Creativity and innovation in the Classroom

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Slides from my Extended Learning session at Learning 2.012, Beijing.

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    Thanks for the session at Learning 2.012 and for making this available to download. I plan to develop a similar doc to inspire the faculty at my school - great fun and so many avenues for so much from here.
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  • THank you for sharing!! Some great links to follow up on :) Angie
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Creativity and innovation in the Classroom

  1. 1. Do schoolskill creativity?
  2. 2. Ask a class of first graders “Are you creative?” Ask a class of tenth graders “Are you creative?” What have we done to these children?Image: ijchttp://www.flickr.com/photos/23474554@N00/3561179958
  3. 3. !
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwp/148695815/ Quantity? Quality?
  5. 5. Creativity is... In small groups, finish this sentence. Write down as many variations as you wish. We will share them with the group later.
  6. 6. We have never neededcreativity as much as we do right now Image: My Brain on MRI http://www.flickr.com/photos/48600090482@N01/22584430
  7. 7. We need to producepeople who knowhow to act when they’re faced withsituations for which they were not specifically prepared. Seymour Papert
  8. 8. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas
  9. 9. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/92981392@N00/12944421/
  10. 10. Evan Kidd - PsychologistRecorded at TEDx Sydney 2012Watch the whole talk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzCfUvWD0Q4
  11. 11. 20%
  12. 12. 50%20% Time in school - Kevin Brookhouserhttp://www.iteachithink.com/2012/07/give-your-students-20-time-to-do.htmlhttp://www.iteachithink.com/2012/08/a-letter-to-my-students-and-parents.htmlhttp://www.iteachithink.com/2012/08/20-project-bad-idea-factory.html
  13. 13. Maker FaireBay Area, CA
  14. 14. Caine’s Arcadehttp://cainesarcade.com/http://www.imagination.is/
  15. 15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/2830516037/ Create a fashionable outfit using only newspaper. Do a fashion photo shoot Document it with photos and video Produce a “Creativity is...” slide
  16. 16. “It’s not an ‘either/or,’it’s an ‘and.’ You can be serious and play.” Tim Brown, founder of IDEO http://www.flickr.com/photos/lst1984/2283409535/
  17. 17. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/80901381@N04/7530054972
  18. 18. Based on an idea from Mike Anderson, NZ.
  19. 19. No piece of paper canbe folded in half more than 7 times. How could you find out?
  20. 20. The average person’s lefthand does 93% of the typing. How could you find out?
  21. 21. The short term memorycapacity for most peopleis between 5 and 9 digits.  How could you find out?
  22. 22. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/12836528@N00/2394279602/
  23. 23. A tap drips at a rate of 10 dropsper minute into a large cylindricalcontainer. Each drop contains 5 mlof water.The cylindrical container is 1.5mtall and 1.1m in diameter, with awall thickness of 50mm. 1.1mHow long would it takefor the water to fill thecontainer? 1.5m Problem idea by Dan Meyer, Image by Chris Betcher
  24. 24. Find an interesting photo (try Flickr’s Last 7 Days Interestingness) Come up with a question, task or problem that uses this image as a prompt for an activity Combine the image and the prompt on a Keynote or PowerPoint slide Send your single slide to xxxxxx (Keynote or PowerPoint)• Writing prompts for creative writing - http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/• More writing prompts - http://photoprompts.tumblr.com/• And even more - http://visualwritingprompts.wordpress.com/
  25. 25. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/14838182@N00/6518707833/
  26. 26. How Schools see thingsHow Life sees things
  27. 27. Verbs Nouns Write Blogs Communicate Wikis Persuade Keynote Calculate Voicethread ...using... Present iMovie Design Comic Life Inform Photoshop Create Sketchup etc...Teacher’s job Student’s job
  28. 28. Do Nothing
  29. 29. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoicesCombining Ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/detune/215354076/
  30. 30. “Creativity is just connecting things.When you ask a creative person howthey did something, they may feel a littleguilty because they didn’t really do it, theyjust saw something. It seemed obvious tothem after a while.That’s because they were able to connectexperiences they’ve had and synthesizenew things.”Steve Jobs
  31. 31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/heartlover1717/7239093684/Substitute - components, materials, peopleCombine - mix, combine with other assemblies orservices, integrateAdapt - alter, change function, use part of anotherelementModify - increase or reduce in scale, changeshape, modify attributes (e.g. colour)Put to another useEliminate - remove elements, simplify, reduce tocore functionalityReverse - turn inside out or upside down http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCT_02.htm
  32. 32. borrowing is not stealing
  33. 33. Everything is a Remixhttp://www.everythingisaremix.info/
  34. 34. “Overprotecting intellectual property is as asharmful as underprotecting it. Creativity isimpossible without a rich public domain.Overprotection stifles the very creative forcesit is supposed to nurture...... Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamedfire, is genuinely new: Culture, like science andtechnology, grows by accretion, each newcreator building on the works of those whocame before” Judge Alex Kozinski US Court of Appeals
  35. 35. all rights some rights publicreserved reserved domain
  36. 36. www.creativecommons.org
  37. 37. Images•Flickr (CC Search)•FlickrCC•The Commons•The Open Photo Project•Wikimedia Commons•Google (CC Search)•OpenClipArt•PhotoEverywhere•CompFight•PhotoPin
  38. 38. Audio•CC Mixter•Jamendo•SpinXpress•Wikimedia Commons•MusOpen•OpSound•OLPC Sound Archive•SoundClick•The FreeSound Project
  39. 39. Text Information•Wikipedia•Wikipedia for Schools•Project Gutenburg•Wikibooks•Wikijunior•Free-Reading•OER Commons•Curriki•Freebase
  40. 40. The Value of Play Curiosity Idea StartersOffering ChoiceCombining Ideas
  41. 41. How do we get creativity from our students? Give then something interesting to work on Give them the time, tools and skills they need Get out of their way!Image: newthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/24471966@N04/3102653703
  42. 42. The less restrictions you place on a task, the more creative the response The more restrictions you place on a task, the less creative the responseImage: Vintage block print illustrationhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/10278395@N08/2310455009
  43. 43. Make it “hard fun”Be ambitious for them Image: Bravo http://www.flickr.com/photos/92953327@N00/234931709

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