Rochelle Jensen and Ivan Lomax - School Support Services, Uni of Waikato.
For workshop material visit: https://creativethinkingulearn.wikispaces.com/ULearn+2007
Overview What is Creativity? Creativity in Action Educators and Creativity The Importance of Creative Thinking Creativity in the Classroom *pedagogy *environment *thinking tools *software *learning experiences
Increased understanding of the importance of creativity in today’s society
Practical tools and strategies for use in the classroom
Where this workshop fits? Bernie Trilling - "Toward learning societies and the global challenges for learning with ICT“ Australian Education Computing Journal Vol 22 No 1
What is creativity?
Being purposeful as well as imaginative.
Often comes from the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things
Technology – an enabler of creativity
The link between creativity and innovation
Being purposeful as well as imaginative
The interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things
Technology – an enabler of creativity
Creativity can lead to innovation
creativity in action
big picture What do educators need to do to generate this kind of thinking?
Look beyond education – Immerse ourselves in ideas, visions and plans.
Collaborate with a wide range of people and industries. Seek / Generate Intersections.
What possibilities lie beyond the boundaries?
Keep up with technological developments. - Rid cinderella mentality – don’t wait for hand-me-downs.
What is available? How can it be applied to the education sector?
As Douglas Adams once observed : “ the best way to predict the future is to build it”. We need to know the building blocks available to us as educators in the near future in order to know how we might use them and develop them for education. Futurelab -2020 and Beyond
creativity Why is it important? You can't solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level. Albert Einstein
today's classrooms What can educators do to nurture creative thinking? Creativity can be strengthened through use. ‘ Muscle’ behind it that tends to improve with use . Source: Adapted with permission from Planning for Productive Thinking and Learning (p. 27), by D.J. Treffinger & J.F. Feldhausen, 1998, Saratosa, FL: Center for Creative Learning. Thinking Tools/ Software Micro: Challenges/ Tasks Mega: Collaborative Projects/ Independent Research Pedagogy
Knowledge – Concepts
Higher Order Thinking
Trevor Bond's understanding performances
form or alter an opinion
govern an action
make a decision
form a hypothesis
meet a need
predict an outcome
suggest a solution
analyse a situation
debate an issue
create a strategy
improve a product or process
solve a problem
prepare a demonstration
Questioning and challenging.
Exploring and accepting a range of ideas and solutions
Providing instruction in methods and tools and the learning experiences to practice and apply .
Reinterpreting and apply their learning in a new context.
Build learners' sense of themselves as active knowledge-builders, having a unique niche, role, point of
Envisaging what might be – What if? Visualise? Alternatives?
Exploring with a range of tools. Collaborating, communicating with a range of sources.
Communicating ideas in novel, unexpected ways. Experimenting with different multi-media tools
to make meaning.
Reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes
Focus on metacognition
Focus on process - how meaning was made.
Relationships, connections and interactions
What tools/strategies are you aware of that aim to generate creative thinking ?
Popular tools/ strategies
thinking tools “ The creative thinking process can be accidental or deliberate. In saying that , most experts believe that everyone can be more creative than they are at present when specific approaches to creative production are employed”. Pohl - 2000
What software are you aware of that can promote creative thinking ? How do you use it? software
the learning experience task, challenges, projects ... To be powerful in our contemporary world , instruction that seeks to nurture creativity, critical thinking, or problem solving must extend beyond simple activities , exercises or packaged problems. We must learn, apply and teach sophisticated approaches in which we tailor our methods and tools to the tasks we are addressing , including real life challenges ; to the people with whom we are working, and to the situations in which our work takes place. Mary Murdoch. micro mega