Creativity

Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Last Thursday was the last day of our second trimester at school, and therefore the end of my second opportunity in 2019-20 to teach Digital and Media Literacy to 5th and 6th Graders. As classroom teachers, one of the things we quickly learn is how different the dynamics of separate classes can be based on the composition of students, their personalities, and the ways in which students interact and sometimes “play off of” each other. In this post, I’d like…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

For the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with our high school English department chair, Whitney Finley, who teaches a unique and engaging creative writing class for 12th graders in which they write and publish their own children’s picture books. After creating their books, as a group students visit our Kindergarten students and share their books with them in person. Later in the year, Kindergarten students create their own books, and then have an opportunity to share…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Welcome to Episode 469 of the Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcast from January 18, 2020, a show by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, digital literacy, digital citizenship, instructional technology integration and engaged learning both inside and outside the classroom. This episode features a conversation with 3rd grade teacher Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) about the second “Immersion Day” at Casady School in Oklahoma City. Immersion Days are half-days for students which focus on a special…

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It’s NOT About Google (Part 3) – SULS046 – Education Article

I love Google tools, but it’s NOT about Google! It’s about how we can use these tools to create dynamic learning experiences for our students. In this 4-part podcast series on Dynamic Learning with Google, Kasey shares all her favorite lesson ideas! In part three, Kasey explains how we can go BEYOND our curriculum and help students discover their passions, and how we can use Google tools to support this strategy! BONUS: Get the Dynamic Learning with Google Toolkit to…

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How to Make the PYP Design Space Accessible, Flexible, Responsive? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Since moving into the role of PYP design teacher I have been playing with ideas about how to provide students access to their design space, which at my school we affectionately call The Pit. The students come to me two or three times every 8 day cycle for 45 minutes at a time and whenever possible I try to facilitate connections between their regular homeroom classroom and my classroom. Check out that article about transdisciplinary design, here, as well as…

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The Argument for Automation & Classroom Creativity – Education Article

In a world where educators talk about the power of creativity in the classroom, it may seem counterintuitive to suggest that automation—the very definition of which is meant to remove thought from the process—may do the most for freeing up the mind to find time to create. The American Psychological Association notes that the more time you have, the higher the chance of being creative. But we’re busy people, right? According to the Brookings Institute, teachers work up to 55 hours per week.…

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BreakoutEDU: More Than a Time-Filling Game – Education Article

In this post, we are going to explore how BreakoutEDU is more than a time-filling game! Think of BreakoutEDU as an escape room game for your classroom, aligned with your learning goals. While there are many iterations of this idea, including digital breakouts, and DIY games, this post will focus on the BreakoutEDU platform. Jump in on the conversation in the Shake Up Learning Community and ask questions or share your favorite ideas! The guest post below was written by…

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Keeping Play Cognitive – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I’m excited to announce a new workshop that I’m leading at The Future of Education Now Conference (#FOEN2019) at Western Academy of Beijing. It is one based around some my recent explorations in cognitive science research, and creativity & design. The description can tell you more about the workshop, which I hope will peel back the layers and present research findings on play, behavior, and cognition for elementary-aged students and beyond: Schools are rapidly moving towards play-based learning to prepare students to…

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Lessons from Cognitive Science that I’ve Used to Improve my Teaching – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I  recently gave a presentation called The Cognitive Science of Creative Subjects at Learning2Asia, a conference which I thought was an incredibly well-run by Nanjing International School. The format of the workshop was really fun: Teachers do mostly hands-on, design-related experiments on themselves to sort of demonstrate how different principles in cognitive science work. I also tried to translate the principles into useful classroom applications, and to tell the story of each of the research studies that the workshop was based…

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What is Instructional Design and does it Matter for K-12 Education? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Instructional design (ID) is the systematic design, development, and implementation of efficient and effective instructional solutions for the purpose of improving learning and performance. Put more simply, instructional design is a reliable way of thinking and acting to design quality instruction. Many instructional designers use the ADDIE model, created in the 70s, as a framework for decision-making. Instructional designers design instructional and performance solutions in a variety of settings, from private corporations to healthcare organizations to the military. Instructional designers tend…

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Does Design/MakerED/STEM even need a curriculum? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I get the sense from some in the creative subjects that the simple practice of putting something down in the form of a written curriculum is too restrictive or too cold and methodical to be worth doing. While schools tend to provide math and reading teachers things like off-the-shelf resources, scope and sequences, and pacing guides, these kinds of instructional materials probably don’t exist for my subject (PYP Design); Anyone familiar with the work that goes into a Programme of…

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11 Books to Start a Book Club for Teachers – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I love professional book clubs. If schools are serious about teacher agency and differentiating professional learning for teachers, administrators should consider teacher book clubs as an option. The following is an updated list of 10 books for professional book clubs that I’ve had the pleasure of either facilitating, attending, or just think could be great if used in a book club. I hope you find them useful in starting up a book club in your school or learning organization! Constructivist Instruction:…

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The Cognitive Science of Creative Subjects at Learning2 2019! – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I’m (Zach) excited to share that I will be presenting at yet another conference, this time at Learning2 in Nanjing, China. Take a look at the description of the workshop below, which I hope will merge some of my passion for utilizing research to inform teaching with my work in creativity. Hope to see you there! ZACH GROSHELL – Nanjing International School Session Audience: Whole School Session Goals: Participants will learn about key cognitive science principles as they relate to…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Yesterday in Oklahoma City, Storychasers hosted a 1 day conference on podcasting attended by educators and other people interested in podcasting from Oklahoma City as well as north Texas. I shared the opening keynote titled, “Who Tells Your Story,” along with two breakout session workshops on “Quick Edit Podcasting” using the Anchor mobile app, and Podcast Post-Production Tools and Tips. All the slides and resources for the conference are available on sites.google.com/view/podcastingokc/. In this post, I’ll reflect on some of…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Welcome to Episode 462 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcasts, a now-wildly irregular podcast by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, digital literacy and instructional technology. This episode includes two segments. The first is an interview with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes), our elementary art teacher at Casady School in Oklahoma City. This past spring, Megan had an opportunity to travel to the Chicago area and spend part of a day with Tricia Fuglestad (@fuglefun). Tricia…

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Teaching Pupils About The Realities Of Work – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How easy is it to link careers to the curriculum? Careers advice in schools is a challenging and critical aspect of the curriculum to help offer pupils develop their employability skills. These soft skills help students become employable, but curriculum restraint is difficult for schools. These free activities from IGD can help teachers develop these skills with our pupils within a congested curriculum. Curriculum planning Career planning in schools used to be the domain of specialist…

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