What is Creativity

Finally, here we are again. Welcome back! I am thrilled to see you all and hope we are having much more meaningful time than first half of the semester.

HOUSEKEEPING

  • If you haven’t completed mid-evaluation, please complete it before the class begin. 
  • All of you who participated in Minutes to Win It challenges in the last class earned a late pass. Get the late pass.
  • Thursday, March 20 – Withdrawal Deadline

For the rest of the semester,

(1) We are going to more focus on “Education” . Remember that you are registered in “Teaching and Learning with Technology” class. 

(2) What is your learning goal in this class other than getting a good grade? I would like you to think about what and how to learn something from this class rather than how to get a good grade.

(3) And lastly again my message, “Because I trust you.”

PART ONE. CREATIVITY & EDUCATION

Do you remember where we were at? We finished Communication & Collaboration unit and have moved to Creativity & Innovation.

Why creativity is important in education? So, what does this have to do with technology integration? Think about tools that you used in communication and collaboration projects.  Are there tools available that will enhance student’s creative thinking? Are there tools that will enable students to share their divergent thoughts to a broader audience? What types of activities might be possible in your grade/subject area? (just think about these questions, no need to write them up anywhere). Let’s think about inventions from nature.

PART TWO. CREATIVE PEOPLE & SCHOOL

  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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?

PART THREE. HOW ABOUT YOUR CREATIVITY?

1. Activity 1. How many different types of images can you see?

2. Activity 2.Find the answer with the clues.

3. Activity 3. Kindred Relationship- Creativity is not creating totally “new” but…

PART FOUR. CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY

For the next 2 weeks you’ll be developing a better understand of the ways that technology tools can support creativity for learning.

For us, we need to remind that the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) addresses 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.

 

FOR THURSDAY.

1. Read a chapter about Creative Education.To view the chapter, click here and read only Chapter 2. Creative Education.

2. After reading a chapter, what kinds of questions lead your thoughts about creativity in education?

3. Choose one question and add hereOne of your questions will be selected as  a class discussion topic.

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