Creativity

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Learning Without Frontiers is a global platform for disruptive thinkers, innovators and practitioners to share knowledge, ideas and experiences about new learning. It provides videos and talks from international speakers about creativity and innovation in education.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is devoted to ideas worth spreading. Visit this site for brilliant ideas and presentations from world class innovators and thinkers.

These could be useful as small inspirational slots in CPD or even parents evenings as well as with older students – its easy  to show videos these days. To further enrich any presentations about creativity click here for a list of about 50 famous quotes about the value of creativity. eg  “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right”. Henry Ford

Definitions

It is possible to waste far too much time trying to define and redefine creativity. In 1998 Sir Ken Robinson published a major report on creativity, culture and education for the DfEE entitled ‘All Our Futures‘. Click here for a copy of this seminal report. It has informed all the subsequent work in this field and, for the moment, can be considered to be definitive. It suggests that creativity will always involve thinking or behaving imaginatively. This imaginative activity is always purposeful: that is, it is directed to achieving an objective. Third, these processes must generate something that is original. Fourth, the outcome must be of value in relation to the objective.

Creativity, therefore, comprises the four key elements of imagination and originality mediated by purpose and judgement.

The following animation presents some of Ken Robinson’s ideas and is worth watching. Also click here for Ken Robinson’s website.

Practical Resources, Ideas and Links

Body Storming and Brain Sketching: Click here for lots of tips and techniques to develop creative and original ideas and convert these into reality (innovation). There are about 200 techniques explored here, originally developed at the Open University. This will revitalise the opening gambits of many projects and will dramatically improve typical brainstorming practices.

Assumption Smashing: Click here for even more tips and techniques to develop creative thinking.  There are techniques for defining a problem, exploring attributes of a problem, generating alternatives, visual explorations, metaphors, analogies, and evaluating and implementing ideas. These can be used to energise all projects which require creative problem solving on the part of students.

Mapping Innovations: Click here for a great variety of web/links that support creativity in education. They have been gathered over many years and are shared using www.delicious.com which can also be found in the column to the right of this.

Logic Boxes: This is a simple technique to push brainstorming further. It breaks down the tendancy to follow predictable word association routes and forces the mind to think sideways. Click here for a one page guideline .

Ofsted and Creativity: In 2010 Ofsted published an evaluative report about creative approaches to teaching and learning in 44 sample schools. Click here for the report.

Evaluating Your Creative Teaching – toolkit: Schools may find this ‘creativity toolkit’ useful for recognising, developing and evaluating their own provision and support for creativity in teaching and learning. The toolkit clearly identifies the different elements of creativity and describes what this would look like if it was ‘satisfactory‘, ‘good‘ or ‘outstanding‘ in learning behaviours, teaching and the school generally. You can use it as a checklist to consider how creative your school and teaching is.

Imaginative Minds/Books: Click here for the website of the publishers Imaginative Minds Ltd. They specialise in books that raise standards of teaching and learning using critical and creative thinking.

Six Thinking Hats: Click here for a link to a brief (8 slide) Powerpoint describing the main characteristics of each Edward De Bono’s thinking hats, first developed in 1985. This is a helpful reminder of the six thinking hats. This is a well known technique for developing childrens’ ability to work together and to think purposefully about solving problems. If preferred click here for a PDF of the slides or see it below on ISSUU.

Thinking Guides: click here for free thinking guides from Exploratree.

Thinking Skills: click here for free downloadable thinking skills toolbox from Cognician. This can help with problem solving.

Oaklahoma Creativity Project: click here for a link to this state wide programme to promote creativity across Oaklahoma – intriguing stuff.

 

 

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