This page contains ideas and activities for learning about the 21st Century Skill of creativity in world language education.

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Objectives:
  • Students will define creativity.
  • Students will assess their own creativity.
  • Students will explore characteristics and conditions commonly associated with creativity.
  • Students will identify and examine examples of key elements of the creative process.
  • Students will explore the relationship between creativity and technology.
  • Students will articulate the relationships between cultural values, 21st Century skills, and creativity.


Guiding Questions:


Learning as a Creative Process
  • What do we mean by creativity? (Individually, Professionally, Societally, Culturally)?
  • How is individual creativity commonly assessed and how does that differ from how professional domains assess it?
  • Why is it easier to be creative in some settings than in others? What are some of the conditions that seem to foster creativity?
  • In what ways is creativity supported/constrained by cultural values?
  • What are some of the elements of the creative process (according to research) and how do they align with key principles of SLA?
  • Why is creativity such a fundamental element of learning (especially in the 21st Century)?
  • How does technology support and constrain creativity?
  • How can teachers use key concepts and principles of creativity to design more compelling language learning environments and experiences?



Agenda


ACTIVITY 1: What is creativity?

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ACTIVITY 2: How is individual creativity commonly assessed and how does that differ from how professional domains assess it? Are you creative?

Creativity Test (Associative Flexibility)
School of Art & Design Creativity Test (General Page) (Creative Uses of the Test)
How Far Does Your Creativity Go? (Os)
How Far Does Your Creativity Go? (Xs)
How Creative Are You? (Diamonds)
2-minute Creativity Test (5-question self-assessment - one for individuals and one for organizations)
Art Institute of Vancouver's Right/Left-brain Creativity Test (Reports results in a useful format with excellent explanations)
Creax Creativity Test (Provides a spiderweb results on 8 different metrics)

Self-scoring Creativity Test (Must be ordered online: Originality, Fluency, Flexibility, Elaboration)

ACTIVITY 3: Why is it easier to be creative in some settings than in others? What are some of the conditions that seem to foster creativity?

Flowers are Red (Poem)



What is Creativity?
View more PowerPoint from David E. Goldberg


ACTIVITY 4: What are some of the elements of the creative process (and how do they align with key principles of SLA)?

Example of creativity

Principles of Graphic Design (Ppt)

Visual Cognition & Graphic Design Advertising Activity

TheStudentCreativeLogo.jpg
TheStudentCreativeLogo.jpg


TheCreativeLanguageClass.jpg
TheCreativeLanguageClass.jpg


Homework: Hofstadter, Douglas. Variations on a theme as the crux of creativity.

MLC2006 - Creativity

ACTIVITY 5: What are some of the conditions that support creativity?

The Genius of "One Percenters" is Their Amazing Command of the Obvious

ACTIVITY 6: Why is creativity such a fundamental element of learning?


ACTIVITY 7: How does technology support and constrain creativity?

Creativity & Technology
  • Conceptual Transfer
  • Diffusion of Innovations
  • Distributed Cognition
  • Flow
  • Gamification
  • Motivation
  • Recontextualization
  • Scaffolding
  • Technology Adoption
  • Transformative Learning
  • Transliteracy

ACTIVITY 8: How can teachers use key concepts and principles of creativity to design more compelling language learning environments and experiences?