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Funny Topics: 35 Everyday Things That Are Fascinating Under A Microscope

Funny Topics: 35 Everyday Things That Are Fascinating Under A Microscope | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
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How to tap new thinking? Look until you really see. Great photos here to inspire insights and enthusiasm to get beyond the surface to ask, what else, what else?

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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"Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy."

 

“The bottom line is, if you’re not the one controlling your learning, you’re not going to learn as well.”

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TED talks are lying to you

TED talks are lying to you | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?
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For the cynical. Enjoy.
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How Daydreaming Can Actually Make You Smarter

How Daydreaming Can Actually Make You Smarter | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Daydreaming gets a pretty bad rap. It's often equated with laziness, and we tend to write off people with wandering minds as being absent-minded "space cadets" who can't get their heads out of the clouds.
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Read this article to open your mind for passive approaches to creativity. Thanks to John Cabra for this link. Brilliant!
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Moyers: 'Inequality for All' — New Documentary Starring Robert Reich Exposes the Staggering Inequality in the USA

Moyers: 'Inequality for All' — New Documentary Starring Robert Reich Exposes the Staggering Inequality in the USA | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Director Jacob Kornbluth helps us see how wealth in the hands of the few is destroying the country.
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Are you also noticing much talk/writing/rants about economic and other inequalities?  Do you think this documentary will make a difference in people's lives?  Is staggering inequality something new?

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7 Of History's Weirdest, Most Awesome Productivity Tips

7 Of History's Weirdest, Most Awesome Productivity Tips | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Beethoven Franklin Angelou. Caffeine nudity hotel rooms. How Fast Companyand history's greatsdo productivity.
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Wonderful examples of how some (famous) folk access their creativity. Do you have a personal ritual as well?
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The Most Important Image Captured By Hubble

The Most Important Image Captured By Hubble | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Taking a risk by pointing Hubble in the direction of a starless black space, scientists ended up capturing one of the most profound images in history.
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The value of curiosity is beautifully demonstrated in this simple awe inspiring video. Thanks to Jay Aquilanti for the link.
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Meet Your Future Memory, The Internet

Meet Your Future Memory, The Internet | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Wearable technology could help provide a nearperfect memory of your life. But that might not be a good thing.
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Imagine relieving yourself from having to remember numbers, places, names, etc. What effect if any do you feel this might have on people's creativity?
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So, you want to be a creative genius? - Fortune Management

So, you want to be a creative genius? - Fortune Management | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Here are five levels and types of creativity, from the easiest to the most difficult to master.
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Not sure I agree with the authors levels of creativity. Still there's a lot of value reviewing the five kinds of creativity listed to reawaken your awareness of another approach to add to what is already working for you.
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Brigitte Roujol's curator insight, September 14, 2013 2:47 PM

Comme Marci segal, je ne suis pas très convaincue par cette typologie.

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
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Will the way that people feel and interact be important measures moving forward?
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» What Drives Creativity? - Psych Central News

» What Drives Creativity? - Psych Central News | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Understanding creativity has been a goal of philosophers and scientists for several millenniums. Prevailing approaches to individual and group creativity
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Investigators believe their findings suggest an individual’s social group plays a strong role in the creative process as the group not only encourages originality but also determines how an individual’s creative efforts will be appreciated.

 

The research is published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.

 

Results from the study suggests a person’s social identity is both the beginning and end of the creative process.

 

That is, a shared social identity (or lack of it) motivates individuals to rise to particular creative challenges and provides a basis for certain forms of creativity to be recognized (or disregarded).

 

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Elephants in the Room of Creativity and Innovation Talk

Elephants in the Room of Creativity and Innovation Talk | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
If you feel like you know “how creativity REALLY works” don’t read this article – it might kill your vibe.
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A nice step back from all the creativity-hype.  No empty calories here.

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25 Ways to Be More Creative

25 Ways to Be More Creative | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original--it just takes practice.
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Keith Sawyers new book is reviewed here. Lists many techniques for creative thinking. See how many of these you already know and use.
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How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: "The neurons that fire together, wire together."
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We know there is a relationship between postive emotions and the capacity for broadening one's thoughts... rewiring the brain for happiness?  Why not?

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For MOOCs to Work, We Need to Talk

Online courses have proven they can attract thousands of students, but then almost all of them drop out before finishing the course. Well, guess what? Sitting at home alone and staring at a pre-rec...
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I wonder how MOOC providers overcome the 'home alone' learning challenge. How to get MOOC students to talk a and engage?
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Slide Show introduction to the Disney Method

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Provides an introduction to the Disney Method for creative ideas and brainstorming
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Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don't worry there are ways to change how our brains work.
Marci Segal, MS's insight:
Entertaining insights to consider. Hey, what's your definition of creativity anyway? Thanks to Mark McLean for this link.
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The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever

The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, or reason can provide the tools that people need in order to make good decisions.
Marci Segal, MS's insight:

Loyalty trumps it all, eh? Fascinating read.  I wonder what impact this has on people expressing their creativity - what's your thought?

 

"[People] who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.”

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This Melbourne company’s secret to success? Cardboard boxes | SmartPlanet

This Melbourne company’s secret to success? Cardboard boxes | SmartPlanet | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
MELBOURNE — Inspired by the humble cardboard box, a Melbourne toy company has found a way to encourage creativity in young children.
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Mr. PotatoHead for boxes.  This toy inspires children to create together in collaboration.  Notice how the toy maker uses toy packaging to enable exploration rather than have the package go to waste (as in many toys).

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Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain

Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Do you remember playing pretend when you were a child? A stick became a sword while a playground became a castle. This ability to use your imagination persists when people create art, invent tools and think scientifically.
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The purpose? To program machines, of course. Will our creative freedoms be further restricted or enabled by this? "Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively," said Alex Schlegel, the lead author of the paper, in a news release. "Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines."
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You Are a Genius: 5 Steps to Creative Freedom

You Are a Genius: 5 Steps to Creative Freedom | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
There are genius nurses, genius firemen, genius parents and genius accountants. Genius relates to the how even more than to the what.
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Here's another list of qualities associated with creativity. All good. Have you found the ones that match your personality yet? No? Well then, let's keep looking. Am happy to help.
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The Case for Teaching Entrepreneurship in High School

The Case for Teaching Entrepreneurship in High School | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
A nonprofit group that teaches business skills in low-income schools says its programs lead participants to graduate and attain higher degrees
Marci Segal, MS's insight:

With the lack of jobs on the horizon, and more innovation incubators entering communities, it would be helpful to provide these skills to everyone as a basic literacy.  My two cents?  Make sure student's capacities for generating new ideas, making new decisions and taking new actions is supported and encouraged.

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MediaPost Publications Google To Build Online Education Platform With MIT, Harvard 09/11/2013

MediaPost Publications Google To Build Online Education Platform With MIT, Harvard 09/11/2013 | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
Google To Build Online Education Platform With MIT, Harvard - 09/11/2013
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Are you feeling it too? The exponential growth of 3-dimensional education?
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How to KILL Creativity!

How to KILL Creativity! | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
8 You might not know this... 8 BUT, there's a reason why I have never invited Bill Gates to do a guest-post on the 'ole blog: OK - there's more than ONE! 8 However, I think not having a clue about ...
Marci Segal, MS's insight:

Delightlfully presented argument with visuals and thought bubbles, about creativity in education - a must see.  Will spark your thinking, guaranteed.

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Susan Einhorn's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:13 PM
Creatively presented. Worth checking out other links on the site, too.
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Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places

Why Your Best Ideas Happen In The Most Unusual Places | Creativity and Learning Insights | Scoop.it
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared some questionable advice on how to become successful at work: Don't go to the bathroom.
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If you don't take breaks there's a chance your creative ideas will stay submerged. Here are some famous folk and their practices for flashes of insight.
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