Creativity is the Killer App 2.0

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Free yourself from the “testing culture” and unleash your creative beast! From high-tech to no-tech, practical ways to get students, teachers, and parents to be active designers and tinkerers. (V2 from presentation at ISTE 2012)

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  • Participants need to be setup in a circle to start – Have 30 seconds to make a paper airplane AND write a word/phrase/question about a dream you have They “bomb” me as I stand in the middle of the room – I’m the dream catcher – all your dreams can come true! Quickly read a few messages Play is “freeing” and also projects what we want to be sometimes – like when kids “dress up”. It allows us to DREAM.
  • Print out for all participants…. Design as many things as you can in the circles in 30 seconds Quality doesn’t matter when first exploring… quantity matters
  • “ I’m floating on air”; “Everything’s going my way”; “I’m Reagoning”
  • “ I’m floating on air”; “Everything’s going my way”; “I’m Reagoning”
  • “ I’m floating on air”; “Everything’s going my way”; “I’m Reagoning”
  • “ I’m floating on air”; “Everything’s going my way”; “I’m Reagoning”
  • Wiki racing, kyle’s b-day
  • Wiki racing, kyle’s b-day
  • Wiki racing, kyle’s b-day
  • Wiki racing, kyle’s b-day
  • Wiki racing, kyle’s b-day
  • Methods: La Strada street fair @ Napa New Tech H.S. Envision Culminating Exhibitions Measure: Sure, but let’s not over think it. Creativity Rubrics College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) Measures critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, written communication Proof is in the pudding
  • Wiki racing, kyle’s b-day
  • Creativity is the Killer App 2.0

    1. 1. Creativity is the Killer App 2.0 #ISTE12 6.25.12 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh New Tech Network twitter: @fitzwalsh
    2. 2. What is creativity?
    3. 3. #creativity-defined Partnership for 21st Century SchoolsThink Creatively• Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)• Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)• Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative effortsWork Creatively with Others• Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively• Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work• Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas• View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent
    4. 4. #types• Expressive• Designing/Inventing• Problem Solving• ?
    5. 5. Creativity matters
    6. 6. #value• Human/social progress• Economic engine• Expression of values and emotion• Personal growth
    7. 7. #value• Human/social progress• Economic engine• Expression of values and emotion (fun!)• Personal growth
    8. 8. iPad Value Chain
    9. 9. #value• Human/social progress• Economic engine• Expression of values and emotion (fun!)• Personal growth
    10. 10. #value• Human/social progress• Economic engine• Expression of values and emotion (fun!)• Personal growth
    11. 11. “Creativity does not have to be aboutdeveloping something new to the world, itis more to do with developing somethingnew to ourselves. When we changeourselves, the world changes with us, bothin the way that the world is affected by ourchanged actions and in the changed waythat we experience the world.”Infinite Innovations Ltd
    12. 12. Common myths about creativity
    13. 13. #myths• Creative ideas come during random, A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creativity is innate: some have it, some don’t
    14. 14. #myths• Creative ideas come during random, A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creativity is innate: some have it, some don’t
    15. 15. Task: Draw a butterfly
    16. 16. Austin’s Butterfly 1
    17. 17. Austin’s Butterfly 2
    18. 18. Austin’s Butterfly 3
    19. 19. Austin’s Butterfly 4
    20. 20. Austin’s Butterfly 5
    21. 21. Austin’s Butterfly - Final
    22. 22. Austin’s Butterfly Student’s Get It
    23. 23. #myths• Creative ideas come during random, A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creativity is innate: some have it, some don’t
    24. 24. Which of these works of art ismore creative?
    25. 25. “Node” by Steelcase
    26. 26. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
    27. 27. #myths• Creative ideas come during random, A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creativity is innate: some have it, some don’t
    28. 28. What does a creative person look like?
    29. 29. Killer App Productions
    30. 30. Conditions for creativity
    31. 31. #conditions• Playfulness• Time• Exploration• Failure• Variety
    32. 32. “What are you doing to fuel my kid’sdreams?”Seth GodinStop Stealing Dreams
    33. 33. #conditions• Playfulness• Time• Exploration• Failure• Variety
    34. 34. “Time pressure stifles creativity becausepeople cant deeply engage with theproblem. Creativity requires anincubation period; people need time tosoak in a problem and let the ideasbubble up.”Teresa Amabile, PhDHarvard Business School
    35. 35. #conditions• Playfulness• Time• Exploration• Failure• Variety
    36. 36. Exploration Go for quantity
    37. 37. #conditions• Playfulness• Time• Exploration• Failure• Variety
    38. 38. #conditions• Playfulness• Time• Exploration• Failure• Variety
    39. 39. #more conditions• Freedom/autonomy/choice• Real, challenging problems to solve• “Thinking with you hands”• Clear understanding of constraints and resources: time, money, tools, team• Knowledge/skill/expertise/mastery• Encouragement and recognition
    40. 40. #attitude• Personal passion provides the spark• Give yourself permission to be creative• Happiness matters A LOT• Discipline/commitment
    41. 41. “I’m Reagoning”
    42. 42. #attitude• Personal passion provides the spark• Give yourself permission to be creative• Happiness matters A LOT• Discipline/commitment
    43. 43. #attitude• Personal passion provides the spark• Give yourself permission to be creative• Happiness matters A LOT• Discipline/commitment
    44. 44. #attitude• Personal passion provides the spark• Give yourself permission to be creative• Happiness matters A LOT• Discipline/commitment
    45. 45. Jerry Seinfeld’s Chain CalendarCreate better jokes by writing everyday and mark an X on thecalendar every day you do it."After a few days youll have a chain. Just keep at it and thechain will grow longer every day. Youll like seeing that chain,especially when you get a few weeks under your belt.Your only job next is to not break the chain.“
    46. 46. Creativity tools
    47. 47. #tools• Explore: web, outdoors, music• Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits• Divergent thinking: storytelling, games• Design: visualization, multimedia
    48. 48. #tools• Explore: web, outdoors, music• Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits• Divergent thinking: storytelling, games• Design: visualization, multimedia
    49. 49. Nueva iLab
    50. 50. #tools• Explore: web, outdoors, music• Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits• Divergent thinking: storytelling, games• Design: visualization, multimedia
    51. 51. #tools• Explore: web, outdoors, music• Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits• Divergent thinking: storytelling, games• Design: visualization, multimedia
    52. 52. Can you teach creativity?
    53. 53. #teachingTeachers: modeling openness, encourage failureOpen Language: “could” “might” “possible” “how else” “tell us more”Methods: mashups, mimicry, design thinking, tinkering, exhibitionsExperience: LOTS of different ideas and situationsAssessment: Can it be measured?
    54. 54. SF Brightworks
    55. 55. Killer App Productions #CreativeLearning
    56. 56. What would it take to makethese experiences the NORM?
    57. 57. YOU are the Killer App
    58. 58. What will you create TODAY?
    59. 59. Creativity is the Killer App 2.0 #ISTE12 6.24.12 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh New Tech Network twitter: @fitzwalsh
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