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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

""Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.

 

1. You are creative.
2. Creative thinking is work.
3. You must go through the motions of being creative.
4. Your brain is not a computer.
5. There is no one right answer.
6. Never stop with your first good idea.
7. Expect the experts to be negative.
8. Trust your instincts.
9. There is no such thing as failure.
10. You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are.
11. Always approach a problem on its own terms.
12. Learn to think unconventionally.

 

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Larry Ferlazzo's The Best Science Sites of 2011

"Here’s the latest in my [Larry Ferlazzo] end-of-the-year “The Best…” lists.

 

As usual, sites on this list must be available free-of-charge and student resources must be accessible to English Language Learners.

 

Number one:


McDougal Littell’s Class Zone site http://tinyurl.com/bl8fvqx is on many of my Social Studies related “The Best…” lists — their interactives are incredible (the links I have in this post may, or may not, bring you directly to the interactives. If you get sent to a map, just click the subject you’re interested in and click on California. That will lead you to different textbooks — then click on one of them. That will lead you to the interactives). However, I realize I’ve never written about their equally as impressive high school biology sites http://tinyurl.com/dy6shfw. It, too, has plenty of interactive, and most provide audio support for the text.

 

Number two:


Earlier this year, Richard Byrne http://tinyurl.com/c9n92wp posted about a neat BBC interactive on rocks. I was pretty impressed, because it had subtitles and was relatively accessible to English Language Learners. So I explored the site a little further and found that the BBC Schools Bitesize KS3 site had a whole series of similarly accessible activities.


First, go to their main Science page http://tinyurl.com/kqosx. Next, click on any of the four primary categories:

 

- Organisms, behaviour and health
- Chemical and material behaviour
- Energy, electricity and forces
- The environment, the Earth and the universe

 

Each of these four sections has multiple “activities,” which are animated exercises that have audio and subtitles."

 

See the information about all the 2011 sites, thirteen so far, and past year's lists here: http://tinyurl.com/c9vd5es

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Get Ready for China's Innovation Juggernaut

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"The CEO of Coca-Cola recently stated that China is a better place to do business than the United States. Muhtar Kent's remarks were prompted by the complexities of America's tax code, its bureaucratic red tape, and its polarized political process."

 

"The Chinese are patiently preparing for what many see as their manifest destiny to lead the world. After all, China is the world's most populous country. But you will hear few hubristic statements from Beijing. China knows it has a long road ahead. Holding all those U.S. Treasury bonds, it doesn't expect or want America to stumble any time soon. Whatever the CEO of Coca-Cola may say, the U.S. still places No. 5 on the World Economic Forum's national competiveness rankings; China ranks 26th. And among the world's most valuable brands, the U.S. accounts for 60, China for none. However, the Asian Century may just turn out to be all in and all done by 2050, not 2100, unless the U.S. can get its mojo back soon."

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At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future

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At Google X, a clandestine lab that many employees do not know exists, engineers and robotics experts are tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas that eventually might not seem so far-fetched.

"In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined.

It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space."
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Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

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In her work with UCLA's Graduate School of Education, Rebecca Alber assists teachers and schools in meeting students' academic needs through best practices. Alber also instructs online teacher-education courses for Stanford University.

"Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

I visit a lot of classrooms. And I'm always fascinated by the variety of ways teachers launch the new school year and also with how they "run their rooms" on a daily basis. From these visits and my own experiences as an instructor, I'd like to offer my top 20 suggestions for keeping your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn."
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India’s Innovation Stimulus

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Native sons have gone from working for Western companies to running Indian companies that are offering solutions to India’s problems.

"All these schools, plus 600 million cellphones, plus 1.2 billion people, half of whom are under 25, are India’s hope — because only by leveraging technology and brains can India deliver a truly better life for its masses. There are a million reasons why it won’t happen, but there is one big reason it might. The predicted really is happening: India’s young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India’s problems. The late C.K. Prahalad called it “Gandhian innovation,” and I encountered many examples around New Delhi."
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The Power to Kill Innovation

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George Couros

This summer, I wrote a post discussing the world of social media, and how our administrators need to jump in and lead our schools in this “new world”.  Here is one of the things that I wrote in that post:

"There can no longer be an “opt out” clause when dealing with technology in our schools, especially from our administrators. We need to prepare our kids to live in this world now and in the future. Change may feel hard, but it is part of learning.  We expect it from our kids, we need to expect it from ourselves."

Last weekend, I was disheartened (as many were) reading a Matt Gomez post on the end of Facebook in his Kindergarten classroom (you should really read it and the comments).  The first thing I thought when reading it was, “Seriously, he is using Facebook with his Kindergarten students?”  I was shocked because I did not really understand how he would be doing this, but I continued to read on.  Here is where the post really got my attention...
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How to Fix Our Math Education

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The current curriculum is not a good way to prepare a vast majority of high school students for life.
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Will Artificial Intelligence Change Our Relationship with Tech?

Will Artificial Intelligence Change Our Relationship with Tech? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Advances in artificial intelligence could cause a big change in the way we interact with our devices over the coming year says one of Intel's experts."

 

"...I think in 2012 we will start to see signs of change in our relationships with devices.

 

Here I do not just mean more forms of new interfaces and new interactions. This is less about gesture and voice recognition and more about machines that are contextually and situationally aware.

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Creativity


I think this means we can look forward to our interactions with digital devices maturing into something more like a relationship, and a little less like a lot of hard work.

 

Of course, some of that is a little way off. In the meantime, we have other things to look forward to.

 

The last couple of years have seen a lot of devices to help us download and consume media content. Those have been great and have clearly found a place in many of our homes and backpacks.

 

And there is surely more to come, as we all still like a good story. But I think 2012 might be a year in which our desire to make things, and not just consume things, really blossoms."

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Proof in Study: Math App Improves Test Scores (And Engagement)

Proof in Study: Math App Improves Test Scores (And Engagement) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Last year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released an iPad app for eighth-grade algebra, and conducted a study with 1,000 California students examining how those using the app perform compared to those who don’t. That study should be released next month, but early signs are pointing to favorable results.

 

Until that bigger study is released, another smaller one released today might provide some fodder for iPad enthusiasts. The app Motion Math, which teaches players about fractions, commissioned an independent study with 122 fifth-graders and came up with some encouraging results. According to the report, released by GameDesk, showed that fifth graders’ fractions test scores improved an average of over 15% after playing Motion Math for 20 minutes daily over a five-day period, a significant increase compared to a control group.

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A Few Ideas for Beleaguered Innovators - Scott Anthony

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"Keep the faith. That's what I said to a client who is going through a crisis of confidence. Over the summer he had put together the underpinnings of what on paper looked like a promising growth business. But — as is usually the case — the more he analyzes, the more he doubts; the more he shows the results of his analysis to senior leaders, the more questions they ask, and the more they doubt.

If you are doing something that hasn't been done before, careful analysis will by definition highlight reasons to not proceed. Market demand can't be validated. Experts dismiss technological assumptions. Partnership discussions stall. There is always something that causes this crisis of confidence. Harvard Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter has seen this so frequently that she coined Kanter's Law: Everything can look like a failure in the middle. When you first formulate an idea, excitement peaks. But the more you study that idea, the more you realize the challenges that lie in front of you."
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Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All

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"Downloading — quite often stealing, in the eyes of the law — music, movies, books and photos is easier than bobbing for apples in a bucket without water. It has kept legions of lawyers employed fighting copyright violations without a whole lot to show for their efforts in the past decade.

You think that was bad? Just wait until we can copy physical things.

It won’t be long before people have a 3-D printer sitting at home alongside its old inkjet counterpart. These 3-D printers, some already costing less than a computer did in 1999, can print objects by spraying layers of plastic, metal or ceramics into shapes. People can download plans for an object, hit print, and a few minutes later have it in their hands.

Call it the Industrial Revolution 2.0. Not only will it change the nature of manufacturing, but it will further challenge our concept of ownership and copyright. Suppose you covet a lovely new mug at a friend’s house. So you snap a few pictures of it. Software renders those photos into designs that you use to print copies of the mug on your home 3-D printer.

Did you break the law by doing this? You might think so, but surprisingly, you didn’t."

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Student Voice in Education Reform

Education as it should be - passion-based.

"This past week, major news publications featured the voices of two young people who clearly articulate the need of the educational systems to change to better meet their needs -  educationally, personally, and professionally (yes, young people have professional needs).

Nikhil Goyal, a 16-year-old junior at Syosset High School in New York, in the Huffington Post article, It’s Time for a Learning Revolution, states:

'Students are left out of the debate, even though (sic) we have the most important opinions.  Instead of schools cherishing students’ passions and interests, they destroy them. Let’s raise kids to dream big and think different. America will need to re-kindle the innovative spirit that has propelled in the past. It’s a do or die moment. Bring on the learning revolution!

I propose that we institute a 21st century model of education, rooted in 21st century learning skills and creativity, imagination, discovery, and project-based learning. We need to stop telling kids to shut up, sit down, and listen to the teacher passively.'"
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Derek's Blog » Schools should astonish kids - Case in Point: Gandhian innovation

Just read an article by Tom Friedman that illustrates Stephen's message perfectly. India's Innovation Stimulus: http://nyti.ms/u0U94r  Creative people are inventing innovative solutions that liberate India's poorest people. Farming software to increase crop productivity. A prescreening device to significantly reduce the ravages of eye maladies. Transportation software to efficiently locate the cheapest fares. Astonishing! Imagine what the world would be like twenty years from now if students were all learning to be creative astonishers whose passion in life is to invent a better future. And if that's not enough to motivate schools to change, invite them to imagine what the world will be like if students are not learning to be astonishers.
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REL Northeast and Islands: Policy Challenges Webinar: Supporting the Transition to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

REL Northeast and Islands: Policy Challenges Webinar: Supporting the Transition to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

WEBINAR

Thursday, October 6, 2011

3:00-4:30 PM EDT

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Nearly all jurisdictions in the Northeast and Islands Region have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Yet, as states and districts seek to implement the CCSS, policymakers and practitioners need to understand the foundational research and initiatives behind the standards, as well as learn how to build students’ knowledge so they will graduate high school able to succeed in college and in workforce training programs.

 

In this webinar, Dr. Francis “Skip” Fennell, a mathematics education expert and member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, will bridge research to practice as it relates to implementation of the CCSS initiative in the area of mathematics. He will clarify links between the CCSS and the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report recommendations and provide an overview of the research foundations and policy considerations for educational leaders and practitioners to understand and implement the CCSS. He will discuss the new expectations for mathematical competency embedded in the CCSS and share practical strategies for building students’ foundational mathematics knowledge, particularly as they move through elementary and middle-school grades. Webinar participants will be able to submit questions to Dr. Fennell through an online chat room.

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Creating Innovators with “Outlier teachers:” A Sneak Peek at Tony Wagner’s New Book

Creating Innovators with “Outlier teachers:” A Sneak Peek at Tony Wagner’s New Book | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Dad, there's your favorite word again, my son calls out, a tad cynically, when we are driving to school listening to NPR and a reporter uses the word innovation.
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