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Unit 2: Teaching Creativity and Innovation

Unit 2: Teaching Creativity and Innovation

Author: Thieme Bittick

In this first lesson, Dr. Larry Loomis-Price explains what creativity and innovation mean and discusses whether they are skills that can be taught.

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Teaching Creativity & Innovation

Dr. Larry Loomis-Price discusses creativity and innovation. Links to the recommended sites Dr. Loomis discusses are included below.


Links in Dr. Loomis' video

Concept to Know

1. Remote Associates Test - Tasks that can test for creativity; click the icon to learn more. 

2. University of Kent - University of Kent, Careers and employability service (n.d). Discusses the top ten skills employers want. Click the icon to learn more. 

3. ISTE Standards - International Society for Technology in Education; click the icon to learn more. 

4.  Why do we need creativity? -  Le, R. (2014, Mar 13). Childcreativity. [Video]. Beautifully animated discussion of why creativity is important and not just for practitioners of the fine arts. See video below.

5. What is creativity? - Spencer, J. (2016, March 6). We need a bigger definition of creativity. [Video]. Discussion of creativity that includes creative talents of all sorts, beyond artists, musicians, etc. See video below.

6. Can creativity be taught? - Robinson, K. (2014, August 30). Sir Ken Robinson - can creativity be taught? [Video]. The Brainwaves Video Anthology. A clear statement from a highly respected educator that creativity can, and must, be taught to students. See video below.

Why Do We Need Creativity?

Dr. Loomis-Price refers to three videos by thought leaders who discuss the importance of teaching creativity and innovation to our students in order for them to become global learners. In this first video, by Ryan Le, you'll learn why creativity is not just for practitioners of the fine arts. From the YouTube description:
Published on Mar 13, 2014
"Designed by the very talented Ryan Le, this short video talks about why creativity is important. Creativity is not just for artists, poets, musicians, and other similar and wonderful talents. The current thinking that we should all be aware of is that creativity is needed for everyone for everyday function, including problem-solving, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and innovation."


We Need a Bigger Definition of Creativity

In this discussion of creativity by John Spencer, you'll learn that creativity may not be what you think it is--and why we need to redefine it.

Source: Spencer, J. (2016, March 6). We need a bigger definition of creativity. [Video].

Sir Ken Robinson - Can Creativity Be Taught?

In this final video mentioned in Dr. Loomis-Price's introduction, the renowned Sir Ken Robinson brings home the idea of whether creativity can--and should--be taught.

From the YouTube description:
Published on Aug 30, 2014
“If there was a moment when our crisis in education hit critical mass it may well have been the date Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk went up on YouTube. In just 19 minutes his wry but eviscerating presentation gave voice to what so many of us are living through: our schools are failing to recognize creativity; we’re failing to prepare the next generation for the challenges that lie ahead.” - VANITY FAIR

Source: Robinson, K. (2014, August 30). Sir Ken Robinson - can creativity be taught? [Video]. The Brainwaves Video Anthology.

Go to Unit 3

After taking the quiz, scroll to the top of the page and click on Unit 3: What's in It for Me?