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Category:Creativity Techniques - Mycoted

Category:Creativity Techniques - Mycoted | Writing | Scoop.it
This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality (Innovation). Like most tools these techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity and innovation techniques as tools in a toolbox in much the same way as my toolbox at home for DIY. It has a saw, spanner, hammer, knife and all sorts of other things in it, they are all very useful, but you have to pick the right tool (creativity / Innovation technique) for each job. This site will try and provide a little guidance along with each tool to let you know whether it's best used for cutting paper or putting in nails.

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What Makes Some People More Creative Than Others?

What Makes Some People More Creative Than Others? | Writing | Scoop.it
For now, let’s say brain scientists have moved us one step closer to understanding the neural mechanisms of creativity, and an important piece of the puzzle is this dual network functionality: the ability to let one’s mind wander and reign it in, making use of both processes at once.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 7, 12:40 AM

Interesting reading.

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A tool for planning creative projects.

A tool for planning creative projects. | Writing | Scoop.it
Your team's best ideas are scattered across hundreds of messages, emails and notes. Don't let them scroll past and be lost forever. Save them in Milanote and turn them into something great.

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Francisco González's comment, February 11, 3:18 AM
It's awesome, thank you!
Fiona Harvey's curator insight, February 11, 12:18 PM
Looks like this can be very useful. Especially if you’re remotely located. As Nik mentioned, bit like Padlet
Marco Bertolini's curator insight, February 12, 3:11 AM

Milanote : un Padlet avec des liens pour des projets créatifs !

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14 Tips to Help You Work Smarter

14 Tips to Help You Work Smarter | Writing | Scoop.it
Without a clear plan and strategy for your workday in place, most of us end up overcommitted, overwhelmed and overworked.

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We all want to work smarter, without actually having to work harder, yet our own experiences often hold us back from achieving this lofty aim. Taking advantage of the advice and experiences of others, can be a great way of learning how to work smarter, as you work your way through each busy day. This short article, provides tips from 14 busy senior executives, that you can implement yourself to work smarter every day.

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Scientists modify CRISPR to epigenetically treat diabetes, kidney disease, muscular dystrophy

Scientists modify CRISPR to epigenetically treat diabetes, kidney disease, muscular dystrophy | Writing | Scoop.it
Salk scientists have created a new version of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that allows them to activate genes without creating breaks in the DNA, potentially circumventing a major hurdle to using gene editin

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16 Apps that Support the Creative Process - The Tech Edvocate

16 Apps that Support the Creative Process - The Tech Edvocate | Writing | Scoop.it
Creativity is more than the ability to paint a pretty picture; it is a way in which original ideas are born and how they take form. It is about pushing boundaries, solving problems and bringing together skills in unique ways.  In a recent poll, 60% of CEO’s agreed that creativity was the most important skill to have in the workplace. With that in mind, it is important that we start turning to technology to facilitates the creative process. Through technology, we are not only offered new mediums but ways in which to organize our thoughts. Below are 16 apps that will support the creative process for both artists and big thinkers.

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16 Apps that Support the Creative Process - The Tech Edvocate

16 Apps that Support the Creative Process - The Tech Edvocate | Writing | Scoop.it
Creativity is more than the ability to paint a pretty picture; it is a way in which original ideas are born and how they take form. It is about pushing boundaries, solving problems and bringing together skills in unique ways.  In a recent poll, 60% of CEO’s agreed that creativity was the most important skill to have in the workplace. With that in mind, it is important that we start turning to technology to facilitates the creative process. Through technology, we are not only offered new mediums but ways in which to organize our thoughts. Below are 16 apps that will support the creative process for both artists and big thinkers.

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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018  | Writing | Scoop.it

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Jeff Fenwick Phillips's curator insight, November 13, 2017 10:01 AM

Gus Mees does a great job of curating his site about learning in the 21st century.  The Professional Learner's Toolkit provides helpful information for designing an LMS for educators.

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A great list of tools every professional can be using to keep up with their profession.
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10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox | Writing | Scoop.it
The Creativity Toolbox
Here are a few tools for your students’ creativity toolbox. Practice these techniques with students and they’ll begin to understand how to use them for themselves.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 25, 2017 3:23 PM

How many of these creativity tools have you used? Give your shelf a shot of new ideas.  Follow up!

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The Importance of Sleep and Strategies For Sleeping Better - Mind/Shift

The Importance of Sleep and Strategies For Sleeping Better - Mind/Shift | Writing | Scoop.it
The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.

“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” Walker says. “Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it.”

Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He points out that lack of sleep — defined as six hours or fewer — can have serious consequences. Sleep deficiency is associated with problems in concentration, memory and the immune system, and may even shorten life span.

“Every disease that is killing us in developed nations has causal and significant links to a lack of sleep,” he says. “So that classic maxim that you may [have] heard that you can sleep when you’re dead, it’s actually mortally unwise advice from a very serious standpoint.”

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The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People

The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People | Writing | Scoop.it
The rate at which you learn and progress in the world depends on how willing you are to weigh the merit of new ideas, even if you don’t instinctively like them. Perhaps especially if you don’t like them.

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The ability to change your mind is a superpower.
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My Personal Experience with the Equifax Debacle 

My Personal Experience with the Equifax Debacle  | Writing | Scoop.it

Probably like many of you, my family and I have been freaked out by the Equifax hack and have worked really hard to find out how to protect ourselves, and then do it.

 

The consensus view on basic protection is to:

 

1. Contact all 3 credit services and place a "Credit Freeze" on your account with them. Experian say, "a credit freeze makes it more difficult for an identity thief to open accounts in your name and also prevents new lenders from accessing your information unless you lift it."  The credit freeze remains in place until you notify them to "thaw" (or remove) it.

 

TransUnion calls the "Credit Freeze" a "Security Freeze." Both Experian and Equifax call it a "Credit Freeze."

 

You have to contact each service individually. This freeze is free (as of 9/15/17)

 

2. Contact 1 of the credit services and file a "Fraud Alert." There are 3 types of Fraud Alerts, but the simplest to get is a Temporary Alert that lasts for 90 days. These alerts are renewable after the first 90 days. With such a Temporary Fraud Alert, the credit service (and/or creditor) has to contact you for permission before they can access your credit information.

 

You only have to notify 1 of the 3 credit services for this; the one you contact is required by law to notify the other 2. This service is free (as of 9/15/17).

 

There are other things you can do to protect yourself. For example, each of the 3 credit services offers Identity Theft Protection, for a price. There are also other companies that do this. The most well known of these is probably LifeLock. All these services can be helpful, but they are expensive. Each member of your family over 18 is charged individually for this service. At anywhere from $15-$30 per month per person, or more, this mounts up fast. Whether you decide to do this is up to you.

 

AAA also has a form of Identity Theft Protection built into membership at no extra cost.

 

SOME TIPS

 

1. The 3 credit services are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. You may contact them by phone, internet, mail, or fax (not all of them may accept faxes all the time).

 

Based on my experience over this past week, phone is by all means the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to communicate with the 3 credit services. I was able to take care of all my business using my phone's touch keys -- did not have to talk to a human being at all! Each transaction only took a few minutes.

 

I found trying to do it online impossible. The lines are overloaded and the systems break down. I must have entered my information 50 times, to no avail. As time goes by, this will probably get easier as demand decreases, but right now, it's terrible. I actually spent several hours trying to get through this way.

 

Doing it by mail or fax requires you to supply more information than by phone and also copies of certain documents. This seems crazy to do unless there's a specific reason.

 

2. The credit services have a zillion phone numbers; which one should I call? Today, I received a mass email from one of my U.S. Senators which had the right numbers to use. Each one worked like a charm. These are the numbers that worked for me:

 

Equifax          800-685-1111

Experian        888-397-3742

TransUnion   800-680-7289

 

3. Even with taking all these steps, the "experts" say there is no way to be fully, 100% protected. That's really great. My wife heard on the news today that, 2 months ago, Equifax was considering a software defense package that was designed to head off this kind of first-world catastrophe. They declined to acquire it. :-(  I wonder how much CEO Smith's bonus will be this Xmas?

 

On the other hand, what about our sisters and brothers in Texas and Florida?

 


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Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students’ creativity - The Globe and Mail

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students’ creativity - The Globe and Mail | Writing | Scoop.it
While many Canadian educators struggle to find the solution to students' declining math scores, there's one expert who says we may be looking at the problem the wrong way. Sir Ken Robinson – education guru, author and adviser – says relentless testing and the push for standardized scores are destroying students' imagination and talent. He argues that schools are stifling instead of nurturing kids' creativity.

Sir Ken's 2006 TED talk, How Schools Kill Creativity, has had 47 million views and become one of the most popular talks in history. He was in Montreal this week for the Einstein Youth Forum, and sat down for an interview with The Globe and Mail.

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, September 12, 2017 2:00 AM
If you have a narrow conception of ability, you end up with a very big conception of disability or inability.
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How to ‘Reboot’ Your Creative Brain And Refresh Your Focus In 15 Minutes Or Less

In today’s information-obsessed world, our minds are in constant overdrive.

Your brain is a living, inventive, and rapidly renewing organ that needs all the care and maintenance it needs to function well and deliver everyday.

Brain recharge can help you recalibrate your energy for better focus, creativity and resilience.

Harold Kushener once said, “Think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”

We can adapt this to making the most of our brains; the further we get into understanding and recharging our brains, the more it works better, and thus comes our creativity.

Change your brain, change your life. If you want to be in control of your life, control the command center of your body.

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Creative Thinking :: Michael Michalko

Creative Thinking :: Michael Michalko | Writing | Scoop.it
Michael Michalko unveils the secrets of creative genius and brings life-changing creative techniques within everyone’s reach. His arsenal of powerful creative thinking tools can be used to tackle virtually any type of technical problem and to create new ideas. Without a doubt, his tools are the closest thing there is to a tactical instruction manual for thinking like a genius. His tools will help you approach problems with new vision, and you will discover a world of innovative solutions to everyday, and some not-so-everyday, challenges.

 

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Michalko is indeed one of the leading lights in promotion of creativity. This site offers a tremendous amount of free resources, including a newsletter subscription. I use his books and materials and value them highly. I have no connection with him or his company.


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How to be Creative – 6 Techniques to Boost Your Creativity 

How to be Creative – 6 Techniques to Boost Your Creativity  | Writing | Scoop.it
Do you want to know how to be creative? Check out this post now! You’ll find 6 creativity techniques that will bring you amazing results. Let’s get creative! 

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Over 200 Art Books Are Now Free to Download and Read

Over 200 Art Books Are Now Free to Download and Read | Writing | Scoop.it
We have just learned through Open Culture that New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has made several of its digitized artworks available for free. This includes a collection of 200 art books that are now free to read and download in both PDF and ePub formats. All of these items are available on The Internet Archive.

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Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from | Writing | Scoop.it
A unique combination of data sets for the first time lets us see more about who is — and, crucially, is not — able to successfully pursue a career as an inventor, and thus learn more about what’s arguably the biggest mystery in all of economics.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 6, 2017 6:48 AM

Some interesting research insights.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 8, 2017 4:02 PM
Who are we leaving behind? Who is the next Einstein that is overlooked due to class, gender, race, etc?
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Creative Thinking :: Michael Michalko

Creative Thinking :: Michael Michalko | Writing | Scoop.it
Michael Michalko unveils the secrets of creative genius and brings life-changing creative techniques within everyone’s reach. His arsenal of powerful creative thinking tools can be used to tackle virtually any type of technical problem and to create new ideas. Without a doubt, his tools are the closest thing there is to a tactical instruction manual for thinking like a genius. His tools will help you approach problems with new vision, and you will discover a world of innovative solutions to everyday, and some not-so-everyday, challenges.

 

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Michalko is indeed one of the leading lights in promotion of creativity. This site offers a tremendous amount of free resources, including a newsletter subscription. I use his books and materials and value them highly. I have no connection with him or his company.


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How Do You Play Games

How Do You Play Games | Writing | Scoop.it
This site features instructions and guides to fun games, icebreakers, activities for classrooms, parties, youth groups, camps and businesses. Click on a game to read how to play!

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Christiane Windhausen's curator insight, November 26, 2017 4:04 AM
Gute gruppensynamische Spiele für Teams 
The Library Patch's curator insight, November 26, 2017 6:20 AM
Through play we learn!
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 27, 2017 4:30 AM
NIce showcase on how to use games in a language class!
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How to Prepare a Web Design Brief 

How to Prepare a Web Design Brief  | Writing | Scoop.it

A Blog post from our Sponsor. Good tips to follow to ensure your web designer understands what outcomes you need from your new website.

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Many businesses struggle to adequately brief their web designers when they first seek quotes for a new website, and this usually leads to poor outcomes, that could have been avoided. To ensure that the quotes you receive from web designers, will if accepted, lead to the delivery of a great website that meets all of your requirements, you must prepare a comprehensive web design brief. This article outlines the minimum requirements you should include in any web design brief.

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10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills

10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills | Writing | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of months I've found and written about a number of really great tools and resources to help improve our students' writing skills. This is a collection of links to reviews of ten of the best.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 20, 2017 3:04 PM
These are very good resource writing tools that you can adapt and modify to fit within your 21st Century Teaching and Learning environments.
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10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills
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The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People

The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People | Writing | Scoop.it
The rate at which you learn and progress in the world depends on how willing you are to weigh the merit of new ideas, even if you don’t instinctively like them. Perhaps especially if you don’t like them.

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The ability to change your mind is a superpower.
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7 Websites – Fantastic For Writing Prompts

7  Websites – Fantastic For Writing Prompts | Writing | Scoop.it
I really enjoy teaching children to write, but finding news ways to inspire them to think creatively is always a challenge. Luckily, there are many online resources which can be a real support.  Have a look at my video walk-through to see my favourite 7: Here are the links which will take you directly to…

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Homeland of tea

Homeland of tea | Writing | Scoop.it

"China is the world’s biggest tea producer, selling many varieties of tea leaves such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and yellow tea. Different regions are famous for growing different types of tea. Hangzhou is famous for producing a type of green tea called Longjing or the Dragon Well tea. Tea tastes also vary regionally. Drinkers in Beijing tend to prefer jasmine tea while in Shanghai prefer green tea. Processing raw tea leaves for consumption is a time and labor-intensive activity and still done by hand in many areas in China. The Chinese tea industry employs around 80 million people as farmers, pickers and sales people. Tea pickers tend to be seasonal workers who migrate from all parts of the country during harvest time. In 2016, China produced 2.43 million tons of tea."


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This shows the importance of a product to a countries economy, culture, and use of physical geography. China is the worlds biggest producer of tea. This stimulates the economy greatly, and gives 80 millions people jobs as farmers, pickets and in sales. Exporting the tea to other countries also helps the economy. The workers are seasonal, and travel to the tea come harvest season. This also boost the economy in the travel sector. Tea is also hugely part of the cultural geography of China as it is believed to bring wisdom and lift the spirit to a higher level. 
Zavier Lineberger's curator insight, May 2, 9:49 PM
(East Asia) China, the founder of tea, is the largest producer of the most consumed drink in the world. With such an enormous country, regional differences between tea cultivation and culture naturally developed. There are approximately 80 million people involved in tea cultivation, which is non-mechanized in many parts. Linking tea with sanctity, farmers work long hours and come from across China seasonally.

A series of images follows the article. Most remarkable are the depictions of old and young Chinese farmers handpicking tea leaves, the vast plantations and agricultural architecture, and the tea tourism industry
Kelsey McIntosh's curator insight, May 3, 10:04 PM
This article looks into how the popular beverage, tea, is produced. China is not only the world's largest producer, but also creates many different types of tea including green, black and dragons well. The drink was discovered in 2737 by a Chinese emperor, and the industry employs approximately 80 million people and it produced 2.43 million tons in 2016