Creativity Contract – Day 1

Let’s start with some writing today. Please complete the form responding to the question, What is meaningful learning with technology? It may seem confusing, but select the Friday 10:00 class. I know you guys were asked to reflect on this earlier in the semester – it will be interesting to revisit your ideas now. When you finish, go ahead and make sure you blog posts/comments are up to date. I have updated the page on our class site to help you determine what you should have at this point. I won’t be asking you to post any more this semester and plan to grade these over the weekend. Please contact me if you need an extension with your posts/comments.

Creativity and Innovation

A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Creativity Contracts

We’re trying something different for the next two weeks of class. You’ll be using a learning contract to determine what you’ll be working on for the rest of our Creativity Unit. Each class session will begin with a discussion about what everyone is working on, I’ll share a relevant video or anecdote or I might spotlight a new tool. The remainder of each class will be spent working on the projects you selected in your learning contract, conferencing with me about what you are learning, and working with/ sharing ideas with your classmates.  It’s going to be fun.  Plan to bring snacks, headphones to listen to music, etc.  From today through March 27 – we are a Creativity Learning Lab (Reminder that spring break is 3/11 – 3/15).

The first thing you’ll need to do is to think about the relevance of creativity in K-12 classrooms. We watched a short video from Sir Ken Robinson about how schools are killing creativity (you don’t have to agree with him to learn from his TED talk). Next, we’ll talk a bit about what learning contracts are and how they might benefit learning (and teaching). And I’ll give you a brief overview of each of the projects.  You can view a contract from Gretchen’s class here. (Keep in mind that our project has slightly different requirements.) Yet, this example will let you see what a finished project might look like.

All of the resources for the next two weeks of class are available on the Creativity and Innovation site. I’ll post updates on our class blog – but the details for each project will reside on the creativity site.

Interactive Whiteboards

Today we’ll take a brief look at interactive whiteboards and talk about how they might be used in learning activities. Let’s take a look at the Creativity Contract Page for more information.

FOR MONDAY (March 18):

1. Tell me what you are planning to work on by completing this survey before Monday’s class.
2. Begin working on your Creativity Contract. This is due at the beginning of class on Friday, March 29 (2 weeks to work on it).

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