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Today in History: Edison Invents the Phonograph 

From smart machines to wizards, we move to inventors. Some consider Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847- October 18, 1931) to be one of the greatest inventors of all time, for he smartly and prolifically developed technology that greatly influenced our lives. Innovation and invention, research, development, and commercialization became the foundation of the industrial research …

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Designing the Space You Most Want and Need 

Let’s just call it your….HOME! That was the Design challenge that was happily addressed at the recent Socratic Conversation (5/29) conducted by Ron Gross. Each participant began by identifying four major values which they sought in designing their living space, and then shared one which they felt would be unique in the group – and …

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Working the “morning pages” from a digital angle 

If you are an artist of any ilk--fine arts, visual arts, writing, acting, singing, etc--you have probably heard of, and perhaps use, Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way. It's an international bestseller based on the concept of writer's block and the principals of twelve step programs. Cameron wrote the book after her workshop took off, …

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The Art of Possibility 

Title: The Art of Possibility Authors: Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander Publisher: Harvard Business School Press,  2000 Call Number: BC199.P7 Z36 From the Publisher: The Art of Possibility offers a set of breakthrough practices for creativity in all human enterprises.  This inspirational book is a synthesis of Rosamund Stone Zander's knowledge of cutting-edge psychology …

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Creative Food for Thought 

Have you registered yet for the Department of Arts and Humanities' Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium at Teachers College, April 28th-29th? The Gottesman Libraries is hosting a full calendar of events related to—and leading up to—the symposium. To spark interest in the "intrinsic value of creativity and imagination in education," we'll feature: Poetry Day, a "read …

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Learning through Technology 

Background MuseAmi develops iPhone apps that allow you to correct your pitch and produce music. I was interested in how these applications "level the playing" field for new music creators. MuseAmi creator, Bob Taub, has plans to continue developing the tool so it will translate what you sing into musical notation. They hope that the …

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Zing!: Seven creativity practices for educators and students 

Title: Zing!: seven creativity practices for educators and students Author: Pat Mora Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010. Check it out: LB1025.3 .M663 2010 From the publisher: Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students is a beautifully written guide that offers seven powerful practices for personal creativity and professional inventiveness. For each of …

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The Dark Side of Creativity 

Title: The Dark Side of Creativity Author: Edited by David H. Cropley, Arthur J. Cropley, James C. Kaufman, Mark A. Runco Publisher: New York: Cambridge University Press, c. 2010 Check it out: BF408 .D36 2010 From the publisher: "With few exceptions, scholarship on creativity has focused on its positive aspects while largely ignoring its dark …

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Talking Tech: “Kids, Interactivity, and Creativity” 

Content needs a learning message, and it is our job as educators to make it engaging and hopefully inspirational – in more creative words, ishful. A dog does not need to look like a dog, but can look “doggish.” You can learn animation in a snap,  math and reading with the help of a green-eyed, …

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