20% Blog and Creativity and Innovation

March 6, 2014 § Leave a comment


I hope you had an educational experience with the Educational Technology Center crew. I wanted to remind you a few take away points and further resources for you to use SMART Board in your areas.

a. Using your finger as the mouse.
Open your PPTs, your Web sites, whatever, then walk over to the SMART Board and simply interact with them there.

b. Using the Ink Layer to annotate or mark up the screen.
Pick up a pen to activate the Ink Layer. Think of it as a thin sheet of transparent film that has magically appeared and is covering the screen. Saving annotated or marked up pages is a good first use of the Notebook software.

c. Using SMART’s Notebook software to capture one or multiple pages of traditional whiteboard notes.
Imagine using a traditional whiteboard and wishing you could save the notes you or your group just took. And, just as one board fills up, imagine immediately having another whiteboard wheeled into the room for you to use. The SMART Notebook software gives you this ability.

d. Using SMART’s Notebook software to create presentations, lessons, and activities.
The SMART Notebook software is really a powerful authoring tool. Think of it as PowerPoint, but where individual objects can be manipulated while the presentation is running. Create activities and interactive multimedia by inserting text, graphics, photos, and video on as many slides (or pages) as you wish. Use the Notebook Gallery to access clip art and interactive ‘widgets’ (e.g. timers, games, and animated activities).

There are some activities sample in the Notebook software.  It is easier to edit these activities on your personal computer than on the real SMART Board.  It’s also easier to start making your teaching materials by using the templates in the Notebook software.  Therefore, try to play with some of the activities.  Or, you can go to SMART Exchange to see more examples and download some templates.

Here are some tutorial videos about using features in Smart Notebook.

  1. A 2-minute tutorial on using the Gallery in Notebook.
  2. 2-minute tutorial on Page Sorter in Notebook.
  3. A 2-minute tutorial on object animation in Notebook.

Or you can watch these tutorials made by the Smart company.

20% Project Expectations and Rubric

You reviewed your peers’ 20% blog. What are your take-aways? What was exemplary? What do you plan on doing on your blog that you learned from others’?

We will have an activity to build our expectation about blogging. Based on your input, I will make a draft of bingo rubric for our 20% project.  I want you to have an input on what should go in the rubric. So we’ll spend some time brainstorming what makes a good 20% project.

Add another posting to your 20% blog. This will be the third blog post unless you have more.

Having the suggestions by your peers, what would you do now? Spend some time looking for answers to your research question. Talk about where you searched for answers and what you are beginning to find. Go into more details about your topic.


Creativity and Innovation

 So..how to better design your blog?

We’re starting a new topic today – Creativity and Innovation.


Are you creative?  Are there any creative people in your life?  Do you think they share some common traits?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.


Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one of the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.  Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have. We will invite a student of Dr. Cramond to talk about measuring creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from England, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity (1:00-6:30, 8:30-13:20).

Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity.  He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators.  Now let’s listen to his talk. (3:20 or 5:00-16:30)

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?


Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?

There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school.  The school is called DaVinci Academy.  This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students. The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards. They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt  a couple of years ago.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition, and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.   They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.

FOR TUESDAY March 18th:

1. Add a 3rd post to your blog – spend some time looking for answers to your research question. Talk about where you searched for answers and what you are beginning to find.

2. Connect with classmates via Twitter who are working on similar topics. Post a link on Twitter to your latest blog post – use your topic hashtag and #edit2000

3. Find at least 10 people on Twitter to follow that will help you with ideas for your project until our next class.  *Remember the 100/100 rule – at least 100 tweets and at least 100 people to follow before the end of the semester.

4. Read the “Creative Education” chapter on the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43). Prepare one question about the reading. We will pick your questions to discuss in class. Write your question in this wall.

5. Try something that you have never tried during Spring Break. It might be a new recipe or a new activity. Or it can be a new way to solve a problem that has been bothering you or your friends for a long time. Just be CREATIVE!

6. Heads-up: We will have a guest speaker to introduce us to a topic: “How to measure creativity” on Thursday, March 20th.


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