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Creativity Is the Future of Education

(Via ISTE)

While this video is primarily for the Ghetto Film School in New York City, the point is still a valid one. Our greatest resource is our creativity. If we don’t develop students’ creativity, with what are we left?

Innovation and creativity are the areas in which we can turn around the US’s standing in the world. Building on these strengths, we can not only improve test scores and send more children to college (as evidenced in the video), but we can begin to solve many of the world’s social and economical problems.

How do you build creativity in your students? Where does film-making fit into your curriculum? How can your schools emulate the  efforts of a school like the Ghetto Film School?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center.

HD_Links: Wish I Was There – ISTE 2011:Philadelphia

The largest educational technology conference in the United States is going on right now in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly known as NECC, ISTE 2011 is the place for educators to meet to share what is going on in educational technology and what is just over the horizon.

I have had the chance to attend this conference twice and can say that it is an unbelievable opportunity to network with others that value the use of technology as an educational tool and a key component of 21st century learning.

Even though I don’t get to be there in person this year, there are many ways that I am staying connected and learning about what is new in technology and education at ISTE. Here are a few of the resources available to everyone so that we can all “virtually” attend the conference and stay connected.

ISTE Conference Website – with links to everything you would need to know if you were there like the conference mobile app, the daily schedule, exhibit hall floorplan, but there is so much more.

Another must have ISTE resource:

Monday’s Message: Congratulations Monica Beglau!

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has announced the recipient of its 2011 Outstanding Leader award – Dr. Monica Beglau, Executive Director of the eMINTS National Center.

The Outstanding Leader award recognizes and honors individuals who have demonstrably improved education through the use of technology. Candidates for the awards are nominated by ISTE Affiliates, a network of more than 75 professional associations representing more than 100,000 educators worldwide. Nominations are reviewed by an eight-person team of education and technology professionals from around the world.

Beglau was nominated by the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis for “her vision, leadership, and ability to adapt and thrive in ever-changing conditions.”

Read the ISTE news release.