Creativity and Innovation – Day 1

Do you know this song? Isn’t it creative? What did you do on Monday for your creativity assignment? Did you change something? Explored something in depth? Got a better idea? Created something? Today we will wrap up your shadowing project, and start working on the Creativity and Innovation unit. Creativity sometimes grows out when you change your environments. So….let’s change our tablemates today. We will keep this group for your next project.

PART ONE. Your Shadowing Project

I really enjoyed your Glogs (or Share your links to Glogs here and take a look at a few Glogs. Draw a smiley face next to the one you like.

PART TWO. Creativity and Innovation

Why is creativity important for students? Think about things that we take for granted today: Automobiles, cell phones, laptops, etc. These should not have been invented without CREATIVE THINKING! In the 21st century, it is more critical to develop creativity for successful adaptation to world change and enrichment of our world.Here is the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Creativity and Innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Do you think the school discourages creative thinking? Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert from British, actually delivered a powerful talk in 2006 and indicated that schools kill creativity.  Let’s take a look at part of this video to see why he thinks that the school is killing creativity.

What do you think of this video? Do you agree with him? What impresses you the most?

How can we nurture creativity in schools? Shively’s article introduced the J. P. Guilford’s FFOE model of divergent thinking: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration. When we incorporate these four skills into curriculum, we can foster students’ creativity.

Here are some activities that are designed to build creativity. Let’s test how creative you are!

Flexibility building activity

Fluency building activity

Originality building activity

We will work on two projects for this unit of Creativity and Innovation. The first project is to create a stop animation video. The stop animation video is an excellent project that can be used in your classroom to stimulate students’ creativity. The second project is to create a plan for encouraging creativity and innovation in learning. We will start with the stop animation project this Friday.

For Friday,

Read Shively’s article. And leave your reflection on your postings page. Make sure to included the following:
1) Define Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration skills.
2) Create prompts to encourage each skill in any curriculum area (Read the article. You will get to know what that means.)

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