The result of linear thinking

Posted: March 3, 2010 in Education, Innovation, Internet, Pedagogy
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Firstly I have to thank @deangroom for this clip. I was checking twitter earlier and found that he linked to this clip for use with his under-grad students in their introduction to wiki’s.

The reason I have embedded the clip here is a little different. Frequently I try to promote the avoidance of linear thinking and the practice of creativity and problem solving to my students. Too often I, as with most educators, have had students ask me to tell them what to create, how to solve their problems or what to make something look like. At the same time though most of students already have an idea or thought as to what the answer already is or how to create the solution to their problem or task. For this reason my response is generally the same, ‘How do you see it in your head?’, ‘Why do you think it has to be done a particular way?’, ‘Are there other ways to do it?’ or ‘What are the different parts of the problem or task?’.

This clip is one that I will surely use in the introduction of a new topic with my classes. Already I am thinking that it will suit very nicely as an intro to a group-based topic where the students will work in teams to develop websites for small businesses. I hope that you may find it as mentally stimulating as I,

Tim

From YouTube:
The Song is “Life is Good” by Funkservice International
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An escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. You would never see an “Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order” sign, just “Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.”

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