I’d like to thank Miguel for hosting me here as part of my virtual tour to promote The Best of Learning & Leading with Technology. Leave a comment at the end of this post to enter to win a copy of the book.

–Jennifer Roland

Update 09/24/2009: Thanks to Milton Ramirez for pointing out the broken link (#1). There was an extra space after the customary http://

One of the articles I included in this collection, “Sowing the Seeds of Creativity” by Mitchel Resnick, describes two tools that foster creative thinking in students. Resnick provides ideas for how to guide students and examples of the ways students have used the tools. (Read the article here at one of the two links below:

  1. http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/papers/Learning-Leading-final.pdf
  2. http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=December_January_No_4_2&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&NavMenuID=3789&ContentID=18880&DirectListComboInd=D

And students will need the ability to think creatively and critically in our fast-paced society. Whether you believe the purpose of education is to create citizens or workers, we could all agree that economic and societal realities require more than rote recall of dates, places, and names.

Unfortunately, the focus on standardized tests and learning of core academic facts doesn’t leave a lot of room in the curriculum for exploration and creative thinking. But there are many teaches who make it work, using what leeway they have to adequately prepare students for their futures, not just the tests.

  • How have you succeeded in fostering creativity while also meeting curricular objectives?
  • What tools have you incorporated to increase students’ creativity?
  • Does your administration support you innovation within the confines of the curriculum?

Answer one of these questions or ask a question of your own to be entered into the random drawing to win a copy of The Best of Learning & Leading with Technology.

About Jennifer Roland

Jennifer is a writer living in the Portland, Oregon, area. She holds bachelor’s degrees in magazine journalism and political science from the University of Oregon. Her education also focused on history, economics, linguistics, and educational policy and management. Before embarking on her freelance career, she was a staff member at ISTE. Follow Jennifer on her blog tour at http://edtechjen.com; each tour stop includes a chance to win a copy of The Best of L&L.

About The Best of Learning & Leading with Technology (link to http://www.iste.org/source/Orders/isteProductDetail.cfm?product_code=llbest)

ISTE’s flagship magazine, Learning & Leading with Technology, is where the organization’s members and industry experts share and discuss the latest and greatest in using technology to enhance education. This collection includes the very best articles from 2003-2008. Along with the articles as they originally appeared in the magazine, the book includes commentary and context introducing the articles as well as short essays from the original authors, who further discuss the issues and topics of their articles and how they’ve affected the ed tech world.

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