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No Right Brain Left Behind: Injecting creativity into the US educational machine

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How can we re-imagine today's educational system to employ creative thinking and problem solving to further students' cognitive development?

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No Right Brain Left Behind: Injecting creativity into the US educational machine

  1. 1. NO RIGHT BRAINLEFT BEHINDInjecting creativity into the US educational machineA submission by: @JBatistaa - @ericmayille - @jsamps - @DemianRepucci - @sarfoodie
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS1. The Current System 2. Aiming for Change 3. Right Now4. It’s your Tomorrow
  3. 3. 1. THE CURRENT SYSTEMMemorization, standardized testing and stifled creativity
  4. 4. THE CURRENT SYSTEMMemorization, standardized testing and stifled creativity School Today The current system focuses on methods that rely on memorization and standardized test scores
  5. 5. THE CURRENT SYSTEMMemorization, standardized testing and stifled creativity Acceptable not Exceptional In keeping up with trivial testing standards, we’ve diminished creativity in schools
  6. 6. THE CURRENT SYSTEMMemorization, standardized testing and stifled creativity Wait, what? This has directly resulted in producing students that lack creative and critical thinking
  7. 7. 2. AIMING FOR CHANGEIdentifying opportunities for immediate action within the constraints of the moderneduction system
  8. 8. AIMING FOR CHANGETenets to leverage when creating solutions for changeComputingFuel engagement with platforms and products digital natives are familiar withCommunityPartner with local community leaders to identify key issues and leverage localresourcesCollaborationHarness collective involvement by students, teachers and community leaders to buildconsensus and work toward a common goal
  9. 9. COMPUTINGFuel engagement with platforms and products digital natives are familiar with Today’s Technology Take advantage of the dynamic and iterative nature of technology – leverage ubiquitous computing and real-time interactions
  10. 10. COMMUNITYPartner with local community leaders to identify key issues and leverage localresources Think Local Leverage community leaders to identify problems and opportunities within local communities
  11. 11. COLLABORATIONHarness collective involvement by students, teachers and community leaders to buildconsensus and work toward a common goal Mutual Localization Activate students, teachers, educators, and local leaders to value cooperative ventures and shift cultural norms to focus on collectivism
  12. 12. 3. RIGHT NOWCreate a platform that aims to solve community problems that have yet to be answered
  13. 13. RIGHT NOWCreate a platform that aims to solve community problems that have yet to be answeredThe InitiativePresent students with a challenge to solve a local community issueThe PlatformA digital product that facilitates connections amongst students, faculty and localcommunity leadersThe ResultStudents are pushed to think creatively and produce real ideas that can beimplemented immediately
  14. 14. THE INITIATIVEPresent students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep One Example issue: Community leaders “Current after-school activities have low identify key attendance – leaving local issues that many students home need solutions alone for hours before parents return from work.”
  15. 15. THE INITIATIVEPresent students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Two Example brief statement: Faculty reviews “Create an after school issues, selects one program that you challenge and would enjoy taking part creates a brief for in...” students Also... Brief would also include budgets, restrictions, guides, etc.
  16. 16. THE INITIATIVE Present students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Three Faculty break the Students collaborateStudents are briefed students into small in school several on the challenge groups times a week
  17. 17. THE INITIATIVE Present students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Three Faculty break the Students collaborateStudents are briefed students into small in school several on the challenge groups times a week
  18. 18. THE INITIATIVE Present students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Three Faculty break the Students collaborateStudents are briefed students into small in school several on the challenge groups times a week
  19. 19. THE INITIATIVEPresent students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Four Winning plan is Students present Faculty and implemented byplan to faculty and community leaders entire participatingcommunity leaders select a winner student body
  20. 20. THE INITIATIVEPresent students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Four Winning plan is Students present Faculty and implemented byplan to faculty and community leaders entire participatingcommunity leaders select a winner student body
  21. 21. THE INITIATIVEPresent students with a challenge to solve a local community issueStep Four Winning plan is Students present Faculty and implemented byplan to faculty and community leaders entire participatingcommunity leaders select a winner student body
  22. 22. THE PLATFORMA digital product that facilitates connections amongst students, faculty and localcommunity leaders Local issues Web / Mobile Application Faculty review IDEA FOR Brief creation IMPLEMENTATIONBrief distribution Student collaboration Secondary Presence
  23. 23. THE RESULTSStudents are pushed to think creatively and produce real ideas that can beimplemented immediately Text book learning Spark creative thinking
  24. 24. 4. IT’S YOUR THEIR TOMORROWIt’s not about scaling a program, it’s about scaling the people
  25. 25. 4. IT’S YOUR THEIR TOMORROWIt’s not about scaling a program, it’s about scaling the people Shifting the Classroom Paradigm By challenging students to create a solution that doesn’t exist we are encouraging them to think and ideate in ways that textbook learning could never do
  26. 26. 4. IT’S YOUR THEIR TOMORROWIt’s not about scaling a program, it’s about scaling the people Foster Growth Instill an entrepreneurial spirit early to encourage the development of our future’s business, political and educational leaders
  27. 27. 4. IT’S YOUR THEIR TOMORROWIt’s not about scaling a program, it’s about scaling the people Defining the Future The job of tomorrow is the one that you create for yourself
  28. 28. IT’S EVERYTHINGLet’s turn this thing around...

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