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A caution -- When you are exploring it is wise not to have the kids around unless you are sure of the site. Some areas that have creative materials are adult oriented and have other links that may be a shocking surprise. Another Internet surprise is that a vendor who had a perfectly proper site will let the license lapse, and then a porno site will buy the URL as traffic is already established.
Webquests and activities - The Gathering
Exploring Media - Creativity is highly individualized. For instance a lot of folks think scrapbooking is a creative outlet. Others do not. Some folks like the paintings of Chagall or Kandinsky, while others prefer Renoir or Degas. The same is true for any expression of creativity. Generally creativity is subjective and a highly individual and personal experience.
Today, we can often connect to creativity through varied media. The Internet is a phenomenal source for all kinds of visual media and both audio and video clips. You could spend years just exploring YouTube. Many of the clips can also be used to teach, creatively. It is also important to remember the millions of wonderful things that are now archived online -- speeches, TV archives, historical footage, etc., and that media is part of the very powerful phantom curriculum.
Explore the followings sites and see what you can find that you think are creative and tell us why. These may be art, music, performances, people, speeches, architecture, pictures, comedy, etc (try to keep it within the bounds of good taste) -- pinpoint something that definitively speaks to you and screams "this is creativity."
Here are some places to explore and after each I offer samples of something or someone I think is creative. Find 3 sites for yourselves, or just use mine, on each of your 3 selected sites find 3-5 separate examples of things you think are highly creative. You will need to be able to download video and audio clips (Real Player; MS Media Player, or Quick Time - RP and QT are usually free downloads.)
Webquest #1 - Looking at the hyperlinks below and reflecting on the sample tests that you took in class, see what you think about tests of creativity. What do you think they are actually measuring -- personality attributes, experiences growing up, problem solving abilities, risk taking, mental agility, some portion of IQ?
Find 3-5 more tests that are supposed to measure attributes of creativity and see if you agree that they might be worth using.
Share these with your peers in the D2L display space.
Sample test online:
Here are some samples of websites linked off my creativity links page (see the link to the upper left). Look at the sites below and answer the questions posed. Then, look at the array of sites linked off my pages as there are lots of topics and links to explore. Indeed, as the Internet is like a rabbit warren you may end up on a site I have not listed.
Find 4 more sites or connected information pages or articles that speak to you, or that offer you useful or helpful information in understanding creativity or creative people, or that help you devise classroom activities or create learning environments that nurture creativity. Place these in the section marked Webquest #2 in D2L for your peer to explore. Make sure to offer an annotation as to why you chose this website and how you are going to use this information.
Projects - Conceptualizing your project:
If you don't have a definitive idea as to what you want to do for your personal project, then you may wish to use some of the following ideas and then a bit of brainstorming or personalized brainstorming to narrow the focus.
If you are stuck, then try asking yourself these questions.
As you progress through your project, remember to post what is happening on the website. Upload pictures if you like, but make sure you keep peers appraised of how it is going to include your triumphs and frustrations.
Links to internal site strands
|Books on Creativity|
|Books on Brain-based Education|
|A Little Inspiration||Books on Multiple Intelligences||Newer Views of Learning Index||Caring for the Muse Index|
copyright Leslie Owen Wilson, 2007