Creativity and You



Let’s finish watching our last tool commercial before we announce the Oscar winners.

Oscar Winners:

  • Most Impressive: Prezi
  • Most informative: Evernote
  • Most Educational: Quiz Up
  • Most Original: Scoot & Doodle
  • Most Creative: Prezi and Scoot & Doodle
  • Most Professional: Google Doc and Pinterest
  • Most Humorous: GIF
  • BEST OVERALL: Prezi and Scoot & Doodle


Here is what we had from Tuesday’s class.  If you want to see what others are doing, feel free to come back and read this board.

As for the documentation for 20% Design Project, we will hit a pause for now.  We will start to blog the documentation after spring break.  However, here are some more questions for you to think about your 20% Design Project.

  • who might benefit from what you will learn during your 20% project? how might you write your documentation so that it will be of maximum benefit for that audience?
  • how are you using social media to find resources to think about/write about? do you need to create complementary tools in Pinterest, Twitter, etc? to support your 20% work? are you interacting with others via social media on topics related to your project? are you commenting on related blogs and asking for comments/feedback on yours?
  • have you talked with any experts? or anyone from your potential audience? what do they have to say about your project? what direction do they suggest you go in?
  • is your topic limited or too broad? how can you modify it so that you have a project that is sustainable until the mid April and present the final product at the end of April? Can you divide your topic into smaller questions and address one each week?
  • If you are education major, how will this project help you work with your student in the future?  If you are not education major, how is this project related with your major/ interest/ need?
  • how does your project relate with what we are talking about in class?

After spring break, I hope you will have the blueprint of your 20% Design Project and then start to work on the development of the final product.



We all read the “Creative Education” chapter in the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education Report (pages 28-43).  But each of you only read one section in that chapter.  Now it’s time to put all the jigsaw puzzles together.  How are we going to do it?  We are going to do it creatively.  Get into groups with the people who read the same section.

  • Introduction and Definition of Creativity
  • Four Features of Creativity
  • The Process of Creativity
  • Creativity and Intelligence
  • Developing Creativity

According to Howard Gardner, each individual has multiple intelligences (he said it’s 7).  We are going to activate your intelligences…for this activity, we are going to focus on 4 intelligences he talked about.

  • Linguistic Intelligence
  • Mathematical Intelligence
  • Musical Intelligence
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Each team need to choose two Intelligences to create something to teach other peers about what you read.  For example, if I have linguistic intelligence and musical intelligence to talk about the four feature of creativity, I might draw a concept map about these four features and then I will use the following parody song to support the four features in the class of consumer behavior– they use their imagination, the lyrics of the parody is original, it can be a eBay commercial or a good discussion video for peers to talk about consumer behavior, and then we can judge the value of using it for the discussion about consumer behaviors.

Now, it’s time for you to be creative!  There are so many ways to talk about the readings.  Just use your creativity to summarize the reading.  You will have about 15 minutes to work on this.  Then each group needs to present the big ideas from the reading with the things you created/found/ designed.

Possible activities:

  • concept maps–  SpicynodesDabbleboardWebspiration…or simply draw one
  • role play— act out the examples in the reading
  • math formula– some of the ideas in the reading can be expressed as a math formula
  • diagrams/ graphics
  • a movie/ song/ commercial that can be a great example of the main ideas in the reading


You have learned the basic about creativity.  Now let’s look at creativity in other areas.  First, let’s take a look at the creativity map.  What can you tell from this map?  Then how about this one?


Are you creative?  Are there any creative people in your life?  Do you think they share some common traits?

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.


Before we talk about creativity in today’s education, let’s learn from the researchers.  Dr. Bonnie Cramond at UGA is one of the leading professors and researchers in this field.  If you are interested in this field, you can check the Torrance Center at UGA.  Torrance Center help people to know whether they are creative or not and provide resources to teachers and parents to help creative children they have.

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.

Four years later, he was invited to give another TED talk about creativity.  He has some great ideas that is very helpful for educators.  Now let’s listen to his talk.

Do you agree with him?  What impresses you the most?


Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?  There is a school in Hall County, GA is doing something special in their school.  The school is called DaVinci Academy.  This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students.  They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.  The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards.  They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.


A reminder of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) that address creativity and innovation:

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


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.





  • Your 5th Reflection is due on March. 18

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