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Grow and Show an Idea EdTechTeam Canberra Summit


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Workshop given at the EdTechTeam Canberra Australia Summit in April 2018

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Grow and Show an Idea EdTechTeam Canberra Summit

  1. 1. HOW TO and AN IDEA
  3. 3. What’s your great idea? CREATIVE CAMPFIRE jot down 1 of your best teaching ideas on the Google Doc
  4. 4. Luka Va What’s in your head now? Draw or write
  5. 5. Rastrophiliopustrocity spontaneous combustion of creative spark followed by action in order to manifest and bring into existence
  6. 6. Art of Looking
  7. 7. I look at everything. And everything gets ground up fine…certainly I myself never know what the images in my paintings are made up of Francis Bacon
  8. 8. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… Pablo Picasso
  9. 9. Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work Chuck Close
  10. 10. flow If the soil is ready… it takes root… …puts forth branches, leaves, and finally blossoms - Tchaikovsky
  11. 11. The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas James Webb Young, A Technique for Producing Ideas, 1939
  12. 12. 1. GATHER RAW MATERIAL (collect your dots)
  13. 13. to dot connect you must have the dots
  14. 14. CUR iosity ation
  15. 15. stuff your eyes with wonder Ray Bradbury
  16. 16. kaleidoscope (endless combinations)
  17. 17. Wonder Walks
  18. 18. a camera teaches you to SEE without a camera photo safaris
  19. 19. take photos of: - textures - a certain colour - a theme (such as “symmetry” or “decadence” drop photos in Google folder
  20. 20. please transition back
  21. 21. Pareidolia use existing found objects
  22. 22. from yesterday’s participants
  23. 23. 1. crumple paper 2. see what you see! 3. draw to bring it to life
  24. 24. from Modern Art Museum, Sydney
  25. 25. 2. DIGEST puzzle + synthesize
  26. 26. like an octopus- tentacles of the mind
  27. 27. 3. Incubate
  28. 28. CUT UP (great for unblocking!)
  29. 29. oblique strategies by Brian Eno
  30. 30. walks are good too!
  31. 31. 4. AHA!
  32. 32. Keep a notebook by the bed!
  33. 33. 5. Getting Real seek critique! submit to the cold grey dawn of the morning after
  34. 34. hold ideas lightly (kill your darlings)
  36. 36. Idea Generation Refining + Expanding
  37. 37. David Ogilvy the best ideas come as JOKES
  38. 38. Can a kangaroo jump higher than a house? Of course! A house doesn’t jump at all!
  39. 39. Why did he hire a marsupial? Because he was koala-fied! What would it mean to “KOALA-FY” something?
  40. 40. tell a joke or find one What idea can be derived? a new product? a new approach?
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  42. 42. Combinatorial Play Albert Einstein “blind dates” “the essence of intelligence”
  43. 43. Write on card: unit from your curriculum or a concept you teach a “junk food” item (pizza, TimTams, Pav!) Exchange and Discuss What type of Interdisciplinary Lesson can you and your partner design using these elements?
  44. 44. please transition back
  45. 45. Japanese game for Ideation Shiritori think of a word that starts with the last letter IDEAS
  46. 46. Edison’s word list write 5 random words write 1st word that comes to mind after each word use 2nd word as springboard for next round (do 5 rounds)
  47. 47. create a collaborative word bank from an acrostic: “CANBERRA” Rounds: Think like a Kindergartener Think like an Entrepreneur Think Like a Designer Think Like a DJ access spreadsheet at
  48. 48. please transition back
  49. 49. Scamper Technique Bob Eberle Substitute Combine Adapt Modify Put to Another Use Eliminate Reverse
  50. 50. : Disruptus Game Improve / Modify Repurpose Mashup * try with Google Draw icons or photos in a shared folder
  51. 51. please transition back
  52. 52. Cool-ovation?
  53. 53. Cool-ify something mundane Toothbrush? Daily driving route? ATM machine? Hospital room? Preparing a meal? Packaging for cereal?
  54. 54. WHAT ARE 
  56. 56. please transition back
  57. 57. Problem/Tools Mashup write a tool and exchange take a problem mash with a “solution” (could be for raising awareness)
  58. 58. please transition back
  59. 59. refining ideas
  60. 60. stand up designate a scribe on large paper record all the ideas possible number them (shoot for 25) no judgement CHOOSE 1 ISSUE
  61. 61. please transition back
  62. 62. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams
  63. 63. KILLING THE DARLINGS Rounds: Star a Vote Most Feasible / Novel / Whimsical (will delight) Opposites Attract (worst plus best idea mashup)
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  65. 65. ROSE BUD THORN
  67. 67. get visual
  68. 68. How will you FRAME your idea? TYPE COLOUR IMAGERY TAGLINE HASHTAGS
  69. 69. Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space orson scott card LEVERAGE METAPHOR
  70. 70. “The best way to learn a complex idea is to find it living inside something else you already understand… An amateur memorizes. A professional looks for metaphors” seth godin
  71. 71. ornate / ordered star / support dichotomy
  72. 72. analogies game word bank of nouns seek connections (use like and as) visualize horse wind
  73. 73. David Ogilvy big ideas usually come as simple ideas
  74. 74. 1 phrase campaign like “Think Different” or “Got Milk?”
  75. 75. @austinkleon In other words…
  76. 76. Distillustrate
  77. 77. from an Intention workshopper
  78. 78. Internet Censorship
  79. 79. @maivisto
  80. 80. “Ocean Pollution” power of a simple image
  81. 81. @ActivateLearn
  83. 83. my SAMR remix
  84. 84. T itle (catchy) I mage (poignant) Participation opportunity S tories (anecdotes, emotion) BLOG T.I.P.S.
  85. 85. Exquisite Corpse Faux Blog Person 1: Catchy Title Person 2: Powerful Image Person 3: Sticky Quote Person 4: Hashtag Person 5: Call to Action topic ideas: pedagogical strategy / lesson issue you feel strongly about this conference
  86. 86. Speaking Tips Hero’s Journey format (audience is hero)
  89. 89. app business plan Instagram challenge Twitter chat web site contest prototype blog series book YouTube channel foundation/program CREATE A/N…
  90. 90. TAG IT “the soul of the internet”
  91. 91. Create (constant) Convo the cloud is our campfire
  92. 92. Find Super Spreaders (and thank them)
  93. 93. Transmedia Mindset
  94. 94. Gallery Walk
  95. 95. please transition back
  96. 96. Do what you BELIEVE in… do it the BEST you can… and see how it goes in the world
  97. 97.