Creativity Now!:Fundamentals of Creativity. Ronald A.
Beghetto and James C. Kaufman The first question educators should address is, What is creativity? People commonly think of creativity as the ability to think outside the box, be imaginative, or come up with original ideas. These are aspects of creativity, but they tell only half the story. Scholars generally agree that creativity involves the combination of originality and task appropriateness (Kaufman & Sternberg, 2007; Plucker, Beghetto, & Dow, 2004). A quick example (adapted from Beghetto & Plucker, 2006) may help.
One student's final project simply reproduces a class lab experiment in which students guessed how much acid various brands of soft drinks contained and then measured the degree of acidity in each. Teachers who understand that creativity combines both originality and task appropriateness are in a better position to integrate student creativity into the everyday curriculum in ways that complement, rather than compete with, academic learning. 2. 3. 4. 5. References. In 500 Billion Words, a New Window on Culture. RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms. Can computers take the place of teachers? The child-driven education Sugata Mitra: Experiments show students can teach themselves with computersHe says students showed remarkable progress by working in teamsAdult mediators can help further this kind of learning even without formal teacher training, he says Editor's note: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas worth spreading," which it makes available through talks posted on its website.
Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the UK, spoke at the TED Global conference in July in Oxford, England. (CNN) -- The Hole in the Wall experiments, known as HiW, were first implemented in 1999, when a computer with an internet connection was embedded into a wall for children to discover and use unsupervised. The wall adjoined a slum in India. These earliest experiences also showed that children could develop some skills in English and mathematics. 1. 2. Video: 'Hole in the wall' education Teachers that can be replaced by a machine should be. Should Teachers Friend Their Students? - Education. On Facebook, how classroom rules do and do not apply.
In real life, people don't just usually walk right up to you and ask you to be their friend. Little kids do, I guess, but adults generally see that sort of question as just plain weird. I think of this sometimes when my students friend me on Facebook—adding yet another layer of complexity to the question of how best to balance the teacher-student-friend relationship—a layer of complexity that just five years ago did not exist. Many schools have responded to this new reality by creating official Facebook policies. But mine is a private high school that trusts its teachers to behave responsibly until, I suppose, someone doesn't.
But my self-imposed policy fell apart earlier this year, thanks in part to a spunky gymnast named Tara Potts. Have I, as a result of this, fallen into all sorts of inappropriate relationships with my students? Does Facebook friending have the potential to be a really ugly thing in student-teacher relationships? GOOD Transparency: Education in America.