The Importance of Thinking In- and Out-of-the-Box How to encourage creativity in a tech-based environment. GUEST COLUMN | by Wendy Marshall How do you teach a student to be creative? It used to be that educators encouraged innovation by telling children to “think outside the box” via a “sky’s the limit” approach. Creativity was viewed as unstructured and a result of not following rules or patterns. Godot Engine – Features Use Your Eyes: Work inside a simple, yet flexible and feature rich editor, with tools popping up to aid you when needed. Uncluttered UI, where most tools are context-sensitive.Huge amount of tools to aid you and your team in content creation.Editor designed not only for programmers, but for artists,animators, level designers, graphic designers, game designers, etc.Built-In documentation browser and code editor to avoid distractions. Multi-Platform Editor:
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The Other 21st Century Skills Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase). I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony Wagner: Critical thinking and problem-solvingCollaboration across networks and leading by influenceAgility and adaptabilityInitiative and entrepreneurialismEffective oral and written communicationAccessing and analyzing informationCuriosity and imagination Today I viewed a slideshow created by Gallup entitled, The Economics of Human Development: The Path to Winning Again in Education. Here are some slides from this presentation. This presentation sparked my thinking about what other skills and attributes would serve the learners (of all ages) in this era of learning.
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