Creativity and Innovation Projects



Do you think you are creative?  Let’s find out!


Creativity does not mean you are always creating something new!  It is hard to move from 0 to 1…but it will be easier to move from 1 to 2…Just to think more diversely! So when we learn how to be creative, we start with baby steps and with something easy to imitate but with different ideas or strategies.  The two projects we are going to do are aimed to help you activate your creativity!  Let’s review the standard fro creativity again.


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.


The key point is the RE-DESIGN.  You don’t like something and then you re-design it to make you happy and make it more meaningful!  So we will try to re-design a project, an assignment, or a presentation with the help of technology.  You need to post this in your blog.  Each post should have:

  • the old assignment (the original description of the assignment/ the original presentation file or link)
  • a description about the part that you don’t like in the old version
  • your NEW design– You need to have the new description of the assignment and make a sample/ a new presentation)
  • Rationale for your design–why is it better?
  • Post it before April 8

For example, I don’t like the way I learned about Romeo and Juliet as a kid…Just reading books is not interesting to me.  So I made a web site for teachers who want to teach their children about Romeo and Juliet in the digital era.  Here is the website.


What is Slowmation?  It is a term created by a professor at University of Wollongong.  You can find more information about Slowmation on their website.  Basically, it is a slow animation like this music video.

Josh Ritter- Love Is Making Its Way Back Home (over 12,000 pieces of construction paper)

Or it can be like this— 2011 NPUST HR Farewell Video : 3 Idiots  (2,212 pictures)

So it is actually like you are telling a story.  But you use this story to teach others about a concept, an idea, or a fact.  Try to think how you learned about every thing when you were a kid.  Sesame street, School House Rock…all these are similar to Slowmation.  You just need to decide what you want to teach and what will your story be like.  Let’s take a look at several examples from the previous students.

The Water Cycle

A Tale of Two Mouths


Ocean Food Chain

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You have seen a lot of examples.  But I think you might still have some questions…so here are the Q&A section.


  • How many people can be in a group?
    Since this project requires your creativity, effort and time, get into a group no more than 3.
  • How long should this slowmation be?
    the length of the video is the most important thing.  The most important thing is to make sure that you clearly convey the idea, the concept…and your audience can learn from this video.
  • Can we use smartphone to take pictures?
    Yes, you can.  But the quality will be really really bad.  Strongly recommend that you use a digital camera, just the basic one will do a better job than smartphone.
  • How many pictures do we need?
    You may need only 100 pictures, or maybe 200.  One group set up the record for about 1400 pictures last semester.  TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED!  The more images you have, the more smooth the film will be! It will be better to have more pictures…if you run short of images, you need to spend extra time to do it again.
  • Do I really need a tripod?
    Most groups regret that they didn’t use the tripod after they completed the project.  They got a lot of blurred images.  Some of them even needed to retake the footage.
  • Do I really need background music?
    No, you don’t.  It’s totally up to you.

Now it’s time for you to work on this project.  What you need to do now are:

  1. Find good partners– creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with…No more than three.
  2. Choose a good topic– what can be a good topic?  According to our experiences, better topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc., but it is not required.
  3. Submit your topic and team members’ names HERE.
  4. Check the Rubric.
  5. Think about your story– This is the stage when you need storyboard.  This website, kdmc, can give you some rough ideas about storyboarding.  Or the digital storytelling website hosted by University of Houston can also give you some ideas.  Write the story board!

Here are some printable storyboard templates.  Or you can try this one.  Even Google Doc has some storyboard templates that you can share with your teammates.

  1. Think about the materials–  what kind of materials you need to make this stop animation
  2. Make the props and then take the pictures!
  3. Edit the video.  You will do better this time.
  4. Add title, subtitle, background music, voice over…
  5. Complete the reflection on this project on your blog.
    • The link to your video
    • Introduction to your video– topic, grade level, etc.
    • How will this video help them understand the concept?
    • What are the difficulties that you have encountered in this project?
    • How can we improve this project?
    • How do you see this kind of student creativity project play a role in 21st century learning? How does this project help you develop creativity and communication with others?

FOR TUESDAY (March 25):



  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one


  • Work on your documentation for 20% Design Project (Due Tomorrow March, 21)
  • Prepare materials for Slowmation project

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