Learning through play? @pgcap #coresep11 #CMC11 MOOC

arriving or the journey just begins, yes, it just begins

Arriving or the journey just begins. Yes, it just begins...

the city our classroom or open thinking space

The city our classroom or open thinking space. No borders.

Are you ready to play? What stops you?

Are you ready to play?

Come on, let's give it a go!!!

Come on, let's give it a go!!!

What happened to learning through play?

Just wondering, what stopped you before?

Ideas flow and grow when we share them

Ideas flow and grow when we share them through play, remember?


Learning is yummy, don't you think?

What would we do if we didn't have each other?

What would we do if we didn't have each other?

Very well done to you all!

Very well done to you Fabrizio, Kirsty, Neil, Deaglan, Frances, John and Fiona (who is not on this picture)!

Special treats for our Stage 2 winners Fiona and Neil

Special treats for our Stage 2 winners - both had so much fun on the Wheel!!!

… and our Stage 2 winners are…

3 thoughts on “Learning through play? @pgcap #coresep11 #CMC11 MOOC

  1. Yes, EP Torrance was a strong proponent of teaching creativity. “The Search for Satori & Creativity” is one of my most prized books (yes I real, paper book!) He lays the foundation for TIM … a concept used in teaching, especially for the gifted and talented, and as well, for mining creativity in all. In it, he responds to the question “Can people reared in the American culture accept a concept of creativity tat cannot be attained instantly – a kind of creativity that requires perseverance, diligence, time and hard work?”
    The honest and deep research in creativity over more than 50 years lays the foundation for much of Torrance’s further research and emergent methodology for creativity in education. He is one of the more prominent pioneers in creativity and developed thought processes for educators to help people recognize and develop their own creative potential as well as that of others.

    Your visual summary, plus the vidcast highlight, in Torrance’s parlance, the importance of play, exploration, the use of fantasy, making “it” swing and making “it” ring,digging deeper, looking at it another way (love the math “toys”, and extending the boundaries. It is not complicated. It does ask for an open mind and a willingness to embrace ambiguity.

    The images you have icluded, with text, help us to visualize “It”, richly and colorfully. Thank you.

  2. Hi Carol,

    Good to see you here again. I hope your week is going well so far ;o)

    Thank you so much for your comments and as you say the Torrance test – also Guilford’s alternative uses task – of simple items have been very useful in a number of session I have facilitated to encourage and enable more creative thinking and acting. I have developed a ‘toolkit’ to turn these approaches into something that makes sense to individuals. However, I don’t like the idea of measuring creativity but feel that these tests are useful to get individuals thinking outside the ordinary box… and it seems to work…

    We are playing this mixed-reality game with our PGCAP students. It wasn’t always a game but after refining my approach for the last 3-4 years, I have now got something together that seems to work well. In its previous formats, I used it in Teacher Education for Further Education and Adult Learning but have found it most challenging to engage academics and make them see the value in this.

    I am really pleased I didn’t give up but used the feedback, especially the more critical, to refine my idea and develop a concept (well, I think I am getting there…) There is a stage 3 to this mixed-reality game and I will let you know how it goes. During Stage 3, players create a digital story based on the ideas developed during stage 1 and 2 and we are going to invite the world to vote for their favourite idea. So, I will probably post something with #cmc11 so that we get people from the MOOC to vote for their favourite story. What I haven’t worked out yet is where and how to do the voting…

    Glad you liked the Maths toys (Neil’s idea who was also one of the winners in Stage2) and the whole approach. Happy to share details of the game with you and maybe we could develop a fully online version ;o).

    Best wishes,

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