Why fostering creativity is so important and how EdTech can help
When we think ofcreativity, most of us will readily associate it toart, from painting to composing music to writing fiction.
But the act of being creative is much more than that: a person can be acreative thinkereven if they never pick up a paintbrush or a musical instrument.
当你为你的产品决定一个朗朗上口的口号时，你是有创造力的;当你为一家小公司推销自己的想法时，你很有创造力;and most of all, you are being creative when you are presented with aproblemand come up with aunique solution.
In a world wherehaving original ideassets humans apart from machines, thinking creatively is more important than ever and educators have a responsibility tofoster, not stifletheir students’ imagination.
Rethinking the system by promoting creativity in school
Some subjects are more suited to creativity than others. While creativity is not exclusive to the arts, it is hard to deny thata mathematical problem will only have a limited set of acceptable answers, while a creative writing assignment can be evaluated objectively on aspects such as grammar and punctuation, but will leave students a greater degree offreedomin choosing its content.
Structure and predictabilityare all well and good, but introducing someunstructuredelements into subjects known for theirrigiditycan be a first step towards fostering creativity. Do not make students feel as though they are beingpunishedfor arriving at the correct solution in an unexpected way; take a positive approach tomistakesand encourage them to see them aslearning opportunitiesrather than something to be feared; teach with the aim ofpersonal enrichment first, completing tests second. These are all tenets you can apply toany subject, artistic or not, that will make your classrooma more creative environment.
Encouragingthinking outside the box, letting studentsget it wrong and try again, and (especially if they are young) engaging them inunstructured playas a learning occasion will not only make them more creative thinkers, but alsoreduce school-related stress and anxietyand help them feel likethey belong in their class.
All of these, however, are tips and tricks that would have been just as valid fifty years ago as they are today; what really matters ishow to foster creativity in a changing worldwheretechnology is a fact of life.
At its core, technology is a way to make lifequicker and easier: from instant communication to carrying a device in your pocket that can take pictures and shoot videos whenever inspiration strikes,computers, tablets and smartphones have blurred the line between amateurs and professionalsin many fields. It is now much simpler and cheaper toproduce quality materialin any medium you choose without feeling too self-conscious about your lack of specialized skills, because wherever your creativity leads you, there will almost certainly be a device or app that makes turning your ideas into reality a moreintuitive and accessibleprocess than ever before. With the Internet as a worldwide platform to make your voice heard,self-publishingyour work is all the rage and no one has to feel like the fruits of their creativity belong at the bottom of a drawer where no one can see them.
Encourage students tocreate their own pieces of media作为一种表达他们对主题理解的方式;foster a healthy and responsible use ofsocial mediato showcase their ideas and learn how to deal with bothpositive and negative feedbackin an emotionally mature manner; if at all possible,promote the creation of amakerspacein your school where students can access adequatesuppliesto make their projects a reality.
Creativity is no longer relegated to being apprenticed to a master and spending years honing a craft: with apps at your fingertips thatmake the act of creation a matter of a few clicks, public platforms whereanyone can sharetheir content, and a wealth of teaching resources that make learningless passive and more interactive, there is no excuse not to let your students be creative:all they need is their ideas, and they surely have plenty of those.