Magazine article Internet@Schools

Common Core Standards, Creativity, and Innovation

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Common Core Standards, Creativity, and Innovation

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Despite the pushback we've seen lately against implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the rollout continues. But as the discussions around the merits of the standards occur-some of which seem motivated more on political or ideological than educational grounds-the education community is tweaking and developing its response to those standards. The more interesting of those tweaks and developments are. of course, not grounded in politics or ideology, but in thoughtful application of ideas and concepts believed to further learning.

One area that is getting a lot of attention is the role of the arts and the encouragement of creativity in moving toward achieving the educational goals set by the Common Core Standards. So, STEM to STEAM is coming of age, reminding us that arts education needs to be part of the mix of the science-technology-engineering-math juggernaut. And the "Maker Movement" and raakerspaces are gaining attention, with their inherent appeal to, well, creating! That's a part of learning too!

To address this arts, creativity, and innovation theme- the issue focus for this month-we asked Victor Rivero to gear his Tools for Learning feature toward it. …

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