Category Archives: Creativity

Rapiro – a cute robot with Pi

Source: Kickstarter, Jun 2013 RAPIRO is a cute and affordable robot kit designed to work with a Raspberry Pi. It comes with a Arduino-compatible servo controller. Advertisements

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21st Century Skills: Creativity and Collaboration

Source: Keith Sawyer blog, Jun 2013 Educational leaders around the world now realize that our schools need to do a better job of fostering creativity and collaboration abilities in students. Creativity and collaboration are two of the so-called “21st century skills,” abilities that are essential to life and work in the future.  Now that everyone …

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Google Hiring Practices

Source: NYTimes, Jun 2013 Q. Other insights from the data you’ve gathered about Google employees? A. One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation. Google famously used …

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Measuring Soft Skills (e.g. Creativity) is Hard!

Source: KQED Mindshift, Jun 2013 “People often try to figure out what makes a difference in education and they try to find different variables that might explain that difference,” said Brent Duckor, a professor at San Jose State University focusing on assessment. “It’s been harder for people to measure, and put the resources around measuring, …

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Nobel Laureates’ Childhood Play Experiences

Source: The Atlantic, May 2013 … interviewed a handful of Nobel laureates about their childhood play patterns. They talked about how they expressed their curiosity through experimentation. They enthusiastically described things they built, and how one play experience naturally led into another. In most cases, by the end of the interview, the scientist would say, …

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Brain work may be going the way of manual work

Source: Economist, May 2013 Two things are clear. The first is that smart machines are evolving at breakneck speed. Moore’s law—that the computing power available for a given price doubles about every 18 months—continues to apply. This power is leaping from desktops into people’s pockets. More than 1.1 billion people own smartphones and tablets. Manufacturers …

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Northstar: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

Source: Northstar website, date indeterminate 7 Principles Young people want to learn. Learning happens everywhere. It really is OK to leave school. How people behave under one set of circumstances and assumptions does not predict how they will behave under a very different set of circumstances and assumptions. Structure communicates as powerfully as words – …

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Art and Technology at Bejing Makerspace

Source: Xinhuanet.com, May 2013

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Creativity: The Most Valued Characteristic

Source: Time magazine, May 2013

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Serial Creators

Source: The Creativity Post, May 2013 Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds.  In a recent survey conducted by Mary-Catherine McClain and Steven I. Pfeiffer, while 90% of the state definitions of giftedness in the United States include “intelligence” as an area or category …

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