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The Teacher's Quick Guide To Digital Scavenger Hunts. If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet in your classroom, you’re ready for the adventure to begin!

The Teacher's Quick Guide To Digital Scavenger Hunts

By adventure I mean, of course, the world of active learning through digital scavenger hunts. In this hunt, students are tasked with finding a particular physical object, person, or place and have to use technology to track it down. Note: an ‘online scavenger hunt’ usually implies that you’re hunting around online and not physically with classmates. For the purpose of this article, I’m focusing on the physical version I’ve dubbed ‘digital scavenger hunts’. The Simple Goal So now that you’re all ready to start your very first scavenger hunt, let’s figure out what the goals are. Finding The Technology Like the movie National Treasure, students will need a lot of ingenuity and tools to help them uncover the mysteries you’ve laid out before them.

In an effort to get your scavenger hunt jump-started, here are a few useful tech tools that might be of use. The 4 Steps to Getting an Idea (The Remix Method #1) Everything is a Remix Part 1: Watch It Now. Everything is a Remix Part 2. Everything is a Remix Part 3. Everything is a Remix Part 4. Lynda Barry's Syllabus. Lynda Barry: Accessing the Imaginary. Divergent thinking – more than a mere tool – is a technique very commonly used on creative activities because it allows us to expand our brains a little bit, by looking for new opportunities and ways of getting things done.

So, from the problem – or whatever triggers your creativity – to the solution, instead of taking obvious steps and walking on a straight line, you force yourself to see different aspects of the situation, using unusual points of view, no matter how abstract of absurd they seem at the first place. This can be done by allowing everyone to think more freely while working on the task, gathering ideas that have the slightest relation to the problem itself rather than looking straight for a practical solution.

Though it might sound like a waste of time, many corporations have found appealing answers to their problems by using such method. Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity. Can You Teach Yourself to Be Creative? I pour a cup of coffee, sharpen my pencil, and get ready to create.

Can You Teach Yourself to Be Creative?

I’ve dusted off a half-conceived novel outline I abandoned three years ago, but this time I’m not waiting for my muse to intervene. Instead I hit the play button on the Creative Thinker’s Toolkit, an audio lecture series from The Great Courses that I’ve downloaded on my computer. Gerard Puccio, a psychologist who heads the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, and the voice of the toolkit, tells me to engage in “forced relationships.”

Choose a random object, he instructs. I scan my office and settle on a bag of Skittles left over from Halloween. 6 Ways My Brain Stops Me From Creating – And How I'm Fighting Back. I have a lot of ideas in my head.

6 Ways My Brain Stops Me From Creating – And How I'm Fighting Back

And for the most part, that’s where they used to stay. In my head. Where other people couldn’t see them, interact with them or build upon them. Where they were safe and untested and uncriticized. All mine. Sure, I’ve created some. Because the riskiest, most dangerous and potentially most interesting ideas are the easiest to hold back. And while it might feel creative to think of these ideas, they were dying a lonely death when I wasn’t doing anything with them. I lost out, too, with this arrangement. It wasn’t the best life I could give my ideas—or myself. So I decided to change. 1. The No. 1 thing that keeps me from creating is that the idea doesn’t feel complete yet. A former editor of mine called these “glimmers”—a little spark of an idea, not fully formed but on the cusp of being something. The main thing is that idea glimmers need nurturing, which can be hard to do.

How to fix it: 2. And sometimes I don’t want a struggle. How to fix it: 3. 4. 5. 6. An Easy Way to Increase Creativity. Creativity is commonly thought of as a personality trait that resides within the individual.

An Easy Way to Increase Creativity

We count on creative people to produce the songs, movies, and books we love; to invent the new gadgets that can change our lives; and to discover the new scientific theories and philosophies that can change the way we view the world. Over the past several years, however, social psychologists have discovered that creativity is not only a characteristic of the individual, but may also change depending on the situation and context. The question, of course, is what those situations are: what makes us more creative at times and less creative at others? David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence. RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms. Matthew Taylor on The Power to Create. Steal Like An Artist: Austin Kleon at TEDxKC. RSA Shorts - Does Brainstorming Work?