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Creativity is the Killer App 2.0             #ISTE12             6.25.12        Chris Fitzgerald Walsh           New Tech ...
What is creativity?
#creativity-defined                       Partnership for 21st Century SchoolsThink Creatively• Use a wide range of idea c...
#types•   Expressive•   Designing/Inventing•   Problem Solving•   ?
Creativity matters
#value•   Human/social progress•   Economic engine•   Expression of values and emotion•   Personal growth
#value•   Human/social progress•   Economic engine•   Expression of values and emotion (fun!)•   Personal growth
iPad Value Chain
#value•   Human/social progress•   Economic engine•   Expression of values and emotion (fun!)•   Personal growth
#value•   Human/social progress•   Economic engine•   Expression of values and emotion (fun!)•   Personal growth
“Creativity does not have to be aboutdeveloping something new to the world, itis more to do with developing somethingnew t...
Common myths about creativity
#myths• Creative ideas come during random,  A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creati...
#myths• Creative ideas come during random,  A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creati...
Task: Draw a butterfly
Austin’s Butterfly 1
Austin’s Butterfly 2
Austin’s Butterfly 3
Austin’s Butterfly 4
Austin’s Butterfly 5
Austin’s Butterfly - Final
Austin’s Butterfly Student’s Get It
#myths• Creative ideas come during random,  A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creati...
Which of these works of art ismore creative?
“Node” by Steelcase
“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...
#myths• Creative ideas come during random,  A-HA moments• Creativity happens solo• Creativity is what “artists” do• Creati...
What does a creative person look like?
Killer App Productions
Conditions for creativity
#conditions•   Playfulness•   Time•   Exploration•   Failure•   Variety
“What are you doing to fuel my kid’sdreams?”Seth GodinStop Stealing Dreams
#conditions•   Playfulness•   Time•   Exploration•   Failure•   Variety
“Time pressure stifles creativity becausepeople cant deeply engage with theproblem. Creativity requires anincubation perio...
#conditions•   Playfulness•   Time•   Exploration•   Failure•   Variety
Exploration              Go for quantity
#conditions•   Playfulness•   Time•   Exploration•   Failure•   Variety
#conditions•   Playfulness•   Time•   Exploration•   Failure•   Variety
#more conditions• Freedom/autonomy/choice• Real, challenging problems to solve• “Thinking with you hands”• Clear understan...
#attitude•   Personal passion provides the spark•   Give yourself permission to be creative•   Happiness matters A LOT•   ...
“I’m Reagoning”
#attitude•   Personal passion provides the spark•   Give yourself permission to be creative•   Happiness matters A LOT•   ...
#attitude•   Personal passion provides the spark•   Give yourself permission to be creative•   Happiness matters A LOT•   ...
#attitude•   Personal passion provides the spark•   Give yourself permission to be creative•   Happiness matters A LOT•   ...
Jerry Seinfeld’s Chain CalendarCreate better jokes by writing everyday and mark an X on thecalendar every day you do it."A...
Creativity tools
#tools•   Explore: web, outdoors, music•   Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits•   Divergent thinking: storytell...
#tools•   Explore: web, outdoors, music•   Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits•   Divergent thinking: storytell...
Nueva iLab
#tools•   Explore: web, outdoors, music•   Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits•   Divergent thinking: storytell...
#tools•   Explore: web, outdoors, music•   Cross pollination: communities, guests, visits•   Divergent thinking: storytell...
Can you teach creativity?
#teachingTeachers: modeling openness, encourage failureOpen Language: “could” “might” “possible”  “how else” “tell us more...
SF Brightworks
Killer App Productions  #CreativeLearning
What would it take to makethese experiences the NORM?
YOU are the Killer App
What will you create TODAY?
Creativity is the Killer App 2.0             #ISTE12             6.24.12        Chris Fitzgerald Walsh           New Tech ...
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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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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
  60. 60. Complete a Session Evaluation!

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