Les Simpson is an Apple Distinguished Educator and the Creative Director of Education Technology at Manor New Technology High School, where he has taught (Reading How Can Technology Empower Deeper Learning in a 21st Century School?
"Geniuses produce because they think fluently and flexibly," says Michael Michalko in his book "Cracking Creativity."
"Fluency of thought means generating quantities of ideas." A key characteristic of genius is immense productivity. Thomas Edison held 1093 patents. Einstein published 248 papers. Darwin wrote 119 papers besides his theory of evolution. Therefore, if you want more creative/innovative thinking in your organization, you must encourage the generation of "quantities of ideas."
However, if you stifle creative thinking by sending subtle or not so subtle messages that "we must just spend our time doing things the way we have always done"...because they have worked, you'll never find a better more efficient method. Your innovative risk-taking competitor will! That's how Microsoft climbed to success passing IBM and why they know they have to continue investing mega-millions in R&D.
===> You must encourage people to think creatively and take risks. <===
The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools. To counteract educational standards, testing and uniformity, this fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity -- products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating -- and exploits new digital tools to make, share and learn across space and time, do-it-yourself (DIY) style.
Museums, libraries, community centers and after-school programs have designed physical and virtual "makerspaces" to host communities of supportive peers and mentors invested in creating everything from nail polish design and webpages to jewelry and robots . . . and now, even school curriculum.
Heritage Newspapers SALINE: Board discusses 'next-generation' learning in classrooms Heritage Newspapers Students will work in small groups to come up with a presentation outlining how to use the school's budget to make their classroom space...
That's the question that was posed to me this week by the faculty at a wonderful school on Manhattan's upper east side in preparation for some upcoming PD (What does 21st Centrury learning look like in an elementary school?
"Educators, researchers, and students are discovering the benefits and advantages of cooperative, active, and engaged learning. Classroom spaces that support such a shift in teaching and learning have lagged behind. A significant opportunity exists for maximizing learning opportunities and creating meaningful experiences by rethinking the classroom experience."
Learn how classroom layout and classroom design of school furniture can contribute to your students' learning experience (Classroom Layout | Classroom Design | School Furniture http://t.co/HFv1L60gWg)...
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