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Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Skills with Students. MakerKids. Fc-creativity-session-xl.jpg (JPEG Image, 3000 × 656 pixels) - Scaled (34%) Maker Space In Education Series… 10 More Sites….Making With Technology. Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of 20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education and also 10 Sites To Help You Start Making In The Classroom.

Maker Space In Education Series… 10 More Sites….Making With Technology

In this post I highlight 10 additional sites that can promote making with an emphasis on some tech tools. I encourage you to send me information and resources you think help with this idea, as I am also Making time to learn. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Create a Maker Club, Start a Movement - The Power of Starting Small. Creating with Cardboard The maker movement has been a hot topic for the past year or so but a lot of times, the focus is how to create makerspaces or completely revamp your curriculum to integrate these new approaches.

Create a Maker Club, Start a Movement - The Power of Starting Small

School change is often something that needs to move slowly and in incremental steps. If changing your entire school seems overwhelming, try starting a bit smaller and try starting with your youngest students. Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation? Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Aran Levasseur Innovation is the currency of progress. The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play. It used to be that play was just play.

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

8 Of Google's Craziest Offices. While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the world are zooming around on scooters, slipping down tube slides, playing on their indoor putting greens, and gloating about the awesomeness of their offices.

8 Of Google's Craziest Offices

If they can even be called offices--the designs of these nerd playgrounds so outclass your average corral of homogenous desks that we had to round them all up in a grand, jealousy (and sometimes eye-roll)-inducing slide show, on the occasion of Google unveiling its new Mexico headquarters. As one Google spokesperson told the New York Times, designers of Google offices have but one goal: “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world.”

Marvel at the most over-the-top workspaces of Google’s big happy techie family and lament not being better at computer science. New York City Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The 15-Minute Daily Habit That Will Change Your Career. Growing up in rural Circleville, Ohio, in the '80s and '90s, Austin Kleon couldn't have known how the social networks of the future would enable him to easily connect to the writers and artists who were his heroes at the time.

The 15-Minute Daily Habit That Will Change Your Career

But the artist, recent SXSW keynote speaker, and author of Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, was still eager for ways to interact with those worlds. Collaboration Central. Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning. Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking. Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female.

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking

Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Young people are forced to choose a faction as a rite of passage to becoming an adult.

Defining Divergent Thinking In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play. Non-profit workshop space (makerspace) for kids in Roncesvalles village, Toronto. 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, sewing, crafting, hacking, tinkering and making of all kinds! Co-Creative Processes in Education: The Small Things That Make a Big Difference. Posted by core jr | 10 Mar 2014 | Comments (0)

Co-Creative Processes in Education: The Small Things That Make a Big Difference

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? Do you think you’re creative?”

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer recently discussed the implications of these sobering statistics for education in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. Co-Creative Processes in Education: The Small Things That Make a Big Difference. What to do when Genius Hour fails… A teacher I work with asked me last week, “How do we deal with those students who aren’t doing anything with Genius Hour?

What to do when Genius Hour fails…

I feel like I’ve helped and helped…but they don’t seem to care at all.” Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline. Photo IT BOTHERS MATTHEW LAHUE and it surely bothers you: enter a public restroom and the stall lock is broken. Fortunately, Mr. Creativity Now!:Assessing Creativity. 8 Mistakes in Making Mistakes.

Photo by: zettberlin | Source: The past year seems to have yielded various waves of content celebrating making mistakes. Advancing the “failure at the heart of innovation” theme seems to have become a cause célèbre for the creativity and innovation set. Celebrating mistakes as part of innovation was the topic of a July Innochat on Twitter on innovation failure and, most recently, a Wall Street Journal article on “Better Ideas through Failure.” Genius Hour. Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense. Photo by Sophia. I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People.

Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont. Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO's Leaders - Tom Kelley and David Kelley. By Tom Kelley and David Kelley | 8:00 AM November 8, 2013 People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to next-generation surgical tools for Medtronic to fresh brand strategies for the North Face in China. This 2012 HBR article outlines some of the approaches we use, as does our new book, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All.

One of our top recommendations? Practice being creative. Why Genius Hour. A fun, creative, messy, engaging, and active hour! Maker Faire. Why Emily Organized a Mini Maker Faire (and How You Can Too) Draw online - shapes in clouds - cloud #48. Cultivating Imagination. Designing a School Makerspace. Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country.

How to Close the Achievement Gap: Arts Education. As we celebrate Arts in Education Week, it is fitting to point out the many benefits of arts education. 6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind. 20-Time In Education Inspire. Create. Innovate. ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning. The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools. Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner at TEDxNYED. Maya Angelou and other luminaries – including Ray. 20-Time In Education Inspire. Create. Innovate. Carlton Cuse: 6 talks that help me create. To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is. During a recent appearance on BBC's Question Time, Michael Gove, the secretary of state for education, extolled the importance of encouraging creativity in schools.

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley. Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud. Designing Creative Confidence. Not only is it time to reclaim our creative confidence, it is time to reclaim failure too. So whenever I am asked a question, my response is to ask several questions back. Why do we need innovation in education NOW? What is innovation in education? What is the purpose of innovation in education? The Classroom Might Remain Relevant. Timothy Goodman’s Posters for the Institute of Play. Culture of Innovation. Six Simple Rules For Doing Better With Less. A Great Creativity Poster for Teachers. 5 Outstanding TED Talks about Creativity. Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here's How To Argue Productively.