From Psychology Today
by Michael Michalko
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. Resurrecting your natural creatiavity through inspiring techniques and practical examples.
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by Frederic Lardinois
"For the longest time, pundits said that Google’s Chromebook initiative wouldn’t amount to much because Chrome OS couldn’t run complex applications like Photoshop. Those pundits will have to find another example now, because starting today, Photoshop will run on Chrome OS and on Chrome for Windows (if you are an Adobe education customer)."
Jim Lerman's insight:
This is a big deal for what it seems to presage; namely that complex apps, such as Photoshop, are capable of migrating to the cloud. This move by Adobe makes it even more likely that, in a short period of time, apps that we thought could only live on a hard drive won't have too. Computers will continue to cheaper and more powerful, at the same time.
by Christopher Ingraham, quoting Pavlina Tcherneva
"An examination of average income growth [in the U.S.] during every postwar expansion (from trough to peak) and its distribution between the wealthiest 10% and bottom 90% of households reveals that income growth becomes more inequitably distributed with every subsequent expansion during the entire postwar period."
by Colette Coleman
summary by EdSurge
"Why do teachers choose to not use edtech products, even if they've been shown to be successful? Former Teach For America corps member Colette Coleman outlines her observations this week in "5 Reasons Why Great Edtech Products Don't Succeed." (Hint: it's way more complex that the old "teachers don't have time" mentality.)"
by Denise Cassano
"Children naturally connect thoughts, words, and images long before they master the skill of writing. This act of capturing meaning in multiple symbol systems and then vacillating from one medium to another is called transmediation. While using art in the classroom, students transfer this visual content, and then add new ideas and information from their personal experiences to create newly invented narratives. Using this three-step process of observe, interpret, and create helps kids generate ideas, organize thoughts, and communicate effectively."
by Vindu Goel
"Virtual reality is virtually here — although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.
by George Kroner
"One of the most tangible ways that I see this unbundling and commoditization playing out is in the MOOC space. MOOCs are a great way for private companies (or in the case of EdX, a centrally-controlled organization) to, given time, amass the single best courses for every subject and store/deliver them through centrally-controlled platforms. The MOOC platforms are at the nexus of how I believe content and software will begin to intertwine themselves as educational technologies mature. As more people teach on the MOOC platforms, the analytics they capture and the network effects they produce will, in a self-reinforcing manner, increase the value and quality of their content and as a side effect also increase each MOOC platform’s ability to control the distribution channel of educational materials.
by Dan Gordon
summary by MiddleWeb Smartbrief
"Educator Todd Nesloney explains in this Q&A his plans to lead a new fourth- and fifth-grade school in Texas based on project-based learning and using social media. Among other ideas, Nesloney discusses flipped classrooms and collaborative student projects using technology, plus a summer professional-learning series for educators using Twitter. "
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to that, he worked at the Beacon School in New York City in a host of capacities. Lehmann was recently awarded the McGraw Prize in Education. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and was named one of Dell’s Inspire100, a list of individuals changing the world through social media.
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"Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is by no means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. A foundational method in online and blended education, as well as the most common means of informal and self-directed learning, networked learning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well as learning.
"In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners."
"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before. Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.' The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa. Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.
On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."
Via Seth Dixon, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
by David Raths
"As colleges and universities grapple with disruptive change in higher education, a few pioneers are taking an innovative approach to reinventing themselves and their future. For example, last November, Georgetown University's "Designing the Future(s) of the University" called on the entire campus community to explore what the Georgetown of 2030 will look like, and a July report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology set out toredefine the future of MIT's education.
"Now, the University System of Georgia is embarking on a similar mission to "Invent the Beyond," and it is opening up the process to others in higher education in a MOOC-like collaboration starting this week. In three interactive sessions, participants will visualize what learning models will look like in 15 years and explore the factors critical to the success of students, faculty and post-secondary institutions."
by Joshua Rothman
"This watchful, inner kind of creativity is not about making things but about experiencing life in a creative way; it’s a way of asserting your own presence amidst the much larger world of nature, and of finding significance in that wider world. By contrast, our current sense of creativity is almost entirely bound up with the making of stuff. If you have a creative imagination but don’t make anything, we regard that as a problem—we say that you’re “blocked.”
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"How did creativity transform from a way of being to a way of doing? The answer, essentially, is that it became a scientific subject, rather than a philosophical one. In 1950, a psychologist named J. P. Guilford kickstarted that transition with an influential speech to the American Psychological Association. Guilford’s specialty was psychometrics: during the Second World War, he helped the Air Force design tests to identify which recruits had the kinds of intelligence necessary to fly airplanes. Unsurprisingly, when it came to identifying creative people, Guilford found that you couldn’t measure the auxiliary light of the soul. You had to measure something more concrete, like the production of ideas."
by Maria Popova
"For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a subject close to my heart and mind: the question of how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information and why great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of an increasingly complex world. It comes as an organic extension of the seven most important life-learnings from the first seven years of Brain Pickings. Full essay text below — please enjoy."