PART I: HOUSEKEEPING
- Changes about reading material page– It is under the “Resources” page now.
- Guest Speakers series:
- Sep. 13 (Fri)– Dr. Christa Deissler– School Library Media Specialist
- Sep. 16 (Mon)– Dr. Eddie Watson– Multitasking
- Sep. 23 (Mon)– Dr. Jim Mathews– Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling (ARIS)
PART II: CREATIVITY
WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE?
Are you creative? Are there any creative people in your life? Do you think they share some common traits?
Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior. As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class? Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids? Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.
HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY?
Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers. Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one of the leading professors and researchers in this field. If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA. Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have.
Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity. Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity.
Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity. He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators. Now let’s listen to his talk.
Do you agree with him? What impresses you the most?
HOW CAN SCHOOL ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?
Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative? What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively? How can you boost students’ creativity? There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school. The school is called DaVinci Academy. This is really a dream school for both students and teachers. No principal. Only 10 teachers and 240 students. They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester. Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves. The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year. However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards. They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.
STANDARDS FOR CREATIVITY
A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.
PART III: WEB2.0 TOOL/ APP PROJECT
There are a lot of web 2.0 tools and apps now. Many of them can be used in education to help us learn better or develop some new skills. Have you tried some tools or apps that will be helpful for learning?
In this project, you are going to create an infomercial about a technology tool or app to help others to know how they can use this tool/ app to achieve some educational goals.
For example, there is a website called “Storybird”. It is a website full of illustrations. Users can choose their favorite illustrations to create their own stories. This is helpful for literacy educators to help children develop reading skills or teenagers to be creative writers!
You are going to create a stop animation commercial for this tool/ app. What is stop animation? Let’s watch some examples.
Amazon Kindle Commercial
XBox Stop Animation Commercial
We will talk more about the details of stop animation commercial project this Wednesday. Right now, you need to find at least one web 2.0 tool or app that you like and plan to use it to help others learn something.
- Work on your reflection 5– visual literacy/ art in education. See materials/ requirements/ guiding questions on the Reflection 5 page.
- Make three comments– one comment each on posts by three different bloggers.
- Respond to the comments on your blog from your classmates.
- Find at least ONE new web 2.0 tool/ App that you think you can use it in education. You can see lists of web 2.0 tools here. Or you can search in your app store.