Creativity and Innovation – Day 1

**  Virtual Tutoring Lab hasn’t been working since last night. It seemed the server attacked by some kind of virus. It should be working now… I will extend the due to this FRIDAY, Feb 22. 

PART ONE. Showcasing Tool Commercials (Cont’d)

I have enjoyed watching your infomercials last week. You’ve done a great job! We have two more commercials to watch. Remember that you are an executive board member of the company. Evaluate each commercial using this survey form based on three criteria.

Pearltrees                   Skype

What tool(s) was most interesting to you? Is there any tool you might want to try?

PART TWO. Creativity and Innovation

Why is creativity important for students? Think about things that we take for granted today: Automobiles, cell phones, laptops, etc. These should not have been invented without creative thinking! In the 21st century, it is more critical to develop creativity for successful adaptation to world change and enrichment of our world.

Here is the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for 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.

Do you think the school discourages creative thinking? 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.

What do you think of this video? Do you agree with him? What impresses you the most?

How can we nurture creativity in schools? The reading by Shively introduced the J. P. Guilford’s FFOE model of divergent thinking: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration. When we incorporate these four skills into curriculum, we can foster students’ creativity.

Here are some activities that are designed to build creativity. Let’s test how creative you are!

Flexibility building activity

Fluency  building activity

Originality building activity

We will work on two projects for this unit of Creativity and Innovation. The first project is to create a stop animation video. The stop animation video is an excellent project that can be used in your classroom to stimulate students’ creativity. The second project is to develop your own lesson plans that support creativity and innovation in content learning. We will start with the stop animation project on this Friday.

Housekeeping:

  • Please check your grade for the social media project. You can access your grade book on Google Docs.
  • The next reading (4th reading) will be due after the spring break.

For Wednesday:

  • Did you know that we are NOT allowed to freely copy images online and paste them to our website? This is because they are subject to copyright law. We will talk about how we can avoid infringing this copyright law this Wednesday. This is VERY important to know as a 21st century citizen!
  • Please complete the 3rd reading assignment by this Friday.
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