Use Your Hands!

Gever Tully and The Tinkering School first came across my radar thanks to his TED Talk: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. He has now come into view a second time thanks to an article in today’s NY Times.

Digital Designers Rediscover Their Hands caught my eye partially due to the title, but mostly because of this opening line:

Gever Tulley has only one qualification for training software designers how to become more creative.

Of course I had to read the rest of the article!

It’s all about the hands-on experience – both how it gets people to think outside of their [in this case digital] experience, and how the interaction with materials provides an enjoyable and much needed tactile engagement with the physical world.

Trying something different – getting your brain thinking along other tangents – helps promote conditions for creative thought. And hands-on experience helps inform the learning process. Ken Robinson, James Zull and John Dewey would all be pleased. 🙂

By the way, the CAIS Brain Institute is this Tuesday and Wednesday. You can read more about it in my previous post, and of course, I’ll be writing about it later in the week.

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