Creativity and You

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PART I: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Hope you all had a great spring break and are ready for the rest of the semester!  So where are we in EDIT 2000 now?  We are working on our second topic– creativity and innovation now.  You will need to complete two projects for this topic, but don’t forget that your 20% Design project should be also going on.  Keep posting your documentation and tweet about it with other EDIT 2000 students.

PART II: 20% DESIGN PROJECT DOCUMENTATION

Checklist for this week:

For people who are still wondering what they can do:

  • You are in trouble if you haven’t decided what your topic is
  • Narrow the topic down down to a doable project
  • Decide what your goal of this project will be
  • Why is this project important?
  • If you haven’t done anything above, you should get them done this week. ( See an example from Ashley)

For both people who are wondering around and people who have clearer ideas and plans:

  • Describe more about people who will benefit from your project/ product
  • Decide how you are going to use social media to promote your project, or to seek for advice from professionals for your project…
  • Try to find experts/ people who have experiences…talk with them to get their advice
  • Describe how you project relate to our class

PART III: CREATIVITY AND YOU

CREATIVITY AND SOCIETY

You have learned the basic about creativity.  Now let’s look at creativity in other areas.  First, let’s take a look at the creativity map.  What can you tell from this map?  Then how about this one?

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.

Students:

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.

CREATIVITY POP QUIZ!!

FOR THURSDAY (MARCH 20):

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SHOULD 

MUST

  • Your 5th Reflection is due TODAY
  • Work on your documentation for 20% Design Project
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