“Structure nurtures – rather than hinders – innovation. Kathy Gersch weighs in on Google‘s new rules around their “20% time.” http://www.kotterinternational.com/news-and-insights/2013/08/23/google%27s-best-new-innovation-rules-around-%2720-time%27
“Want to be more creative? You\’re better off living like a health nut than a beat poet. The latest research shows how health and creativity work together.” via How to Maximize Innovation: Nurture Your Body as Well as Your Mind | Inc.com.
“Since ancient times people have held the notion that there’s something mysterious, unpredictable, and even divine about where good ideas come from. But according to David Burkus, assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University, today researchers are studying the heck out of creativity and much of what we think we know about the topic is just plain wrong.” http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/10-myths-about-creativity.html
“Exactly how do the smartest, most collaborative small companies use office design to reinforce their culture and inspire creativity? Furniture-maker Turnstone recently visited 19 of America’s coolest small businesses to find out.” via 10 Office Design Tips to Foster Creativity | Inc.com.
Students at English High School in Boston helped pilot a social networking and planning tool called Community Planit. The online platform offers participants a series of missions, problems to solve and questions to answer about how the school district could improve and meet student needs better. As a player completes missions, he receives tokens to spend on the priorities he’d most like to see in school. The information and feedback then goes back to the district. via Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | MindShift.
I recently ran this workshop: This all-day, hands-on workshop for primary, intermediate and secondary looks at how to maximise learning in a BYOD class. Working from a base that is informed by research into effective learning and teaching using technology, we will cover a wide variety of collaborative, critical and creative tools that any teacher can begin using with classes tomorrow. We will cover some iPad apps, but the majority of the tools covered will be web-based and therefore accessible by anyone, from anywhere, with any device. [ eLearning leaders | hands-on… Read more BYOD masterclass →
“Each of the groups was subjected to a different level of background noise (50 decibels, 70 decibels, 85 decibels, and total silence). When they scored each person’s test, the researchers found that those in the 70 decibel group, exposed to a moderate level of ambient noise, significantly out-performed those in the other three groups. The background noise boosted their creative thinking.” via http://99u.com/articles/16711/turn-it-up-how-the-right-about-of-ambient-noise-increases-creativity.
“So often we know what we want, but not necessarily what the kids would like. So student voice is really important,” she said. “As a teacher, you are one person. The students are 20 to 30 people using the space. They are the ones the classroom is for.” http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/kqed/nHAK/~3/Byw3W03iCWo/