There are a lot of new and exciting things on Creatubbles that are going to help you to use it in your classroom more quickly and effectively than ever before. Take a look at these great new features, and let us know what you think.
Some things never change, and one of them is children’s love of drawing. But how do childrens’ creations today differ from the artwork of those who lived many centuries ago? What was their subject matter and inspiration? Read on and find out!
In an age where many children start using connected devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets almost as soon as they can walk, the question of whether or not a child should be allowed unsupervised internet access for parents is often not ‘if’ but ‘when’.
To celebrate this week’s Safer Internet Day, we look at some of the issues schools face when confronted with the generation now known as “digital natives”.
Hopefully your young creators have already played with our bubble feature, and have been bubbling all the wonderful creations that they see. Bubbling on Creatubbles just got even better! Now you can add multiple bubbles to each creation, choose the color of the bubble, and attach a comment to it.Read More
Fear of failure holds many people back from achieving their true potential, no matter what their age or circumstance. How many of us have avoided saying or doing something for fear of looking dumb in front of our peers?
In a society that worships “talent” many of us are quick to assume that success is the result of superior intelligence or ability – along with a healthy dose of confidence. We divide tasks into things we’re good at and things that we are not, and studiously circumnavigate anything outside our comfort zone.Read More
This week, we are once again joined by Professor Peter Gray who shares his post on the importance of non-judgemental parenting and its influence on children’s creativity below:
In his last post he wrote of evidence that children’s creativity has declined over the past two or three decades, a period during which children’s lives, both in and out of school, have become increasingly controlled and regulated by adult authorities. Here, now, is some further evidence that freedom—including freedom from unasked-for evaluation—is an essential element to the blooming of creativity.
With an increasingly globalized workforce, it’s not unusual for children to grow up in an environment where more than one language is spoken. In fact, almost two thirds of world’s population is now bilingual, with 56% of Europeans speaking two or more tongues. It is reported that children in some African countries even manage more than a dozen linguistic systems on a daily basis. The number of bilingual children will no doubt continue to increase, but how does it affect their development?
For this week’s blog we are kindly joined by Jennifer Drake, Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of Brooklyn College. As a researcher, she focuses on psychology of the arts. Her article was originally published on LearnNow.org website. As always, please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts on the post in the comments below – let us know what is your perspective on the ways children use and engage with art activities.
For this week’s blog we have been kindly joined by the research Professor Peter Gray from Boston College, who specializes in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. For the past few years his research has focused on the process of natural learning in children, and the impact which childhood play can have on their adult lives.
Professor Gray completed his Ph.D studies in biological sciences at Rockefeller University after graduating from Columbia University. He is an author of a “Freedom to Learn” blog (highly recommended read! It is also where this blog post was originally published) on the “Psychology Today” website and a book “Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life“, which summarizes his research on the nature of play.
To read the blog post, please click on “Read more” button below.
It seems that humans are always looking for ways to boost their creativity. However, the latest research shows that key to enhancing it may be closer to our hearts than previously thought, coming from an ability shared by 98% of us: empathy.
Defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”, empathy involves being able to connect to people on an emotional level and imagining what they are feeling or going through. So how does this skill help the creative process?