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ERIC Number: EJ779952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society
Resnick, Mitchel
Learning & Leading with Technology, v35 n4 p18-22 Dec 2007-Jan 2008
In today's rapidly changing world, people must continually come up with creative solutions to unexpected problems. Success is based not only on what one knows or how much one knows, but on one's ability to think and act creatively. In short, people are now living in the Creative Society. Unfortunately, few of today's classrooms focus on helping students develop as creative thinkers. In addition, the proliferation of new technologies is quickening the pace of change, accentuating the need for creative thinking in all aspects of people's lives. In this article, the author discusses two technologies developed by his research group at the MIT Media Lab with the explicit goal of helping people develop as creative thinkers. The two technologies, called Crickets and Scratch, are designed to support what the author calls the "creative thinking spiral." In this process, people "imagine" what they want to do, "create" a project based on their ideas, "play" with their creations, "share" their ideas and creations with others, and "reflect" on their experiences--all of which leads them to "imagine" new ideas and new projects. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Language: English
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