, the higher education world is increasingly seen by students as a consumer market.

Which is calling on universities to address unfair terms "as a matter of urgency".

It suggests the higher education sector comes together to create a standard consumer-friendly format for student contracts.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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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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Ones to Watch: Don’t tell me – show me

Ones to Watch: Don’t tell me – show me | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Designer of the Asap water rescue craft and Ones to Watch winner Ross Kemp discusses the magic of making and how it’s possible to be creative with very few resources.
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Children attribute mental lives to toys when they are emotionally attached to them

In three experiments children were showed pictures of living animals and stuffed toys and told a series of stories in which the animal responded mentally while the stuffed toy reacted physically. For instance, children were asked to consider if the animal would get lonely and/or dusty after being in a box for a long time. Children were then asked whether their own toys, which they had brought into the lab, would respond more like the living animal or more like the stuffed toy, if it were left in the box. The test showed that children with no special attachment object and children who had attachment blankets (ie objects without a face) believed their toys would respond more like a stuffed toy. Children with attachment teddies, however, believed their special toy would respond more like the living animal: with thoughts and feelings.

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Call to boost status of arts subjects - BBC News

Call to boost status of arts subjects - BBC News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Arts subjects should be given equal status alongside maths and science in England's school curriculum, science and engineering experts argue.
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Stop Testing and Punishing Teachers

Stop Testing and Punishing Teachers | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
If you want good teachers, reduce class size and give us autonomy, respect and time to plan during the day and confer with our colleagues.
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Creativity 'squeezed out of schools'

Creativity 'squeezed out of schools' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Creativity and the arts are being squeezed out of schools, a major report has said.

Cultural experiences and opportunities were being closed off to youngsters, especially those from poor backgrounds, the Warwick University report said.

There had been a significant decline in the number of state schools offering arts subjects taught by specialist teachers, it added.

The government said the arts was a key part of the national curriculum.

The report, the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Values, found that between 2003 and 2013 there was a 50% drop in GCSE entries for design and technology, 23% for drama and 25% for other craft-related subjects.

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Learning with all the senses: Movements and images facilitate vocabulary learning

Learning with all the senses: Movements and images facilitate vocabulary learning | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
'Atesi' - what sounds like a word from the Elven language of Lord of the Rings is actually a Vimmish word meaning 'thought'. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have used Vimmish, an artificial language specifically developed for scientific research, ...
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Pupils to try Chinese-style teaching

Pupils to try Chinese-style teaching | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
A group of British teenagers will be taught by Chinese teachers in a unique experiment for a BBC documentary to test whether Shanghai’s education system is as good as it is cracked up to be.
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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Frog's Fabio Sergio on how mobile devices will provide learning opportunities for people across age and income spectrums.


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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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