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What is Creative Ideator?

 

A creative ideator is a person who innovates and design creative ideas and makes it happen. (S)He is a solution seeker, problem solver and innovative thinker at heart. Council for Creative Education (CCE) Finland believes in innovative powers young minds posses and our goal is to give freedom to explore their innovative ideas, creative abilities. CCE, in collaboration with School of Creativity and Design, is providing a platform and environment for children from age of 11 to 17 years and young adults from age of 18 to 26 years through 5 days Creative Ideator Camp. Here they will get energy, support, and strength of a team to develop their creative abilities and at the end of the camp, they will come up with amazing solutions!

CAMP ON CREATIVITY & MEDIA MANAGEMENT
CAMP ON INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Keynote Talk:

 

UN’s Day of Creativity and Innovation: Critical Skills in Critical Times

​About the Speaker:

  • UNESCO chair and Digital Platforms for Transforming Economies.

  • Professor in Information Technology, Numerical Analysis and its Applications, University of Jyväskylä

Heikki Lyytinen (Finland)

Keynote Talk:

UN’s Day of Creativity and Innovation: Critical Skills in Critical Times

​About the Speaker:

  • UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All. 2015-2019, 2019-2023. Unitwin Inclusive Literacy, Unesco Chair.

  • Professor of Neuropsychology and Psychology, University of Jyväskylä

Reidun Twarock (UK)

Keynote Talk:

Virus Structure through a Mathematical Microscope

​About the Speaker:

  • Professor of Mathematical Virology, University of York, UK

  •  EPSRC Established Career Fellow, Royal Society Wolfson Fellow

  •  Several discoveries and patents on the field of mathematical virology

  •  Mathematical Virology Teacher Packs and further useful resources: https://www-
    users.york.ac.uk/~rt507/page7.html

 

Organizers and Collaborators

Themes

(6) Nurturing physical, Social, and Emotional development of children in new normal:

We are very well aware that early childhood educators play an important role in nurturing a child’s social and emotional development. Supporting a child’s social and emotional development can be both rewarding and challenging in these new and unprecedented times. Critical to providing support in the online environment is having realistic expectations of a child’s development at different stages. Realistic expectations of when as a class they are able to experience emotions, how easy or difficult it is for them to take turns in speaking, and when young children are able to follow simple directions can bring greater success – and less frustration – for young children and teachers in this medium of learning.

Online learning has emerged as the paradigm of modern kindergarten education. The great advantages of this medium were the platform for interactions between children and facilitators, children, and their classmates and parents. While this eased out the learning process in the midst of lockdowns, but it also left room open for some physiological effects. This theme ponders about these effects and answer question such as Will e-learning in site with the teachers and parent’s virtual presence be more effective?

 

(7) Assessment methods during Online Education:

For the past few months, most kindergarten teachers have had their hands full just trying to stay connected with their little ones. But with many kindergartens still uncertain about when their doors will fully reopen, the need to actually assess preschooler’s learning is becoming more pressing. This theme will focus on different/innovative assessment methods that worked for various participating institutions/facilitators

 

(8) What if the devices are not available for Online Education?

When online education is gaining all the attention across the globe, we are also reading about the widening gap of education between the people who have the devices and who don't. As educators, we need to address this issue with more sensitivity, intelligence, and creativity. Through this theme, we are inviting educators to present their various models through which they made their offline education successful and engaging. You can also provide the roadmaps of how it can be done with some practical suggestions.

(9) Adapting the ECE curriculum in the new normal:

A typical day of any kindergarten included circle time, fine and gross motor skills activities, group activities, social-emotional development lesson plans, and a lot of play to learn. With the online kindergarten classroom, how does the ECE curriculum change? Is it adapting to the new normal yet? Will it ensure 360 development of preschoolers?

 

(10) Play and Engagement:

Preschoolers like to actively explore their environment and the world around them through the medium of play. This exploring ideas and language, manipulating objects, role-play, or experimenting with materials such as blocks, natural items, play dough and paint makes them curious learners. This theme will highlight some pointed questions such as - Is online education ensuring this objective of Play and engagement is being achieved? What are the different means and methods to fulfill this learning goal? 

NOTE:- Other than the above theme, you can present any topic related to Early Childhood Education

(1) Building inclusive spaces - Innovative ways in the new normal: 

The role of educators and facilitators is now more imperative than ever. The key responsibility area is to include every child in learning without any discrimination, to celebrate the differences among all the learners, and to promote equality and equity. Most significant in this era of the online classroom is to encourage learning. 

This theme will highlight Solutions, innovations, and new strategies of inclusive education in early and formative years. There are also some emerging questions such as - What worked during the new normal in the ECE arena? What's the latest Research/Innovation? What are views from stakeholders (parents, co-teachers, management)?

(2) Parenting in Pandemic:

This theme of the CCE Conference wishes to celebrate the successful parent in you. The parenting segment aims at touching the most delicate aspects of parenting - multitasking at home, job, child care, and self-management - it may not be as easy as it seems, but it's not difficult either.
It is understandable that parenting has different sets of challenges - It is about time we talk about solutions and hear some parenting success stories.  Parents are requested to send their success stories via a video. Some pointers to share the stories are as follows:

1. Discuss parenting during COVID-19
2. Do we need to have 'One-on-One' time?
3. Multitasking & managing stress while being calm
4. Keeping it positive and getting structured, everyday
5. How to keep children safe online?

  

(3) Alternative ways of educating Preschoolers:

This era of covid-19 has strongly reflected that we don't necessarily need our little ones to be in close proximity to teaching aids, books, bags, and whiteboards to learn. True learning isn't just about memorizing the alphabets or shapes. Learning is an interactive -- and lifelong -- process of analyzing, questioning, and discussing; an alternative way of learning is looking for new meanings and unique applications of knowledge in every situation. There's a big world of questions, places, and people out there: Can we now try to expose our children to as many meaningful experiences as possible? In this segment - we need to broaden our knowledge, invite ideas to alternative methods that can improve early childhood education, and cultivate the type of awareness and appreciation that can be taught via e-preschool.

(4) Tools and Technology for improved Delivery of ECE:

Our little millennia are crazy about technology! However, we educators must also ensure that preschoolers learn while we use current technology in this constantly-evolving world. Integrating tools and technology, when done well, not only reinforces key technical skills children need to thrive in the 21st century, but it also increases engagement and enhances learning. This theme focuses on the latest tools and technologies that aided in learning for the preschoolers and delivery of the curriculum.

(5) The Learning Environment in a new normal:

This new normal era witnessed overnight migration from real physical classrooms to online classrooms. While this online environment ensures learning of our little ones, but we need to remember it’s important to provide early learners with time to simply play, create, and use their imaginations. This theme will highlight different kind of learning environments which were paired with an online medium to ensure that we take care of the overall development of preschoolers. It may be as simple as enhancing they are fine motor skills by the usage of play dough or planning an activity involving preschoolers to create a weather chart by running to their home windows/backyard to see what kind of day it is.

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