Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Creative Classroom Design

Here is a little video we captured today during one of the many sessions we participated with the attendees. The idea was for them to create the classroom/learning/creative thinking space they always wanted. This was a fairly simple one but we have had many more complex spaces. Many people chose outdoor spaces in the mountains, outside of a café or even in a cozy room with a fireplace and bookcases surrounding them where they could think deep thoughts…and maybe sip hot coco.

Hello NSU from the World Creativity Forum.

Photo Gallery

Just posted pictures in the Photo Gallery of NSU at WCF 2010.

policy forum

Session choices in the afternoon are all full. Standing room only. Policy development breakout right now. Discussion on schools and children and how they are affected by policy.

Mosaic Images Built on Photos Taken at CWF 2010

Stop by the Northeastern State University booth to see if you recognize anyone in the mosaic. You could be in it.
Devon oil president: creative shale fracturing reversed downward slope in US gas production. Were running out of ideas, not gas. Need innovative ideas.
T. Boone Pickens: sometimes creativity is shoved down your throat. Be creative or you won't be around.

Very inspiring talk by TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie

Blake is changing the world by giving one pair of shoes to children in need for each pair of his TOMS Shoes purchased.

Check out TOMS Shoes on the Web.

Toms shoes

Who is our next creator of such a movement?
I'm buying TOMS shoes. What a fabulous story of giving to others.

Past to present

Listening to speakers this morning takes me back to the work of progressive educators from early U.S. educational history to contemporary times. Removing barriers to creative thought and freeing up people to work with others to build our future is what we should be about at NSU.

Its past time to raise our expectations, remove structures and practices that restrict us, and focus on truly putting the needs of our students at our core.

Progressive education is alive

From Parker to Dewey to contemporary leaders advocating for the freeing of the mind and the removal of oppressive practices that limit human potential...progressive educators have never lost hope in transforming factory model schools into sites of creativity where we are free to explore, create, and achieve.

I am convinced that the realization of those ambitions is based upon our expectations. If we expect the best it happens. If we expect engagement it happens. If we expect NSU to be the center of democratic practice it will happen.

As we think so we become.

creativity forum thoughts

Great kick off event followed by progressive talks. Views on freeing up creativity by proactively building time into the work is right on target.

ᎦᏙ ᏧᏙᎢᏓ? What's in a name?

ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᏠᏆᏍᎩ ᏓᏃᏪᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏗᏍᏈᏍᏗ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏧᎾᏙᎢᏓ ᏣᏔᎩ ᎬᏗ. ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎭ. ᏭᎵᏍᏈᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏙᎢᏓ (ᎾᏂᏪᏍᎬ) - "Delisia" ᎠᎴ "Sollen." Three hours in and the Cherokee Program students have been writing a lot of different names in Cherokee. They're doing a great job. The most interesting names so far (as indicated by the students)- "Delisia" and "Sollen."
Listening to the Convergence Session I: Creativity Fueling the 21st Century Global Economy with Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, and David Pogue. They are sharing their insights on the importance of creativity and innovation in driving both our individual and societal growth.
The NSU booth rocks. Hard work of 24 persons. Really nice work, everyone.

Thriller start to the morning.

In flash mob style a dance group kicks off the morning before festivities begin at the World Creativity Forum here in OKC.

When you hear Thriller you know someone's going to be dancing.