Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~December 16

This week’s Ed. Quote is in honor of my creative daughter, on her birthday!

“Electricity is not only present in a magnificent thunderstorm
and dazzling lightning, but also in a lamp; so also, creativity
exists not only where it creates great historical works,
but also everywhere human imagination combines, changes,
and creates anything new.”
~Lev Vygotsky, 1930/1967, cited in Smolucha, 1992, p. 54

 

 

Quote Source: Smolucha, F. (1992). A reconstruction of Vygotsky’s theory of creativity.
Creativity Research Journal, 5(1), 49-67.
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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 16

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.

Ben Okri, Flowers and Shadows

 

color outside the lines

Color Outside the Lines

 

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Punya Mishra has Creativity as an updated research focus

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Weekend Ed. Quote~ June 27

If you ever want to know what a creative person’s mind feels like, imagine a browser with 2,857 tabs open. ALL.THE.TIME

 

 

I appreciate the ideas on this (new-to-me) blog: https://mycreativejourney2015.wordpress.com/

 

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Capstone, AD Reading List

The current Reference list on my Capstone paper is over 4 pages.

of references-

(yes, just the references!)

But I do see an end in sight, and this book is first on my list for Capstone, AD reading.

Creativity for 21st Century Skills by Jane Piirto *

creativitybook

Creativity for 21st Century Skills describes what many creative people really do when they create. It focuses on the practical applications of a theoretical approach to creativity training the author has developed.

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Piirto, J. (2011). Creativity for 21st century skills (pp. 1-12). SensePublishers.

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Weekend Ed. Quote~ September 14

“Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. Most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the result of creativity…our language, values, artistic expression, scientific understanding, and technology—is the result of individual ingenuity that was recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning.” ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Csikszentmihalyi quote

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Reblog: The Twelve Things You are Not Taught in School about Creative Thinking

Reblog: The Twelve Things You are Not Taught in School about Creative Thinking by Michael Michalko:

1. You are Creative
2. Creative Thinking is Hard Work
3. You must go through the motions of being creative.
4. Your brain is not a computer.

Rest the rest of Michael Michalko’s list and explanations by clicking here

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Teaching Creativity – Professional Development for Teachers

Teaching Creativity – Professional Development for Teachers.

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The Creativity Crisis Part II

Preschool children, on average, ask their parents about 100 questions a day. By middle school, they’ve pretty much stopped asking. It’s no coincidence that this same time is when student motivation and engagement plummet. They did not stop asking question because they lost interest: it’s the other way around. They lost interest because they stopped asking questions.

Excerpted from “The Creativity Crisis”, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Newsweek. July 19, 2010

For further Goggling: John Barell and More Curious Minds, http://www.morecuriousminds.com/

Question: What is the most interesting question you have received in the classroom this year?

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The Creativity Crisis Part I

Researchers say creativity should be taken out of the art room and put into homeroom. The argument that we can’t teach creativity because kids already have too much to learn is a false tradeoff. Creativity isn’t about freedom from concrete facts. Rather, fact-finding and deep research are vital stages in the creative process. Scholars argue that current curriculum standards can still be met, if taught in a different way.

 

What’s common about successful programs is they alternate maximum divergent thinking with bouts of intense convergent thinking, through several stages. When applied to the everyday process of work or school, brain function improves.

 

So what does this mean for America’s standards-obsessed schools? The key is in how kids work though the vast catalog of information and a progression of fact-finding, problem-finding, idea-finding, solution-finding, and plan of action.

Excerpt from “The Creativity Crisis”, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman,Newsweek. July 19, 2010

For further Goggling: Donald Treffinger and Treffinger’s Creative Problem-Solving model

Question: What do you do to encourage creativity in your classroom?

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