Sunday, April 22, 2012
Creativity and Curiosity: My Thoughts- Special Post #12A
I believe that schools in the United States systematically destroy the development of curiosity and/ or creativity in students. This happens because teachers and administrators are not very excited about the growth of technology. Some teachers are so stuck in their ways that they want to stick to writing on a board and handing out the same worksheets year after year. I know throughout school all my teachers had taught the kids the year ahead of me the same thing I was learning. Technology is growing so fast that administrators need to provide seminars about new technology and make the teachers adopt the new ways of educating. If teachers start to add lessons using technology they will develop a curriculum that increases the curiosity and creativity of students. The key components to increase curiosity would be to use things that children are using for social network and make it educational. I do not know of a single child that does not enjoy getting on the internet and doing things. I know that there are still a ton of things children do not know about the internet. For instance, until I took this class I knew nothing about the website where you can create your own timeline, I had never blogged in my life, and had not used twitter to connect to people that could help me in my educational journey. The key components to increase creativity would almost be the came as curiosity. When teaching kids about blog posts, children can be creative by posting on their blogs and making their own timelines. However, the only way students are going to be curious about technology is if their teacher is excited and as curious as they are. Also the only way students are going to really show their creativity is if their teacher supports them and compliments their creativity. As I said in the beginning, schools need to give seminars in new technology and ways we can use technology in the classroom. Having seminars available and a good computer would help me to become more creative and curious. It would not hurt also if the schools and teachers fully supported the new technology and try everything they can to make sure our school stays up to date on new techniques and products.