50%20% Time in school - Kevin Brookhouserhttp://www.iteachithink.com/2012/07/give-your-students-20-time-to-do.htmlhttp://www.iteachithink.com/2012/08/a-letter-to-my-students-and-parents.htmlhttp://www.iteachithink.com/2012/08/20-project-bad-idea-factory.html
No piece of paper canbe folded in half more than 7 times. How could you ﬁnd out?
The average person’s lefthand does 93% of the typing. How could you ﬁnd out?
The short term memorycapacity for most peopleis between 5 and 9 digits. How could you ﬁnd out?
The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/12836528@N00/2394279602/
A tap drips at a rate of 10 dropsper minute into a large cylindricalcontainer. Each drop contains 5 mlof water.The cylindrical container is 1.5mtall and 1.1m in diameter, with awall thickness of 50mm. 1.1mHow long would it takefor the water to fill thecontainer? 1.5m Problem idea by Dan Meyer, Image by Chris Betcher
Find an interesting photo (try Flickr’s Last 7 Days Interestingness) Come up with a question, task or problem that uses this image as a prompt for an activity Combine the image and the prompt on a Keynote or PowerPoint slide Send your single slide to xxxxxx (Keynote or PowerPoint)• Writing prompts for creative writing - http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/• More writing prompts - http://photoprompts.tumblr.com/• And even more - http://visualwritingprompts.wordpress.com/
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The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoicesCombining Ideas http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/detune/215354076/
“Creativity is just connecting things.When you ask a creative person howthey did something, they may feel a littleguilty because they didn’t really do it, theyjust saw something. It seemed obvious tothem after a while.That’s because they were able to connectexperiences they’ve had and synthesizenew things.”Steve Jobs
http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/heartlover1717/7239093684/Substitute - components, materials, peopleCombine - mix, combine with other assemblies orservices, integrateAdapt - alter, change function, use part of anotherelementModify - increase or reduce in scale, changeshape, modify attributes (e.g. colour)Put to another useEliminate - remove elements, simplify, reduce tocore functionalityReverse - turn inside out or upside down http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCT_02.htm
Everything is a Remixhttp://www.everythingisaremix.info/
“Overprotecting intellectual property is as asharmful as underprotecting it. Creativity isimpossible without a rich public domain.Overprotection stiﬂes the very creative forcesit is supposed to nurture...... Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamedﬁre, is genuinely new: Culture, like science andtechnology, grows by accretion, each newcreator building on the works of those whocame before” Judge Alex Kozinski US Court of Appeals
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The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas
How do we get creativity from our students? Give then something interesting to work on Give them the time, tools and skills they need Get out of their way!Image: newthttp://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/24471966@N04/3102653703
The less restrictions you place on a task, the more creative the response The more restrictions you place on a task, the less creative the responseImage: Vintage block print illustrationhttp://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/10278395@N08/2310455009
Make it “hard fun”Be ambitious for them Image: Bravo http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/92953327@N00/234931709