Alien objects

creative thinking, creativity, critical & creative thinking, design, learning
LOLA: Alien Object Analysis on Prezi   A critical & creative thinking activity Essentially, a version of a traditional design object analysis activity, this is a creative exercise that introduces students to the idea that all objects can convey meanings; meanings which can be clear, obscure, shifting, ephemeral, long-lasting, trivial, profound, widely understood, narrowly received, lost - and more. The activity can be run with any number of variations, but the one presented here is set against some dystopian future in which all the inhabitants of planet Earth have abandoned it, leaving behind only their manufactured artifacts. At some time subsequent, an alien civilisation finds abandoned world and sends down a landing party to explore. The biggest puzzle they face is trying to make sense of the objects they find…
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Design = research

creative thinking, critical & creative thinking
The role of research is vital in any meaningful design effort. Design students can be either confused or indifferent to the demands of and requirements for research. Even for those who recognise the value of research the problem often comes at the point when it becomes necessary to make sense of all the information that's been gathered. This short Prezi provides a simple overview of how data can be used and interpreted. It includes invented data for illustrative purposes as well as genuine examples of data interpretation as well as a YouTube clip from students who've undergone a research process. The overriding lesson is that research should justify, substantiate and inform the design process.
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Think Critical

animation, critical & creative thinking
So often, the hard part about teaching - and indeed, learning - is to get a basic understanding of the subject under scrutiny. Once an underlying foundation of understanding is established then the processes of consolidation and expansion of knowledge and understanding can happen. The ability to explain complex issues with simplicity is often a surprisingly difficult task. Bridge8, an Australian 'foresight agency' were tasked with explaining the underlying principles of logical argument and critical thinking. It's intended audience were children aged 8 - 10, but it's also great for grown-ups too! As an example of clear, effective and engaging creative thought in its own right, these short video clips are glittering diamonds; Critical thinking animations Click for more information on Bridge8
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