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Gerard Darby on BBC Four Thought

Gerard Darby argues that the education system is damaging creativity. The podcast can be accessed via this link.

 

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Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output? Imagine is a book which unpacks the science of creativity, I can’t wait to read it!

"The Free Universal Construction Kit created by F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab, is a 3-D-printable collection of 80 parts that function as a a Rosetta Stone for young builders." Allowing them to combine building blocks from a range of different sources... Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. "Through the kit, each brand can be connected to any other brand, so that the specific form and a function and aspects of each can be leveraged in order to create a network of toys,” explains the project team. “That’s really what every kid wants, an unrestricted set of tools to express their imagination physically.”

A design methodology essentially pertains to the way designers “do” their work, the methods or structures they use to translate ideas into a definitive design outcome. The Reflective Practitioner, a book by Donald A Schon, demonstrates the importance of having a set of predefined design tools to work with. It is also a resource containing many examples of how “Professional’s Think in Action.”

“The role change from keeper of knowledge to facilitator of learning presents a challenge and an opportunity for educators to dramatically change the way their students learn

Interactivity as a pedagogical technique requires a fundamental change in the way education is delivered. In his book, Growing Up Digtal, Tapscott identifies 7 ways this change occurs:

  • From linear to hypermedia learning.
  • From instruction to construction and discovery.
  • From teacher-centered to learner-centered education.
  • From absorbing material to learning how to navigate and how to learn.
  • From schooling to lifelong learning.
  • From learning as torture to learning as fun.
  • From the teacher as transmitter to the teacher of facilitator”