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Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker

Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If spontaneity is something you need to work on, consider trying out some of these improvisation exercises to get your mind thinking more quickly and creatively.
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Easy ways to practice improvisation by yourself.

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Teaching Nonfiction Content Through the Art of Story

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Stories are an effective teaching tool for nonfiction content because they help make new concepts more personal, more memorable, more meaningful.
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Household Object Challenges – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

Household Object Challenges – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Research shows that we learn best by doing.  Author Daniel Pink in his book, A Whole New Mind, argues that we are better prepared for the future if we embrace these concepts: design, story, empathy, sympathy, play, and meaning.

So, I set about creating challenges that would invite children to learn by doing and incorporate the concepts articulated by Daniel Pink on Think! Using household materials makes these challenges affordable but also more challenging. Innovation requires the creative use of resources.  If you want your child to be an innovator, there is no better preparation than these types of challenges.

 

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Artful Thinking

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The goal of the Artful Thinking program is to help students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning – in the arts, and across school subjects.The program is one of several programs at Project Zero linked by the theme “Visible Thinking."

Artful Thinking has 6 interrelated components: The Artful thinking Palette (6 thinking dispositions at the heart of the program); thinking routines,works of art, curricular connections, visible thinking, and teacher study groups.

Click here for a complete overview of the program.

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7 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Augmented reality apps are transoforming and revolutionizing the way learning and education are delivered. I have already written a detailed guide on everything teachers need to know about Augmented reality and below is list of some great Augmented reality apps to go with it. Check them out below and share with us what you think of them...


1- Junaoi: Augmented Reality Browser

2- Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer

3- Wikitude

4- Star Chart

5- Layar, Augmented Reality

6- Acrossair Augmented Reality Browser

7- ZooBurst

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Two Nice Tools Students Can Use to Create Picture Books

Two Nice Tools Students Can Use to Create Picture Books | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Over the years I've found that drawings and pictures can be good creative writing prompts for students. Here are two tools that elementary school students can use to create stories prompted by drawings.
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How to tell a story | TED Playlists | TED

How to tell a story | TED Playlists | TED | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Why do we love our favorite stories? Do they need a beginning, middle and end, and a character who changes by the conclusion? Masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.
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Karen Schmidt's curator insight, June 14, 2013 10:28 AM

let's check this our for our MSG Knowledge Café storytelling :-)

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The Art of Complex Problem Solving

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MyKLogica's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:42 AM

Muy interesante este ideagrama en el que nos muestra la efectividad de los "Modelos visuales" a la hora de solucionar problemas/retos complejos, ayudando a "seguir el hilo" y hacerlos tangibles.

Nacho Vega's comment, June 12, 2013 6:41 AM
Interesante modelo
Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, April 16, 2:28 AM

#Réflexivité Cette ressource en ligne présente un outil pédagogique qui explique les logiques et processus mis en oeuvre dans la résolution d'un problème complexe.

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How to Tell Your 'Story of Self' | BillMoyers.com

How to Tell Your 'Story of Self' | BillMoyers.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools that organizers and movement builders have at their disposal -- and personal stories often have the most impact.

 

Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools organizers can use to unite a movement. Your story is the “why” of organizing — the art of translating values into action through stories. It is an ongoing discussion process through which individuals, communities and nations construct their identity, make choices and inspire action. Each of us has a compelling story to tell that can move others.

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The Business of Creativity: Assessing the Creative Spark Creativity at Work

The Business of Creativity: Assessing the Creative Spark Creativity at Work | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The Business of Creativity: Results from a study on assessing the creative spark conducted by the Motion Picture Association of America, Microsoft & TIME

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When there is a Correct Answer Exercise in Creative Thinking

Who wants a correct answer?

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I'm wondering how this would work with adult trainees... Can't wait to try it out!

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain, by Louis Cozolino

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain, by Louis Cozolino | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learning is a dynamic function that each person experiences in a vastly different way. For instance, one individual may retain knowledge the best by studying a textbook while another may need to link an idea to a physical activity they perform.

 

In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.

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Great tips for applying Brain Science to the Classroom.

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Skills Converged > Negotiation Exercise: Compete and Collaborate Simultaneously

Skills Converged > Negotiation Exercise: Compete and Collaborate Simultaneously | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This exercise is ideal for team building and negotiation where delegates learn to share their resources and also negotiate with each other in a competitive environment. They will learn that cooperation can be much more effective than direct competition or being difficult.

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Studio Days - The Inspired Classroom

Studio Days - The Inspired Classroom | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Last year I tried a new idea with my fourth graders – Studio Day and it was a hit!  Please, let me share!


Concept – Students are given a long amount of time to start and complete a project.  This time (1-3 hours) is more time than normally given so that students are forced to work their way through the creative process.  (Instead of starting something only to put it into their “To Do” folder to work on when they can.)  It also allows students to work on a project that can be quite involved and include some real artistic creation in the visual arts, music, theater, and/or poetry making, etc.


Time – Carve out an amount of time that is more then what you would expect.  This will allow for ample clean up time and for “Pushing Time.”   Pushing time, for me begins when the first student says they are done and I follow up with, “No you’re not.  What else can you do with this?”

 

Place – Using an area outside of the normal classroom (art room, outside, big open space) can be a great idea.  It gives a special feel to the time you have and it takes away a lot of distractions.  (Kind of like when you bring your work to the kitchen table, away from your office desk.)


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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History | Serious Play | Scoop.it

I'm an evangelist.

A book evangelist, that is. I want my students to read widely and read often, to pick up a book instead of browsing Tumblr every time they are bored. But I have no desire to assess my students for each book they read during the year. I do want my students to think about some of the books that have affected them and influenced them, though. And I want them to plan ahead and think about the books they want to read in the future. In other words, I want them to be readers.

 

Recently, I've also been fascinated by the way the human mind interprets visual symbols. From doodling to reading and writing text, the brain is wired with a proclivity for visual sensory ability. In order to help students harness this power, we have been trying our hand at visual notes and sketchnoting in class. Then I decided to try some lessons with infographics.


When I found this lesson about reading histories, I was inspired. What if I could combine my students' fresh knowledge of visual notetaking and infographics with an analysis of their reading lives? What would they learn about themselves as readers? What would they learn about each other?

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Tell a Better Story – Storytelling Made Simple – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

Tell a Better Story – Storytelling Made Simple – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids | Serious Play | Scoop.it
You can tell your child a story by remembering the basic story elements. Character, Setting, Plot. Lots of ideas to get you started telling bedtime stories, even if you don't think you can.
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Jumpstart Your Lessons with Artful Thinking -Education Closet

Jumpstart Your Lessons with Artful Thinking -Education Closet | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"Teaching with the Artful Thinking routines is my #1 go-to technique for engaging and motivating students and for jumpstarting an arts integration lesson. Studies show that approximately 65% of our students are visual learners. Why not help students develop deeper understanding of the content by tapping into this phenomenon? You will not only bring lots of art into your classroom and get kids talking excitedly about it with each other, but you will also be teaching and practicing critical thinking skills students need for the 21st century.  The routines are easy to teach and are adaptable to any grade level classroom."

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From the article:

Artful Thinking routines are fourteen short, flexible and easy strategies developed by Project Zero, a renowned educational research group at Harvard University along with Traverse City, Michigan Schools.  They were designed to use art as the power for developing critical thinking skills and connecting students to the content. They do both beautifully and artfully!


When using the routines, students are asked to observe a piece of art (any teacher selected painting, sculpture, photo, or artifact) and respond to it by exploring, describing and connecting to what they see.  Incidentally, for auditory learners, the same routines can be applied to listening to a piece of music.  The routines are classified into categories of critical thinking skills Project Zero calls thinking dispositions.  Students might be asked to make interpretations and inferences with “I See/Hear, I Think, I Wonder”, provide evidence and reasoning with “Claim, Support, Question”,  or explore viewpoints with “Perceive, Know, Care About”, to name a few.


You can find the full array of routines with detailed descriptions for and how to use them at the Artful Thinking website:http://www.pzartfulthinking.org/routines.php or check out my Artful Thinking “cheat sheet” at Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-stw-bates-artsintegration-addt’lresource-artfulthinkingroutines.pdf

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20 Ways to Integrate Bloom's Taxonomy into your PowerPoint Presentations ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Ways to Integrate Bloom's Taxonomy into your PowerPoint Presentations ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

PowerPoint is a powerful presentation tool that has stood the test of time. Personally when I am planning a slideshow and if, for any reason, I can not access Google Docs then my second immediate choice is PowerPoint.

Today, as I was thumbing through my feeds I came across this awesome chart created by Aditi Rao from Teachbytes. The chart features 20 ways you can use PowerPoint with Bloom's Taxonomy. Check it out below and let us know what you think of it.

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Show, Don’t Tell: 5 Lessons In Communication

"Show, don’t tell is about storytelling. The beauty of teaching through storytelling is that a story provides lessons that can be translated and interpreted. Storytelling inspires people because someone is sharing what they have accomplished and the listener learns it is possible and can use her imagination to decide how to apply it."


Via Gregg Morris
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Show, don’t tell is about conveying a message so that the lessons learned are personalized, rather than a list of laws.


How can you teach someone something that isn’t teachable?


1. Create An Experience

2. Tell A Story

3. Use A Metaphor

4. Set An Example

5. Reward The Best Examples

 

... our job is to educate, inspire, talk to and listen to people. We’re often inclined to do this by lecturing but the most effective way is a less direct route that has more impact and better staying power. Show, don’t tell.

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The creative spark | TED Playlists | TED

The creative spark | TED Playlists | TED | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Need a burst of inspiration? Wildly creative thinkers share ideas, strategies and warmhearted encouragement to let your genius out.
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The Free Online Image Editor for All Levels: Open Pixlr

The Free Online Image Editor for All Levels: Open Pixlr | Serious Play | Scoop.it

 

 


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Robin Good's curator insight, June 8, 2013 5:29 AM



If I were to recommend an online image/photo editor, that is fast, flexible and that provides all of the tools and features I generally need, I wouldn't hesitate a second in recommending Pixlr.


Not only this free web-based image editor is zippy and responsive as it can get, but it offers three alternative "versions" depending on your needs and skill level.


1) The Open Pixlr Express is the one I use the most, as it offers all of the basic functionalities I generally need, such as cropping, resizing, converting and basic retouching.


2) The Open Pixlr Editor is the advanced version which integrates all of the photo retouching tools you may need, as well as image layers, filters and more.


3) For non-technical people, kids and novices the Open Pixlr-o-Matic offers a perfect solution by integrating all of the key basic functions in an attractive and much simplified interface.


There is also a free mobile version both for Android and one for iPhone/iPad.


Free to use. No regsitration required.


Try it out now: http://pixlr.com/



Related tools: Picmonkey



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Create Your Own Narrated iBooks With Book Creator

Create Your Own Narrated iBooks With Book Creator | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Book Creator allows anyone to create their own books using images, text, videos, and audio recordings.

Book Creator is not a free app ($4.99 as an individual and less with volume purchasing) but I think that it is well worth the money that I spent on it.

 

The latest updates to Book Creator allows you to export your books to ePub 3.0 format. The exported file can be opened an read in the Chrome web browser using the free Readium browser extension. This is a great option as it allows a parent who doesn’t have an iPad at home to view his or her child’s work at home.

Another feature added to Book Creator 2.5 is the option to take pictures and videos from within the app. Version 2.5 introduced new page format options including a full screen format.

Read more here: http://ipadapps4school.com/2013/03/25/with-book-creator-2-5-released-with-a-fantastic-new-sharing-option/

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Everything you need to know about storytelling, in 5 minutes | Nieman Storyboard

Everything you need to know about storytelling, in 5 minutes | Nieman Storyboard | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is the basic framework of a story.  A story is the journey of this character you care about, confronting and dealing with this obstacle, to reach this pot of gold.  It then must answer:

- What’s the story about?

- What’s it REALLY about?

 

This basic framework lies at the heart of it all. If you don’t have them all, you might have something, but you don’t have a story.

 

Read the full article to find out more.


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30hands app for storytelling and presentation

Different from other presentation apps, 30hands Mobile focuses on the power of storytelling. Like pages in a book, photos or images are dragged around the desktop into the order of the story. Next, the teacher or student records audio over each image. Finally, the story or presentation can be published to the device’s photo area or uploaded to a 30hands collaborative learning site.


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Chaiyi Bee's curator insight, June 9, 2013 3:30 AM

手機可用的

designandtech's curator insight, June 9, 2013 10:25 AM

Very easy to use with elementary grade students. 

Samantha Ellis's curator insight, June 9, 2013 7:23 PM

This is fabulous, Could be a valuable source for all levels of learners, easy to use and could help establish new ideas.

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How To Bypass The 5 Worst Mistakes In Online Presentations

How To Bypass The 5 Worst Mistakes In Online Presentations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Getting ready to make an online presentation? Here's how to ensure yours are memorable, engaging and successful.
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