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Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Nearly Invisible to the Naked Eye

Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Nearly Invisible to the Naked Eye | Communication design | Scoop.it
Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new type of solar panel that is almost completely transparent.

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Photographer Arranges Foods In Beautiful Color Gradients That Will Soothe Your Soul

Photographer Arranges Foods In Beautiful Color Gradients That Will Soothe Your Soul | Communication design | Scoop.it
Food as it ripens or cooks and color gradients really get Brittany Wright, of Wright Kitchen, Seattle, going. Inspired by abstract artists, not food photography, her goal is to get people more familiar with what they eat by documenting how it changes.

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How To Streamline Your Work Life To Make Time For More Creative Ideas

How To Streamline Your Work Life To Make Time For More Creative Ideas | Communication design | Scoop.it
When you feel busy and overwhelmed innovation falls by the wayside, here's how to clear your mind and still get everything done.

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Delightfully unsettling portrait photos inspired by Renaissance portraiture

Delightfully unsettling portrait photos inspired by Renaissance portraiture | Communication design | Scoop.it

In his 2010 photo series 1503, photographer Christian Tagliavini recreates 16th century Renaissance portraits in eerie stylized images. Tagliavini spent six months painstakingly handcrafting all the costumes, including the rather elaborate hats. The models’ curiously long necks were achieved through deft photo manipulation.


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Boosting your Creativity in 10 Great Ways

Boosting your Creativity in 10 Great Ways | Communication design | Scoop.it
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a writer, artist or hobbyist, this article is for anyone looking new ways to get their creativity flowing again.

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Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity | Communication design | Scoop.it
How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.

Susan Sontag argued that lists confer v

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Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick - InformED

Creativity Killers: 10 Habits to Kick - InformED | Communication design | Scoop.it

"Here's what most of us know about creativity: We know that you aren't born with it, and that it can be learned; we know that people can be at their most in group setting; we know that the expression of creativity isn't exclusive to the arts; and we know that you shouldn't wait around for inspiration to strike.

But do we know that rewarding creative behaviour can stunt motivation? Do we know the creative brain depends on content just as much as it depends on imagination? Or that expecting one right answer all the time will actually prevent us from finding the right answer?"


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Is it possible that we believe we are teaching our learners to be more creative, when we may be doing the opposite? This post from InformEd looks at ten habits that actually impede creative growth, although many of us believe that they promote it. Four are listed below, with brief explanations.

* Thinking "outside the box" - If by thinking outside the box you believe that constraints are not necessary you may be wrong. This post says "originality may require constraints."

* Rewarding good performance - I see this as the question of intrinsic vs extrinsic factors...and research is showing that providing rewards for completing tasks does not foster motivated children.

* Using outdated teaching methods - education is constantly changing as we learn more about the brain and how we learn. How many of us hold on to methods that have been proven wrong, such as teacher-centered instruction, right brain/left brain paradigm, and teaching to the test?

* Bringing technology to the student - technology has great potential, but it may also be a distraction. The post shares a story of a teacher who used Google Docs to help his students share knowledge, but quickly learned that they did not have the foundation to use Google Docs effectively. He reflected on what he saw happening in his classroom and realized that many students like to move while they think, and created an activity where students would have to work together using butcher paper, post-its and pens...and using this process taught the students how Google Docs works, but without the computer.

There is much more information in the post so click through to see six more habits that are creativity killers.

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A Twisting Observation Tower at an Italian Forest

A Twisting Observation Tower at an Italian Forest | Communication design | Scoop.it

Architects Anton Pramstrahler and Alex Niederkofler have unveiled their proposal for a wooden viewing tower near Bruneck, northern Italy, with a twisted body shaped like a tree trunk .

The structure's spiralling form is intended to look like a tree that spreads out at its base and canopy – the result of a hexagonal section that rotates gradually as the tower ascends.

The proposed location is a forest nearby, and the architects want to build 90 per cent of the tower's structure from wood to evoke its natural context.

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What's the carbon footprint of the Internet? [Infographic]

What's the carbon footprint of the Internet? [Infographic] | Communication design | Scoop.it

What is the carbon footprint of one single Google search? How about a single email? These and many other questions are presented in the following infographic...


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TEDCACTIVE2015: The Maker's Playlist: 10 TED Talks to feed your tinkering habit

TEDCACTIVE2015: The Maker's Playlist: 10 TED Talks to feed your tinkering habit | Communication design | Scoop.it

The Makers: the ones mad for tinkering, experimenting, creating crazy things that move, blink and buzz. (Also known as the Inventor with 1000 Ideas or the DIY Guy/Gal).

The Makers: the ones mad for tinkering, experimenting, creating crazy things that move, blink and buzz. (Also known as the Inventor with 1000 Ideas or the DIY Guy/Gal).


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Curious about all this? Want to learn how to Make a Maker Space in your classroom or library? Teaching for Creativity and Innovation:  http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/maker.cfm

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/maker.cfm

Ana C. Robles's curator insight, April 24, 8:57 AM

Inspiring and interesting Ted talks to Create.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, April 30, 7:05 PM
Some STEM inspiration.
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14 Brilliant Uses for Mind Maps – Engage Your Whole Brain

14 Brilliant Uses for Mind Maps – Engage Your Whole Brain | Communication design | Scoop.it
In “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”, Michael J. Gelb explains that by using mind mapping regularly, you can train yourself to be a more balanced thinker, like da Vinci. Gelb adds that mind mapping stimulates both brain hemispheres: it lets you develop a logical sequence and detailed organization of your material, while encouraging imagination and spontaneity. In fact, he explains that the note-taking styles of many of history’s geniuses feature a branching, organic structure complemented by lots of sketches, creative doodles, and keywords.

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Clever Fashion Shoot Uses Colorful Leggings To Create Imaginative Images - DesignTAXI.com

Clever Fashion Shoot Uses Colorful Leggings To Create Imaginative Images - DesignTAXI.com | Communication design | Scoop.it
Rachel Thomas, a designer based in the UK, has collaborated with photographer Sandra Freijj for a hosiery shoot for Bare Journal, where she...
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Photos Of Pop Culture Icons Hilariously Added Into Historical Paintings - DesignTAXI.com

Photos Of Pop Culture Icons Hilariously Added Into Historical Paintings - DesignTAXI.com | Communication design | Scoop.it
Miley Cyrus, A Spanish beauty, by Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger.

French graphic artist Bénédicte Lacroix has created a funny Tumblr blog...
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Stock Photo - Paris, France, Wall Paintings, Graffiti, Abstract

Stock Photo - Paris, France, Wall Paintings, Graffiti, Abstract | Communication design | Scoop.it
Download this stock image: Paris, France, Wall Paintings, Graffiti, Abstract Street Art - C5N5H8 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, Stock Photo, illustrations and vectors.

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What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic

What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic | Communication design | Scoop.it
What does the Internet care about? What articles do we share the most? Using the data from the Ahrefs Content Explorer, the people at Funders and Founders 

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Interesting insight into the internet

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Houston, the City with (Almost) No Limits or Formal Zoning

Houston, the City with (Almost) No Limits or Formal Zoning | Communication design | Scoop.it
As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

In Houston, the lone major city in the United States that never has enacted zoning, the actual landscape hardly matches a dire hypothetical scenario. “If you drive around Houston after you’ve been to other major cities, you’ll find that, in many ways, we look very similar,” says Patrick Walsh, the city’s planning director. “We have commercial corridors with a lot of activity and a mix of uses; residential neighborhoods that are distinct and fairly uniform.”


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12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED

12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED | Communication design | Scoop.it
Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning. We can all agree that students who actively participate in learning are m

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IDEO envisions a future where self-driving workplaces commute to you

IDEO envisions a future where self-driving workplaces commute to you | Communication design | Scoop.it
Design and innovation consultancy IDEO has developed a series of self-driving vehicle concepts that could radically transform how we work, shop and travel.
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Phlegm, Robot, Sheffield - unurth | street art

Phlegm, Robot, Sheffield - unurth | street art | Communication design | Scoop.it
Street art from around the world

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Internet Replacing Radio: Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017

Internet Replacing Radio: Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017 | Communication design | Scoop.it

Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.


As Radio.no notes, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) will provide Norwegian listeners more diverse radio channel content than ever before. Indeed, DAB already hosts 22 national channels in Norway, as opposed to FM radio’s five, and a TNS Gallup survey shows that 56% of Norwegian listeners use digital radio every day. While Norway is the first country in the world to set a date for an FM switch-off, other countries in Europe and Southeast Asia are also in the process of transitioning to DAB.


requency modulation, or FM, radio was patented in 1933 and has been recording and sharing the human story for nearly a century. But its days are clearly waning. According to a 2012 Pew Study, while over 90% of Americans still listen to AM/FM radio at least weekly, more people are choosing to forgo analog radio for Internet-only services each year. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before many countries follow Norway’s example, although I’m not so sure I’m ready to part with my 80’s-era Grundig. Thing still sounds like a dream.


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Social Media And Business Top 3 Tips

Social Media And Business Top 3 Tips | Communication design | Scoop.it
Social media for your small business is a great way to interact and connect with current or potential customers. Find out how you can leverage social media.

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IDEO's Michael Hendrix on Design Thinking

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IDEO's Michael Hendrix shares his perspective on design thinking in preparation for his HOW Design Live presentation.

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How Earth Day changed the way we view cities

How Earth Day changed the way we view cities | Communication design | Scoop.it

In 1970, cities epitomized everything that was wrong with the planet. That's changed, partly because of Earth Day.


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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Communication design | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 26, 12:33 PM

Thanks to Gust Mees.

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 28, 7:39 PM

Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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The poetic street art of Agostino Iacurci

The poetic street art of Agostino Iacurci | Communication design | Scoop.it
A selection of street art creations by Italian artist Agostino Iacurci, who creates some gigantic soft and poetic murals that can be found across Europe, fr

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Watch: An Amazing Video Of A Chain Reaction Created With Toys And Other Objects - DesignTAXI.com

Watch: An Amazing Video Of A Chain Reaction Created With Toys And Other Objects - DesignTAXI.com | Communication design | Scoop.it
Popular Vine magician Zach King, previously featured for his awesome tricks, has collaborated with Red Bull on an amazing video of a chain...
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