Creativity and Innovation– SMARTBoard

22 Mar


I’ve seen some new comments from both you and the Taiwanese students.  Great job!  What is the fun part about the personal introduction?

We hope to see more interactions when we move into the discussion.  Arthur already created the discussion group for the first project.  Therefore, please remember to upload one image about American culture to your group before Monday (March 26). Just one!

You may wonder what you can talk about with your partners.  Here are some guiding questions:

    • What is the biggest surprise to you?
    • Do you agree with your partners? Why or why not?
    • Is there anything similar in your own culture? What is it?

However, you are not limited with these three questions.  If you have any other ideas, you are welcome to share all of them with your partners.  This is a private discussion; therefore, only 24 of us can see these comments.


We’ve spent a lot of time talking about creativity in class.  All of you also demonstrated your creativity by doing the Slowmation project.  But how do researchers and educators think about creativity?  How do teachers help children develop creativity in K-12 learning environment?  The DaVinci Academy is a great example, but it is very rare.  Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at this video.  Two years ago, he was invited back to give another TED talk.  In the very beginning of his second talk, he quoted Abraham Lincoln:

“The dogmasof the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” I love that. Not rise to it, rise with it. “As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

Then he made this comment: “I love that word, ‘disenthrall.’ You know what it means? That there are ideas that all of us are enthralled to, which we simply take for granted as the natural order of things, the way things are. And many of our ideas have been formed, not to meet the circumstances of this century, but to cope with the circumstances of previous centuries. But our minds are still hypnotized by them, and we have to disenthrall ourselves of some of them. Now, doing this is easier said than done. It’s very hard to know, by the way, what it is you take for granted. And the reason is that you take it for granted“.

Now let’s listen to the last part of his talk.

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

This idea is the reason why I encouraged you all to do something new during spring break.  Anyone wants to share what the new thing is?

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.


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.

Ria mentioned in her feedback that one way that teachers can use to help children to develop or cultivate creativity is to model creativity.  I really like this idea, even though I doubt whether I model any in this class…., but I  want to ask all of you to think about this again in the SMARTBoard project.  So you have about three class periods to complete this project.  If you need much more time, we probably can spend more time on it.


Today we are just trying to figure out the role that SMARTBoard plays in the classroom.  Let’s watch some examples.

K-2 Science Class

3-5 Social Studies

So what functions does SMARTBoard (Interactive Whiteboard) provide?

immediate feedback
more engagement

How many of you have experiences with SMARTBoard?
We are going to create a SMARTBoard activity.  Before we introduce all the functions of SMARTBoard and give you time to play with it, let’s start with some examples.

Your project for this weekend is to collect several examples of how interactive whiteboards are used in your subject/grade level.  The format of your collection will be shared with all of us next Tuessday.  This task will be due on Tuesday, March 27 at the beginning of class.

You can definitely visit the official website f SMARTBoard and find some examples there.

There are some fantastic online resources that you can use to engage your students.  This blog has an organized list of flash-based games and tools your students can use for various topics.

You can also read some of the debate about how “transformative” interactive whiteboards are.  Doug Johnson has a nice take on it. Look over his survey here (make sure to read the comments) and then his response to comments here.

For Tuesday:

1. Finish your discussion about personal introduction this Friday (March 23).

2. Finish uploading one image about American culture by Sunday (March 25).

3. Start sharing your thoughts with your partners in your group Monday (March 26).  This will last for a week.

4. Find several (at least 2) examples of SMARTBoard activity designed for your subject and grade level and get ready to share them with us next Tuesday.

5. If you have time, you can start readingchapter 4 and 6.  Here are the reading guides.  
Chapter 4 Reading Guide: Critical Thinking
and Chapter 6 Reading Guide: Problem Solving.
They are not due next week, but I will suggest that you can start doing this assignment if you have much more time now than the end of semester.

Have a nice weekend~






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