Lost in content

Today social media increasingly prosperous. Whether it is business operations or personal interests, it has used widely used. People can freely share their thoughts or creations on these platforms through images, videos, and text. As an educator, we also adopt this model and think about how can its encourage student learning. ‘Everyone also knows social media, online media platforms, and technologies is also a necessary job skill in the future.’ (Larson, L. C., & Miller, T. N. 2011) Undeniably, this is an opportunity for students to have more chances to develop their creativity. And care about how to effectively facilitate and encourage students to use digital tools to increase their creativity. 

However, many people get lost in the sea of the Internet and wallow by the wave of information. People have no difficulty sharing their knowledge straightforwardly. Only a few people can systematically transform their knowledge into actual and meaningful content for readers. In this process, it is hard to establish the subject matter and content concretely. And people will choose to give up because of continuous frustration. A content provider must be more precise in positioning content. Since a high degree of freedom is provided by digital and social media. But the requirements for content quality may be higher than traditional, from a perspective. Therefore, ‘creative thinking or problem-solving methods become skills and knowledge for supporting and using digital and media technologies.’ (Larson, L. C., & Miller, T. N. 2011) Otherwise, these digital technologies and platforms will not only fail to encourage creativity but will become a stumbling block for students to create.

Mandala Thinking method

In the past, we have tried different methods to try to systematically establish a complete subject analysis and content catalog for the information we want to distribute. Face the Internet. A tool that can help us and our students to establish a relatively large number of subjects systematically is needed. And we find Mandala Method helps a lot. Mandala comes from Buddhist ideas and is mainly used as a mindfulness point to know me anyway. It was introduced to the United States by a Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, and gradually developed into a psychological treatment program. (Marshall, Margaret Cole, MS, A.P.R.N., B.C. 2003)

We are not focusing on mindfulness; we only use it as a tool and method to assist thinking. The mandala chart has nine spaces, first put the goal or main theme into the middle space. Then from the main theme, develop eight independent topics and put them into the eight grids surrounding the middle grid. These eight topics need to be related to the main theme, but the eight of them are not related to others. The next step, 

Then turn these eight grids into eight mandala charts, put the eight topics into the center of each nine-square grid, and then repeat the topic as the center to think about eight related content or themes related to this topic. As long as you repeat two words, this thinking method and tool can systematically assist the author in clearly list almost 64 different topics, at the same time, these more than 60 topics will be related to your main subject matter directly. We use this method to help our students eliminate unnecessary information and clarify the content and information they want to express and share. Improved their confidence in the production of content. Also reduced the time spent on choosing the right topics and content.

Aidungeon: A.I. assist and encourage text creation

Consider whether there are some digital tools, especially AI-type tools, that provide advice to the author. And I find Aidungeon. It is a game, but the use of artificial intelligence technology. Gradually try to understand the author’s ideas and the development of expectations through reading the text entered by the player, and then assist the player to complete the science fiction or adventure game script.

If this kind of artificial intelligence system can assist other types of content production. Coupled with Mandala creative thinking methods, I believe it can effectively assist and encourage students to be more active and confident in creation.

Reference:

Larson, L. C., & Miller, T. N. (2011). 21st CENTURY SKILLS: Prepare students for THE FUTURE. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 47(3), 121-123. 

Marshall, Margaret Cole, MS, A.P.R.N., B.C. (2003). Creative learning: The mandala as teaching exercise: [1]. Journal of Nursing Education, 42(11), 517-519. 

Aidungeon https://play.aidungeon.io/main/landing

Mandala thinking method http://www.activegarage.com/flexible-focus-72-authors-mandala-chart-write-publish-book

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