"Mountain Heritage High School administration and faculty’s vision is to graduate globally prepared students through vigorous curricula presented by 21st Century professionals. Students and teachers will use Internet-connected learning devices that bring a myriad of digital resources regardless of grade level, learning style, ability level, or area of study. Curricula will be presented in 21st Century classrooms powered by a robust infrastructure, connecting students to global learning communities beyond the boundary of the physical classroom. MHHS students will graduate from an innovated learning environment supported by 21st century resources and tools and will be workforce primed with a relevant skill-set to make them successful in the local economy."

Integrating creativity-focused projects can fill the gap between student achievement and provide natural differentiation to fit the diverse skills, talents, and interests of your students through the use of technology, as well as provide them with the 21st century skills they will need to succeed in the global marketplace. In this session, you will reflect about your perceptions of "creativity," and how you may integrate this "4C" into your classroom through the use of technology.

Learning Outcomes

MHHS staff will be able to:
  • Reflect and discuss the integration of creativity into technology-enabled learning activities.

I. Fostering Creativity | (15 minutes)

The video below is a selection from the TED presentation by the creativity pioneer Ken Robinson.

To view the whole TEDTalk Presentation by Sir Ken Robinson: Click Here

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Passionate educators support and encourage students to try without fear of judgement or failure. When assigned a "creative" project, students can be hesitant or only looking to fulfill the specific requirements, such as "10 slides" or "one illustration." Truly open projects foster creativity and are not focused on such details.
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Inspired educators help students discover their own creative strengths. Helping each student identify theirs will build up their self-confidence, and in turn, their willingness to try, learn, fail, and adjust without becoming overwhelmed.
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Innovative educators develop the skills of independent creative work. Students need the flexibility to think with direction and self-confidence, independent of others or restrictions, and with the understanding that a dead end is just a place to turn around and try again.

II. Think-Pair-Share | 15 minutes

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What does creativity in learning mean to you? What does it look like for you or your students?

How can technology be used to promote student creativity? Briefly envision and share a possible instructional activity.

References | Additional Resources

Spires, H., Wiebe, E., Young, C. A., Hollebrands, K. & Lee, J. (2009). Toward a New Learning Ecology: Teaching and Learning in 1:1 Environments. Friday Institute White Paper Series. NC State University: Raleigh, NC.

Kharbach, Med. "Teacher's Guide to Creativity ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning." Weblog post. Teacher's Guide to Creativity ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2013. <http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/05/teachers-guide-to-creativity.html>.

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