Creativity and Innovation

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

The talk of Dr. Eddie Watson: What did you think?


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Social Media Identity, Informecials and 20% project: What questions do you have?

  • Social Media Identity: Go back to your social media identity page and see what you set up for your immediate and long terms goals. How are you making the progress?
  • Presentation for your 20% project: What stories can you tell about your 20%? What was the problem that inspired you to dig deeper into your topic? Who are your target audiences? What did you do to learn about the topic and answer your driving question? What is your product? How does your “product” benefit your target audience and what was your rationale to communicate to your target audience through your product? What will your target audiences learn from your product?
  • Please vote by “liking” the videos on Facebook. We will watch a few popular ones during class this Friday.

We’re starting a new topic today – Creativity and Innovation.


Are you creative?  Are there any creative people in your life?  Do you think they share some common traits?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.


Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one of the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.  Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have. We will invite a student of Dr. Cramond to talk about measuring creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from England, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity (1:00-6:30, 8:30-13:20).

Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity.  He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators.  Now let’s listen to his talk. (3:20 or 5:00-16:30)

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?



Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?

There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school.  The school is called DaVinci Academy.  This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students.  They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.  The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards.  They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.

** Try something that you have never tried this week. It might be a new recipe or a new activity. Or it can be a new way to solve a problem that has been bothering you or your friends for a long time. Just be CREATIVE!


1. Read the “Creative Education” chapter on the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43). Prepare one question about the reading. We will pick your questions to discuss in class. Write your question in this wall.


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