Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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PART I: AUGMENTED REALITY GAME

So today we move to our last topic: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.  Can any of you give me a definition of it?

In order to help you learn more about this topic, I designed the game for you to learn.  Now I need you to find one partner.  Only one team can have three people due to the odd number we have.  The only requirement is that each team needs to have one iPhone.

Use your iPhone and  go to this website— Augmented Reality Interactive Stroytelling. Scroll down to find where you see this image.

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Then click on that to download the App.  It’s free. Then create an account.

Before you go out to play the game, there is one thing that I want you to change.

TURN OFF YOUR UGA PAW-SECURE WIFI and OTHER WIFI CHOICES.  JUST STAY WITH YOUR CELLULAR SIGNAL FOR THIS GAME.  The Wifi doesn’t work well and your will get super frustrated and not enjoy playing this game at all. 

You will follow the instructions you get during the game and need to complete this answer sheet.

You have 30 minutes to play the game.  When you complete all the tasks, please come back.  And if you haven’t completed all the tasks by 2:40, please come back too, unless you are close to the end.  If you have any question, feel free to call me.

PART II: SUMMARY OF ARIS

We don’t have enough time to cover the topics for reflection 5 and 6 in class, so I think the best way to talk about them is to let you all experience it.  Hope you all enjoy it.

How do you feel about this?

PART III: CRITICAL THINKING CHALLENGE

Work with people at your table.  The only rule is to use the 3 bamboo skewers and clay to create a structure that balances by only ONE point of ONE skewer on ONE of your fingertip for at least ONE minute.

PART IV: LEARNING ADVENTURE PROJECT

LEARNING ADVENTURE PROJECT RUBRIC

Here is the learning adventure project rubric.

One way I will suggest to all of you for this design is— Don’t follow the order of the rubric.  Think about the idea of BACKWARD DESIGN. We do it all the time.  Think about cooking.  Do you go buy everything and start to think about what you want to cook?  No!  You have the recipe in mind first and then go buy what you need to cook.  You have the products in your mind first.  So try to think about what you want your students to learn first!  And then think about how you are going to make learning happen!!

LEARNING ADVENTURE PROJECT EXAMPLES

Here are some examples.  I’ve changed the elements of the rubric for you all, because we don’t have that much time due to the snow days.  So you are doing a smaller-scaled project.

Adventures Down Under– An exploration of Australia

Purposeful Poetry

Go Green in 2014

Dream Vacation

What Makes A Healthy Student?

Here are some resources for you to think about your project.

Resources:

  1. Tubric– If you want to use one of the Tubric to help you and your teammates to make your ideas into a good essential question, feel free to grab one.  But please return it to me before you go!
  2. Assessment Tool– This website is about assessment.  How can you assess your students?  If you do have trouble in thinking about something interesting to work on, start thinking about what kind of assessment you want to have for your learners.  Then maybe that will help you think about some good essential questions.
  3. Project-based Learning Database by BIE– You can search for projects.  This website is completely about PBL.  They have more hundreds of projects.  If you can’t come up with a good essential question, maybe you will find one from these projects.  Then you can design your own content.
  4. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects–  Here are 20 ideas for PBL.  Maybe you can find a good one here.

Now, I want you to find your partners to work on thinking about the essential question(s) for your learning adventure project.

Then complete this form to let me know the questions.

COULD 

  • Work on your Reflection 6 (DUE on April 17)

SHOULD 

  • work on the “Expanding Your Learning Circle Project” page (Due April 8).
  • Work on the 20% Design Project– the guiding questions for your next documentation (DUE April 8):
    • describe what you have done so far
    • what do you know about this topic?  (opinions from experts, related readings…etc)  How do you use this to guide your design?
    • describe the technology in your design

MUST

  • Reflection 7 DUE  TODAY
  • Comment on your partner’s reflection 5 (everyone needs to have at least two comments– that means a dialogue.  The other class will also work on this.)
  • You will get bonus points if you do go back to comment on your partner’s blog posts (1-4).
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Slowmation Project Presentation

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PART I: HOUSE KEEPING

  1. Your partners decide to stay with you.  So you should start commenting on their reflections again.
  2. Remember to do the reflection 7 first by this Thursday (except for Ashleigh).

PART II: SLOWMATION PROJECT PRESENTATION

Now it’s your turn to present your final Slowmation to the class.  You also need to turn in the storyboard to me.  In your presentation, make sure that you talk about:

  • what is your topic?
  • why you want to do this?
  • one big difficulty of this project
  • one good thing about the project
  • what have you learned?

Everyone in this class will evaluate your Slowmation.  That will be 50% of your Slowmation project grade.

PART III: COPYRIGHT AND FAIR USE

After you made this Slowmation, I bet you realize that it is not easy to make a film or an artifact like this.  So I really want you to learn to pay attention to copyright issue in the future.  The photo you take, the video you make, your e-portfolio and photoblog and now your stop animation project…all these things are like your babies.  You spend a lot of time and energy in, right?  Think about other products that we are using in our daily life now.  Do you respect the copyright?  Do you know anything about plagiarism?  How will you think if you find out others using your products or assignment without telling you?  Have you ever downloaded songs, movies or other media products illegally?  Do you buy the software?  Do you copy and paste texts from the websites to your papers?  There are so many things that can break the rules.

What is Plagiarism?

According to UGA’s “A Culture of Honesty“, plagiarism is defined as ”submission for academic advancement the words, ideas, opinions or theories of another that are not common knowledge, without appropriate attribution to that other person.” This is same as STEALING other’s property.

If you take other’s work (plagiarism), it is unethical (of course!) but also most times you end up breaking copyright law, which means it is illegal.

What is copyright law?

A form of protection to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works” (US Copyright Office, 2012).

With the advent of the Internet, people can easily access and copy others’ works without knowing if they are protected by copyright. However, most Web content is copyrightedThus, if you use the Web content without proper citation or attribution, you are committing plagiarism and violating the law. To use any copyrighted media such as images, music, and videos, you need to get a permission from the creator.

Teachers should be clearly aware of copyright so that they do not break the law when designing their class and looking for web resources for their class. Also, it is very IMPORTANT for teachers to teach students this as one of the 21st century skills. If you want to know more about copyright, you may want to read this article (only 2 pages and it should worth it!).

Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?  Let’s watch the two videos.

Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century

 

 

Creative Commons

 

 

Creative Commons Images
Flikr is a good place to search for creative commons images.
Google Images also let you search for copyright free images.

Then, how would you cite a photo from the web? You need to provide the following information:

  • The creator/author
  • The title
  • The URL where the work is hosted (if available)
  • The type of license

Here are some more resources related to this topic.

A Fair(y) Use Tale: A witty video on YouTube that shows the extreme of fair use using Disney movies fairly.

Creative Commons: How to license your work and find resources that you can use with permission

Google Advance Image Search: Where you can find images to use with permission

Turnitin.com: Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism

Plagiarism.net:  Similar to Turnitin, but free

PART IV: LEARNING ADVENTURE PROJECT

Our next in-class project is the learning adventure project.  We won’t have time to talk about this in detail today.  But basically, it is a project that you and your partner will work on an essential question and develop/construct a website to provide answers to that question.  But what is an essential question?

ESSENTIAL QUESTION

We always say there is no dumb questions…we always encourage students to ask questions.  However, I do need to remind you that some questions are not appropriate for this kind of design project.  For example, if it doesn’t take student to explore, to analyze, to delve into some situations, then it won’t be a good question.

Grant Wiggins (2007) mentioned that an essential question should be questions that ”any thoughtful and intellectually-alive person ponders and should keep pondering” (quoted from http://www.authenticeducation.org/ae_bigideas/article.lasso?artid=53)  He gave out several good point to think about essential questions.

Another resource you can check about essential questions is Essential_Questions_Defined.

Essential question checklist

Another important checklist is this question– “Does your essential question help the student answer ‘Why do I have to learn this?'”

LEARNING ADVENTURE PROJECT RUBRIC

Here is the learning adventure project rubric.

LEARNING ADVENTURE PROJECT EXAMPLES

Here are some examples.  I’ve changed the elements of the rubric for you all, because we don’t have that much time due to the snow days.  So you are doing a smaller-scaled project.

Adventures Down Under– An exploration of Australia

Purposeful Poetry

Go Green in 2014

Dream Vacation

What Makes A Healthy Student?

Here are some resources for you to think about your project.

Resources:

  1. Tubric– If you want to use one of the Tubric to help you and your teammates to make your ideas into a good essential question, feel free to grab one.  But please return it to me before you go!
  2. Assessment Tool– This website is about assessment.  How can you assess your students?  If you do have trouble in thinking about something interesting to work on, start thinking about what kind of assessment you want to have for your learners.  Then maybe that will help you think about some good essential questions.
  3. Project-based Learning Database by BIE– You can search for projects.  This website is completely about PBL.  They have more hundreds of projects.  If you can’t come up with a good essential question, maybe you will find one from these projects.  Then you can design your own content.
  4. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects–  Here are 20 ideas for PBL.  Maybe you can find a good one here.

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one
  • Work on the 20% Design Project– the guiding questions for your next documentation:
    • describe what you have done so far
    • what do you know about this topic?  (opinions from experts, related readings…etc)  How do you use this to guide your design?
    • describe the technology in your design

MUST

  •  Reflection 7 (Due April 3)
  • 20% Design Project Documentation 4 DUE TODAY
    Answer this question:
    Talk about your timeline–  April 22 will be the presentation for your 20% Design project.  What short-term goals you want to achieve before the final presentation?

 

 

Slowmation Project Wrokday

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Today is another workday for your Slowmation…Please finish the second and the third mission!  If your group needs a quiet place to record your narration, please let me know and I will take you all to my office.

MISSION 2:

Once you are done with the storyboard, you can work on making the props and taking pictures.  Some people like to make all the props first and then take pictures.  But, MOST PEOPLE DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.  It is just easier to do it at the same time.

MISSION 3:

I hope we can finish taking pictures today.  When you come back on Thursday, we will spend some time editing the video.

Here is the instruction for using iMovie to make this Slowmation.

Please make sure that you finish mission 4 before next Tuesday!

MISSION 4 (Before next Tuesday):

Before you present your Slowmation next Tuesday, you need to complete a reflection on your blog with these items:

  • A link to your video
  • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, why this topic, etc.
  • How will this video help them understand the concept?
  • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
  • How can we improve this project?
  • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

Also, each group needs to turn in a hard copy or an electronic copy of your storyboard to me next Tuesday. 

If your group finish earlier in class, please talk with me about your idea for the expanding your learning circle project. Thanks!

FOR TUESDAY:

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one
  • Work on the 20% Design Project

MUST

  • Finish your Slowmation and the reflection on Slowmation Project
  • Turn in your storyboard
  • Work on Reflection 6 (Due April 3)
  • 20% Design Project Documentation Due April 1
    Answer this question:
    Talk about your timeline–  April 22 will be the presentation for your 20% Design project.  What short-term goals you want to achieve before the final presentation?

 

Slowmation Project Workday

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MISSION 1:

Today is a workday for the Slowmation project.  Before you start, please complete the following tasks.  Thanks!

MISSION 2:

Once you are done with the storyboard, you can work on making the props and taking pictures.  Some people like to make all the props first and then take pictures.  But, MOST PEOPLE DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.  It is just easier to do it at the same time.

MISSION 3 (Thursday):

I hope we can finish taking pictures today.  When you come back on Thursday, we will spend some time editing the video.

MISSION 4 (Before next Tuesday):

Before you present your Slowmation next Tuesday, you need to complete a reflection on your blog with these items:

  • A link to your video
  • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, why this topic, etc.
  • How will this video help them understand the concept?
  • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
  • How can we improve this project?
  • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

FOR THURSDAY:

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one
  • Work on the 20% Design Project
  • Work on Reflection 6 (Due April 1)

MUST

  • Finish taking pictures for your Slowmation

Creativity and Innovation Projects

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PART I: CREATIVITY POP QUIZ

Do you think you are creative?  Let’s find out!

PART II: CREATIVITY PROJECTS INTRO

Creativity does not mean you are always creating something new!  It is hard to move from 0 to 1…but it will be easier to move from 1 to 2…Just to think more diversely! So when we learn how to be creative, we start with baby steps and with something easy to imitate but with different ideas or strategies.  The two projects we are going to do are aimed to help you activate your creativity!  Let’s review the standard fro creativity again.

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.

EXPAND YOUR LEARNING CIRCLE PROJECT

The key point is the RE-DESIGN.  You don’t like something and then you re-design it to make you happy and make it more meaningful!  So we will try to re-design a project, an assignment, or a presentation with the help of technology.  You need to post this in your blog.  Each post should have:

  • the old assignment (the original description of the assignment/ the original presentation file or link)
  • a description about the part that you don’t like in the old version
  • your NEW design– You need to have the new description of the assignment and make a sample/ a new presentation)
  • Rationale for your design–why is it better?
  • Post it before April 8

For example, I don’t like the way I learned about Romeo and Juliet as a kid…Just reading books is not interesting to me.  So I made a web site for teachers who want to teach their children about Romeo and Juliet in the digital era.  Here is the website.

SLOWMATION PROJECT

What is Slowmation?  It is a term created by a professor at University of Wollongong.  You can find more information about Slowmation on their website.  Basically, it is a slow animation like this music video.

Josh Ritter- Love Is Making Its Way Back Home (over 12,000 pieces of construction paper)

Or it can be like this— 2011 NPUST HR Farewell Video : 3 Idiots  (2,212 pictures)

So it is actually like you are telling a story.  But you use this story to teach others about a concept, an idea, or a fact.  Try to think how you learned about every thing when you were a kid.  Sesame street, School House Rock…all these are similar to Slowmation.  You just need to decide what you want to teach and what will your story be like.  Let’s take a look at several examples from the previous students.

The Water Cycle

A Tale of Two Mouths

Shape

Ocean Food Chain

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You have seen a lot of examples.  But I think you might still have some questions…so here are the Q&A section.

Q&A

  • How many people can be in a group?
    Since this project requires your creativity, effort and time, get into a group no more than 3.
  • How long should this slowmation be?
    the length of the video is the most important thing.  The most important thing is to make sure that you clearly convey the idea, the concept…and your audience can learn from this video.
  • Can we use smartphone to take pictures?
    Yes, you can.  But the quality will be really really bad.  Strongly recommend that you use a digital camera, just the basic one will do a better job than smartphone.
  • How many pictures do we need?
    You may need only 100 pictures, or maybe 200.  One group set up the record for about 1400 pictures last semester.  TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED!  The more images you have, the more smooth the film will be! It will be better to have more pictures…if you run short of images, you need to spend extra time to do it again.
  • Do I really need a tripod?
    Most groups regret that they didn’t use the tripod after they completed the project.  They got a lot of blurred images.  Some of them even needed to retake the footage.
  • Do I really need background music?
    No, you don’t.  It’s totally up to you.

Now it’s time for you to work on this project.  What you need to do now are:

  1. Find good partners– creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with…No more than three.
  2. Choose a good topic– what can be a good topic?  According to our experiences, better topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc., but it is not required.
  3. Submit your topic and team members’ names HERE.
  4. Check the Rubric.
  5. Think about your story– This is the stage when you need storyboard.  This website, kdmc, can give you some rough ideas about storyboarding.  Or the digital storytelling website hosted by University of Houston can also give you some ideas.  Write the story board!

Here are some printable storyboard templates.  Or you can try this one.  Even Google Doc has some storyboard templates that you can share with your teammates.

  1. Think about the materials–  what kind of materials you need to make this stop animation
  2. Make the props and then take the pictures!
  3. Edit the video.  You will do better this time.
  4. Add title, subtitle, background music, voice over…
  5. Complete the reflection on this project on your blog.
    • The link to your video
    • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, etc.
    • How will this video help them understand the concept?
    • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
    • How can we improve this project?
    • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

FOR TUESDAY (March 25):

COULD 

SHOULD 

  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one

MUST

  • Work on your documentation for 20% Design Project (Due Tomorrow March, 21)
  • Prepare materials for Slowmation project

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):

COULD 

SHOULD 

MUST

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

Creativity and You

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PART I: WEB 2.0 TOOL COMMERCIAL

Let’s finish watching our last tool commercial before we announce the Oscar winners.

Oscar Winners:

  • Most Impressive: Prezi
  • Most informative: Evernote
  • Most Educational: Quiz Up
  • Most Original: Scoot & Doodle
  • Most Creative: Prezi and Scoot & Doodle
  • Most Professional: Google Doc and Pinterest
  • Most Humorous: GIF
  • BEST OVERALL: Prezi and Scoot & Doodle

PART II: 20% DESIGN PROJECT

Here is what we had from Tuesday’s class.  If you want to see what others are doing, feel free to come back and read this board.

As for the documentation for 20% Design Project, we will hit a pause for now.  We will start to blog the documentation after spring break.  However, here are some more questions for you to think about your 20% Design Project.

  • who might benefit from what you will learn during your 20% project? how might you write your documentation so that it will be of maximum benefit for that audience?
  • how are you using social media to find resources to think about/write about? do you need to create complementary tools in Pinterest, Twitter, etc? to support your 20% work? are you interacting with others via social media on topics related to your project? are you commenting on related blogs and asking for comments/feedback on yours?
  • have you talked with any experts? or anyone from your potential audience? what do they have to say about your project? what direction do they suggest you go in?
  • is your topic limited or too broad? how can you modify it so that you have a project that is sustainable until the mid April and present the final product at the end of April? Can you divide your topic into smaller questions and address one each week?
  • If you are education major, how will this project help you work with your student in the future?  If you are not education major, how is this project related with your major/ interest/ need?
  • how does your project relate with what we are talking about in class?

After spring break, I hope you will have the blueprint of your 20% Design Project and then start to work on the development of the final product.

PART III: CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY EDUCATION READING PRESENTATION

We all read the “Creative Education” chapter in the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43).  But each of you only read one section in that chapter.  Now it’s time to put all the jigsaw puzzles together.  How are we going to do it?  We are going to do it creatively.  Get into groups with the people who read the same section.

  • Introduction and Definition of Creativity
  • Four Features of Creativity
  • The Process of Creativity
  • Creativity and Intelligence
  • Developing Creativity

According to Howard Gardner, each individual has multiple intelligences (he said it’s 7).  We are going to activate your intelligences…for this activity, we are going to focus on 4 intelligences he talked about.

  • Linguistic Intelligence
  • Mathematical Intelligence
  • Musical Intelligence
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Each team need to choose two Intelligences to create something to teach other peers about what you read.  For example, if I have linguistic intelligence and musical intelligence to talk about the four feature of creativity, I might draw a concept map about these four features and then I will use the following parody song to support the four features in the class of consumer behavior– they use their imagination, the lyrics of the parody is original, it can be a eBay commercial or a good discussion video for peers to talk about consumer behavior, and then we can judge the value of using it for the discussion about consumer behaviors.

Now, it’s time for you to be creative!  There are so many ways to talk about the readings.  Just use your creativity to summarize the reading.  You will have about 15 minutes to work on this.  Then each group needs to present the big ideas from the reading with the things you created/found/ designed.

Possible activities:

  • concept maps–  SpicynodesDabbleboardWebspiration…or simply draw one
  • role play— act out the examples in the reading
  • math formula– some of the ideas in the reading can be expressed as a math formula
  • diagrams/ graphics
  • a movie/ song/ commercial that can be a great example of the main ideas in the reading

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.

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  • Your 5th Reflection is due on March. 18