Creativity and Innovation: Creativity Cases

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Housekeeping

20% Project Expectations and Rubric

We generated a rubric to evaluate the 20% project in the areas of blog posting, product, and presentation. Please click here to access the rubric.

Creative Spring Break

What creative things did you do during spring break? Any innovative and original inventions you created? Any adventures that took you to try creative things?

HOW DO RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT 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 (1:40-3:50, 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. I highly recommend you listen to his talk. If you only have a few minutes, be sure to watch 3:20 -16:30.

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

Torrance Center at UGA

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.

HOW CAN SCHOOL ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION?

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.  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. 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 were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt  a couple of years ago.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition, and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.   They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.

Creativity Cases

OUTSIDE OF CLASS

Access cases here

You’ll be developing a better understanding of the ways that technology tools can support creativity for learning. You will be working on two cases that asks you to be creative as a teacher.  If you would like to explore something on your own, you will have the option. You’ll have a chance to learn about podcasting, mobile treasure hunts, flipped classrooms, SMART Board and more. These are independent projects and each option has a written documentation piece to go along with it.

Each of the 2 cases you choose must be accompanied by written documentation (3-4 paragraphs, 200 words) that relates your project to the assigned readings (maker spaces, creativity definitions, Grow Creativity article.)  Review each case description for details of what should be included.

Make Creativity Cases page on your portfolio. Add a description of each case you are doing and add a link to your product along with written documentation.

Creativity Cases are due March 31, 2014 by 11:59 pm EDT.

 

MakerSpace

We’re going to learn about it by turning our classroom into a MakerSpace for the next several classess.  Let’s learn a bit more about Maker Spaces:

The idea of Maker Spaces aligns nicely with the NETS for Creativity and Innovation:

NESTS: Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Discussion

So you read the “Creative Education” chapter on the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43). As an individual, you came up with a question that you want to discuss in class on this wall. 

Now as a group, we will do an activity.

1. Pick a question on the wall that you want to discuss with your group members.

2 . Discuss.

3. There is one more thing you will do.  I will let you know in class.

For Thursday:

1.Read Shively, C.H., (2011). Grow Creativity. Learning & Leading with Technology. 38 (7), pp. 10-15.  You can access the reading here. The article is in the May 2011 issue.

2. Read more about MakerSpaces. Click here to view the MakerSpace Playbook (pdf) Read Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 11 (they are really short, I promise).

3. We will have a guest speaker who will introduce us to a topic of how to measure creativity.

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