Category Archives: Creativity

Creativity as an Academic Discipline

Source: NYTimes, Feb 2014 Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a prized and teachable skill. Pin it on pushback against standardized tests and standardized thinking, or on the need for ingenuity in a fluid landscape. “The …

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Ted-ED talk

Source: Mindshift, Jan 2014 TED’s educational arm is launching TED-Ed Clubs, an effort to support students who research, write and present and record their own ideas in a TED talk format. “The goal is to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world,” said TED-Ed Director Logan Smalley. TED-Ed piloted the project with …

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High School with No Walls: iZone Academy

Source: WSJ, Dec 2013 New York City is planning to open a new high school next year—but it won’t have a gym, library, science lab or even a math classroom. The city wants to open a so-called school without walls, one where students would take courses that combine online and classroom learning, while giving them …

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NASA Space Apps Challenge

Source: Space Apps Challenge website, Nov 2013 The third annual International Space Apps Challenge will be held on the weekend of April 11-12, 2014. NASA will begin accepting applications in November 2013 to host events. The first International Space Apps Challenge took place in 2012 and included 2,000 participants in 25 cities from 17 countries …

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Fail early, often and cheaply

Source: Acton Academy website, Oct 2013 One of our mantras at Acton is “fail early, often and cheaply.” This applies to everything from arguments with friends to writing a best-selling book or building a business. The choice to work hard without excuses is a decision made by each learner at Acton Academy. Embracing rigor is …

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Research Driven Education Trends

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 BRAIN-BASED TEACHING Many educators are using researchers’ insights into how children best learn to inform their teaching practices. Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s research on encouraging children to develop a growth-mindset continues to grow in popularity, as educators try to praise effort, not outcomes. Dweck writes that if children believe their abilities are …

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Students: Creators, not just Consumers of Information

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 “Our students have been often rendered as consumers of information, rather than collaborators and creators of information,” said Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at University of Oregon. “We want students to create genuine, authentic products for each other.” In …

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The Future Project

  http://www.thefutureproject.org We’re on a mission to transform America’s high schools into the most inspired places on earth. Magical places that ignite passion, not apathy. That empower students to define success on their own terms, not ours. That leave behind innovators, not conformists. That inspire happiness, not only success. Will you join us in thinking …

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Remaking the Classroom

Source: Edutopia, Aug 2013 Part 1 of 3 Part 2 of 3 Part 3 of 3   Related Article: 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

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DARPA Supports the Maker Movement

Source: Make Magazine, Jan 2012 The new Makerspace program, developed by Dale Dougherty of MAKE and Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab, will integrate online tools for design and collaboration with low-cost options for physical workspaces where students may access educational support to gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. The …

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