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building practical skills for increased creativity
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Don't Forget to Play!

Don't Forget to Play! | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Play has earned some inaccurate baggage of connotations over the years. When we talk about playing in education or play time, many would push back that it is not appropriate to play in classroom, or
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lynnegibb's curator insight, August 24, 2013 8:46 AM

I am all for play :)

Samantha Mackay's curator insight, November 11, 2013 12:33 PM

Play is essential and we need to do more of it at work. 

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Brain stimulation maths boost link

Brain stimulation maths boost link | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Applying high-frequency electrical noise to the brain can boost maths skills up to six months later, say Oxford University researchers.
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A small study in Current Biology suggests the brain stimulation technique makes neurons function more efficiently.

 
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Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose: The Science of What Motivates Us, Animated

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose: The Science of What Motivates Us, Animated | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
"When the profit motive gets unmoored from the purpose motive, bad things happen."

The question of how to avoid meaningless labor and ins
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The question of how to avoid meaningless labor and instead find fulfilling workbrimming with a sense of purpose is an enduring but, for many, elusive cultural ideal. Daniel Pink tackles the conundrum in this wonderful animation by theRSA

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In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for disapproval

In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for disapproval | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for understanding haters, I created The Disapproval Matrix**. (With a deep bow to its inspiration.) This is one way to separate haterade from productive...
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When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you

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Challenge Your Creativity with Limits, Not Freedom

Challenge Your Creativity with Limits, Not Freedom | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
If you're stuck in a rut and looking for a creative boost, advice blog Dumb Little Man suggests placing some rules or limitations on yourself to spur on some new ideas.
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Online class teaches students to have that aha moment

Online class teaches students to have that aha moment | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Stanford University engineering professor Tina Seelig has devoted her career over the past 30 years to the question of how to get people's creativity flowing.
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At the core of Seelig's work is her concept of the Innovation Engine, a colorful Möbius strip design illustrating how creativity is affected by the interplay between our inner life (knowledge, imagination, attitude) and our external environment (resources, habitat, culture).

 
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:42 AM

You'll be inspired reading about how to encourage students to have an aha moment in this article.

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Authentic Art Education Assessment | The Teaching Palette

Authentic Art Education Assessment | The Teaching Palette | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
The following guest post, written by middle school art teacher Chris Grodoski, focuses on the consequences of high stakes testing and his inventive solution
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I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money?

I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 27):
I remember reading Tina Sellig's (executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program) book- What I wish I knew when I was 20.
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The key to a great work ethic? Glucose

The key to a great work ethic? Glucose | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
When our levels are replenished, it becomes much easier to consistently endure trials and to make tough business decisions
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Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

Is It Possible to Measure Creativity? | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?” It’s not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it’s used to help measure creativity a bit like an IQ test measures intelligence. And it’s not the only creativity test out there
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Training the brain to improve on new tasks

Training the brain to improve on new tasks | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
A brain-training task that increases the number of items an individual can remember over a short period of time may boost performance in other problem-solving tasks by enhancing communication between different brain areas.
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The new study being presented this week in San Francisco is one of a growing number of experiments on how working-memory training can measurably improve a range of skills

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Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can...

Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can... | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Picassos apocryphal line Good artists borrow great artists steal can apply to any industry not just artand it can create real innovation not just deri...
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Who said innovation is a joy?

I find this as a nice article stating innovation as a non-linear process. LDRLB (@LDRLB) tweeted at 6:45 AM on Sun, Mar 31, 2013: Why Innovation Isn't a Linear Process. http://t.co/Qtjswnp3Oy (http...
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Innovations are non linear since it is all about making sense of non-linear complexity. This is done by tapping into an individual’s inner strength and subconscious. That in itself is a non-linear process.

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New phase of synaptic development is key to learning problems | KurzweilAI

New phase of synaptic development is key to learning problems | KurzweilAI | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it

Why cramming for an exam doesn’t work

“Based on our data, it seems like synapses that have recently been strengthened are peculiarly vulnerable — more stimulation can actually wipe out the effects of learning.

“Psychologists know that for long-lasting memory, spaced training — like studying for your classes after every lecture, all semester long — is superior to cramming all night before the exam,” Barth said. “This study shows why. Right after plasticity, synapses are almost fragile — more training during this labile phases is actually counterproductive.”

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The three synapse phases

Wen found that during this first day of learning, synapses go through three distinct phases.

In the initiation phase, synaptic plasticity is spurred on by NMDA receptors. Over the next 12 hours or so, the synapses get stronger and stronger.As the stimulus is repeated, the NDMA receptors change their function and start to weaken the synapses in what the researchers have called the labile phase.After a few hours of weakening, another receptor, mGluR5, initiates a stabilization phase during which the synapses maintain their residual strength.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Reflects on Creativity, Nature and Religion in Rare 1957 Audio

Frank Lloyd Wright Reflects on Creativity, Nature and Religion in Rare 1957 Audio | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most admired and influential architects of the 20th century. He was a flamboyant, unabashedly arrogant man who viewed himself from an early age as a genius. Others tended to agree.
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Wright spoke about life and the creativity of man in mystical terms. In this rare recording from June 18, 1957, a 90-year-old Wright describes his philosophy. “Man is a phase of Nature,” he says, “and only as he is related to Nature does he matter, does he have any account whatever above the dust.”

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The ever-delightful Grant Snyder adds to history’s...

The ever-delightful Grant Snyder adds to history’s... | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
The ever-delightful Grant Snyder adds to history’s definitions of genius. Available as a print in Grant’s poster shop. Complement with the 1942 gem Anatomy of Inspiration.
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The Creative Benefits of Split Personalities

The Creative Benefits of Split Personalities | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
To be a successful creative, you need to not only be a good generator, but also a good evaluator. The problem is that in practice, it’s remarkably hard to be both. By switching between Promotion and Prevention focuses we can generate our best ideas. Illustration: Oscar Ramos Orozco
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:39 AM

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"In his wildly popular 2006 TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson defined creativity as “the process of having original ideas that have value.” Aside from being wonderfully succinct, this definition implies that any creative enterprise requires two key phases:

Phase 1: Coming up with an original idea

Phase 2: Taking a hard look at that original idea and assessing its value"

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1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful,...

1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful,... | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
“1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction. 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and...”
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Norwegian researchers find the 7 characteristics of highly creative people. Pair with John Cleese on 5 factors to make your life more creative and Ira Glass on the secret of success in creative work.

Particularly interesting and counter-intuitive is #6 – but then again, we do know that emotional excess is essential to creativity. 

  
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 29, 2013 3:38 PM

Interesting. How many of the seven do you fit?

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Cool Social Idea Space for your Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Cool Social Idea Space for your Students | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
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Tricider is a great web tool that allows users to collect ideas, spark discussion and vote on any topic they want

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David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity

David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
David Lynch meditates, and he meditates hard.
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Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits

Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Hemingway wrote standing, Nabokov on index cards, Twain while puffing cigars, and Sitwell in an open coffin.

"We are spinning our own fat
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Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution

Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Studies of children are looking at how they let their imagination run free to make and find unlikely connections.
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Human children are unique in using play to explore hypothetical situations rather than to rehearse actual challenges they’ll face later. Kittens may pretend to be cats fighting, but they will not pretend to be children; children, by contrast, will readily pretend to be cats or kittens — and then to be Hannah Montana, followed by Spider-Man saving the day.

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Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence | Inside Science

Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence | Inside Science | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
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"We basically view this as a grand unified theory of intelligence," said Wissner-Gross. "And I know that sounds perhaps impossibly ambitious, but it really does unify so many threads across a variety of fields, ranging from cosmology to computer science, animal behavior, and ties them all together in a beautiful thermodynamic picture."

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Coffitivity - Increase Your Creativity!

Coffitivity - Increase Your Creativity! | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work! Coffitivity is the virtual solution to research showing moderate ambient noise helps enhance creative cognition!
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According to the folks at Coffivity, the café has just the right amount of noise and movement to inspire creativity. So Justin Kausler, Nicole Horton and ACe Callwood set up a little website to help you out at work. It pipes café sounds into your headphones, which you can mix with your music.

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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn? | MindShift

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn? | MindShift | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Education reformers have been calling for a different type of education, one that nurtures creative and innovative thinkers. But for many, that future is hard to see
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