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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Marty the Robot by Robotical | #MakerSpace #Coding #Creativity #EdTech 

Meet Marty the Robot, a fully programmable and customisable walking robot. For kids, for makers, and for educators Now launched on Indiegogo!! Get you....

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 17, 7:03 PM

Meet Marty the Robot, a fully programmable and customisable walking robot. For kids, for makers, and for educators Now launched on Indiegogo!! Get you....

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 

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13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse

13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Creating your own images is also an excellent tactic for re-purposing text-only content into enticing images. Here are some examples: Turn quotes into an interesting slideshow, post an event announcement on a pretty picture, place stats onto eye-catching graphs, give a blog post title some pizzaz, create an infographic about the history of your biz, create a catchy, custom featured image for a video, etc. The possibilities are endless.


To help you create images that get BuzzFeed-worthy engagement, here are 13 of our favorite and easy-to-use visual content creation tools....


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ffeog's curator insight, March 13, 2015 4:38 AM

A picture speaks a thousand words - some good resources here for visual content and creation to add a visual dimension to your messages, which tend to perform much better for opens and clicks than text alone.

Carlene Kelsey's curator insight, March 25, 2015 10:22 AM

Content is shared in many forms.  These tools make it pretty easy to get creative.

Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, March 25, 2015 3:14 PM
Good article to help anyone wanting to create better content.
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10 iPad Apps to Foster Kids Creativity

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 15, 2014 10:11 PM

Creativity is a skill that is often hard to teach but using apps to engage students with creative thinking and production is a fun and useful way of engaging children.

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, February 18, 2014 1:11 AM

ICT and the curriculum.

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Best Education Infographics - 2013

Best Education Infographics - 2013 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Infographics, when used correctly, appropriately, are powerful tools for conveying a lot of pertinent information plus they support visual learning and thinking.  I curate a Scoopit on Infographics...


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Jackie Gerstein shares her top picks for education infographics this year. Some of these have been shared in this Scoop.it but many are new. The list of infographics includes:

* The Internet Access Gap in Education

* The Past, Present and Future of Education

* State of Creativity in Education: An Adobe Survey

* The Gamification of Education

* Tapping into Mobile Learning

* Investing in Girls' Education Pays Off

Many of these would be useful as topics for discussion or to use to teach students why infographics are useful in displaying data.



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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 29, 2013 9:33 PM

Jackie Gerstein shares her top picks for education infographics this year. Some of these have been shared in this Scoop.it but many are new. The list of infographics includes:

* The Internet Access Gap in Education

* The Past, Present and Future of Education

* State of Creativity in Education: An Adobe Survey

* The Gamification of Education

* Tapping into Mobile Learning

* Investing in Girls' Education Pays Off

Many of these would be useful as topics for discussion or to use to teach students why infographics are useful in displaying data.

eclat's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:15 AM

Подтверждение того, что инфографика - должна быть важной составной частью обучения, в том числе в системе последипломного образования

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:36 PM

These are interesting and insightful infographics.

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What's the Point of Creativity?

What's the Point of Creativity? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Creativity cannot be divorced from the real needs of real people.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, September 20, 2013 1:52 AM

My creativity comes in the form of using my unique contribution to serve those around me whose lives I can touch. Or it may be in supporting those who can touch the lives of others that I cannot reach. How do I help share my love of humanity.


The Kalama Sutra shares in closing:


However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.



Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 20, 2013 8:57 PM

Recommended by Ozzie Gontang...

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25 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Inc.

25 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Inc. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original--it just takes practice.


by Christina Desmarais


"You might think of creativity as something clever marketers or copywriters whip out when they need to come up with a compelling ad, or a personal trait only certain people, such as successful serial entrepreneurs or brilliant improv actors, naturally possess. But according to Keith Sawyer, research psychologist and author of "Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity," everyone can be more creative just by taking eight incremental steps, but not necessarily in linear order. His path to creativity is more back and forth, a process in which the steps to greater imagination and originality build on and feed off each other.


"The book is a gem, chock full of fascinating findings from research studies and a deep well of tactics that will get you thinking differently. In fact, Sawyer advocates what is likely a radical shift in mindset for most people. Coming up with good ideas isn't something we leave until there's a pressing need. Rather, it's is a skill that can be practiced daily to solve life's problems as well as discover its opportunities.


"Here are his steps for cultivating creativity, along with a sampling of tips that can help you along the way."

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The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 ~ Brain Pickings

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 ~ Brain Pickings | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"In 1926, thirteen years before James Webb Young’s Technique for Producing Ideas and more than three decades before Arthur Koestler’s seminal “bisociation” theory of how creativity works, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder Graham Wallas, sixty-eight at the time, penned The Art of Thought— an insightful theory outlining the four stages of the creative process, based both on his own empirical observations and on the accounts of famous inventors and polymaths. Though, sadly, the book is long out of print, with surviving copiessold for a fortune and available in a few public libraries, the gist of Wallas’s model has been preserved in a chapter of the 1976 treasure The Creativity Question (public library) — an invaluable selection of meditations on and approaches to creativity by some of history’s greatest minds, compiled by psychiatrist Albert Rothenberg and philosopher Carl R. Hausman, reminiscent of the 1942 gem An Anatomy of Inspiration.


"Wallas outlines four stages of the creative process — preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification — dancing in a delicate osmosis of conscious and unconscious work. These phases, which literary legend Michael Cowley would come to parallel in his 1958 model of the four stages of writing, go as follows:"

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Another gem by Popova

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10 Tips to Cultivate Your Creativity - World of Psychology

10 Tips to Cultivate Your Creativity - World of Psychology | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
For the past 30 years creativity coach Eric Maisel, Ph.D, has worked with a variety of individuals, everyone from artists to authors to musicians to scientists
Jim Lerman's insight:

Some good tips here. I like the ones about a starting ritual, create every day, and thinking about devotion rather than discipline.

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David Hain's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:29 AM

Some good tips here...

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David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity ~ Open Culture

David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity ~ Open Culture | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Colin Marshall

 

"David Lynch meditates, and he meditates hard. Beginning his practice in earnest after it helped him solve a creative problem during the production of his breakout 1977 film Eraserhead, he has continued meditating assiduously ever since, going so far as to found the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace and publish a pro-meditation book called Catching the Big Fish. It might seem nonsensical to hear an artist of the grotesque like Lynch speak rapturously about voyaging into his own consciousness, let alone in his fractured all-American, askew-Jimmy-Stewart manner, but he does meditate for a practical reason: it gives him ideas. Only by meditating, he says, can he dive down and catch the “big fish” he uses as ingredients in his inimitable film, music, and visual art. You can hear more of his thoughts on meditation, consciousness, and creativity in his nine-minute speech above."

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More videos and additional resources at this site.

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How to use mind maps to "zoom in" and solve your creative challenges ~ mindmapping software blog

How to use mind maps to "zoom in" and solve your creative challenges ~ mindmapping software blog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Chuck Frey

 

"I recently came across an article that suggests that to be creative, we must get good at deconstructing challenges and situations into their elements. In so doing, we will reveal the bits and pieces that may be turned to creative advantage. Here’s how the author explains it:

 

“To get good at creativity, you’re going to have to cultivate the ability to pay attention to details. We talk about ‘close reading’ frequently in literature, art history, and architectural criticism—it’s the process of looking at a single work incredibly carefully. Imagine looking at a few hundred words of a novel and examining it for context, tone, literary references, structure, intent, etc. In a way, for the moment, we treat those few hundred words as more valuable and with more intensity than the entire novel itself. We treat details of problems with the same level of regard and intensity when we’re being creative.”

 

"It’s sort of like peeling away the layers of an onion. And this kind of deconstruction is exactly the kind of thing that mind mapping – by hand or with software – is incredibly good at. One way to do this is by dividing your creative problem or challenge into its attributes and arranging them in a mind map, similar to the one shown above. Once you’ve done this you can think about each one separately, and think of ways to change or improve it. One advantage of utilizing a mind map for listing attributes is its strength in the area of word association. As you record the attributes of your challenge, you’ll discover that your brain is generating other related keywords. Record those, too."

 

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4 Strategies That Inspire Creativity | Inc.

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by Samuel Bacharach

 

"At the age of 20, Lorenzo the Magnificent was the most powerful and wealthiest man in 15th century Europe. His father, Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, had recently died and left him the Medici bank along with the reins of the Florentine government.

 

"By exploring Lorenzo’s patronage we can learn not just about generosity and sponsorship, but about how to inspire real creativity and talent. 

 

"Here are four ways, drawn from the experiences of Lorenzo, that you can get the best out of your ‘creatives’"

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for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever

for the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 12:07 PM

Oh, this is SO lovely!~

Mark Gantt's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:19 PM

love this! creativity

Nancy White's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:39 AM

Beautifully illustrates that if we want students to be creative, we need to give them choice - and freedom to use their imaginations!

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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
365 things to make you go

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Jim Lerman's insight:

Denise and Vicki are correct; these 365 things also make great writing and discussion starters.

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netquester's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:32 PM

Excellent  way to start the day

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:22 PM

writing prompts? discussion starters? debates or research?

Tui Needham, Career Development Specialist's comment, April 20, 2013 9:01 PM
Like this a lot, some goodies when running workshops and you want get people thinking.
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Evolution of Note Taking: New Forms

Evolution of Note Taking: New Forms | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Note taking is a big topic among educators. How do we teach it to our students? What are the best methods? Is digital note taking worse than taking your notes on a piece of paper? I am a big advoca...


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Barbara Macfarlan's curator insight, August 21, 2015 7:09 PM

This sums it up nicely.

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, August 22, 2015 5:52 AM

very interesting!

Suvrodeb Biswas's curator insight, August 24, 2015 5:11 AM

wow........

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Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Skype



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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning.