Learning Innovation Marker Series: Edition 3
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What are the qualities of learners who value and pursue creation?
A creative seeks to observe and analyze his or her context/environment to explore and understand its values in relation to the self. Working from within a context, the creator begins observing and expanding their environment, furthering their abilities, and developing conceptual perspectives through the pursuit of their interests. The creative blends various means of expression and develops new ideas and/or products designed to express unique personal experiences in a relevant way that inspires others’ to engage with the environment and their own interests.
Observes and analyzes the environment in an active way
Develops personal interests that helps define the self
Expands beyond their initial observations and analysis
Connects elements or ideas from similar or dissimilar sources or experiences
Furthers their abilities and skills to express their ideas
Develops transferable concepts and frameworks to remix various environments
Shares well-designed, unique ideas/products with others as an expression of their self
Click here to view the curated Diigo Creativity resource.
--drafted by the HS Tech Liaison Committee
The Big Idea of Creativity
Creativity in a Big Sense
Creative opportunities are all around us. By actively engaging our surroundings, we can discover innumerable creative solutions. The video below quickly explores just some endeavors that can be considered creative.
Creativity in Practice
Creation: The Start and Growth
Where Good Ideas Come From
Thinking Inside the Box
The following video explores the metaphor of one’s box. Creativity is not just breaking outside the box; it is also related to what you do with your personal box. The metaphoric box can be viewed as the elements that make up our environment. We are constantly consuming the things around us. The moment we begin to consciously observe and enjoy the elements that make up our environment is when we become active with it. From here, we can start to critically consume or explore in detail the things that interest us and evaluate why we enjoy them. Creativity starts with our box, spurs us to find new ways to shape it, and motivates us to expand the box beyond our initial observations. (Indicator 3)
The Importance of the Box
Haven’t had your fill of the box metaphor yet? Well don’t fret! Below is another video that examines the need for boxes in order to be creative. Michael Barr jars us into asking questions like:
What is the box that incubates and spurs our creative endeavours?
What is my box for today? What are my limits?
How can the elements in my box help me develop my skills and thoughts?
What are some ways I can reach out of the box to find new different ways of doing things?
- How can I remix the various ideas and material I encounter into something new and different?
Frustration can lead to Creativity
Creativity as Problem Solving
The following video posits that problem solving is a key driver in producing something worthwhile. Soaking in negative capability and expanding abilities in a sense of uncertainty motivates one to find a new solution to an old problem.
Possible Classroom Integration
Professional Development Opportunity
- Floors by Arthur Shlain remixed with Recycle by Vincent Lynch
- Psychology by Sergey Demushkin
- Decomposition by Arthur Shlain (text added)
- Plan by Gregor Črešnar
- Puzzle by Irene Trautluft
- Package Search by Ralf Schmitzer
- Pie Chart by Dirtyworks
- Video Camera by Hysen Drogu
- Project mandate by YuguDesign
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