Creativity presentation at BETT 2010

I am ‘doing’ a seminar slot at BETT 2010 on creativity … this is what I said about it some time ago:

Creativity is a commodity that we must develop in all of our young people. Sir Ken Robinson argues that we are educating them into a world in which we have no idea of what skills and techniques they will need to get the best from their lives and become active, healthy participants in developing and supporting the lives of others. Creativity could easily be one of the keys in the lock that opens the door to a world in which people respond to challenges and passions in a way that marks them out as individuals but also as engaged participants in an exciting, developing environment. Jim Rose in his review of primary education in England has commended ICT as the third core subject in this development and has seen it as sitting closely alongside ‘personal development’. Creativity is a fundamental part of personal development. The session will focus on tools and content which support the notion that creativity is in the hands of the user and its power is personal. From traditional ways that work to the ’Cloud’ and on to personal devices, from smart objects to the personal web the session will weave a pathway towards a stance where allowing for the development of creativity is seen as an essential component for the balancing of an education and hence a life.
Remember: There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. – Buckminster Fuller

Today The Guardian Supplement followed up with this :

The obsession over the last decade with narrow, academic targets and tightly-drawn lesson plans has driven out much of the spontaneity and fun of learning, says Dickinson. “We are squandering children’s creativity and we are almost wasting their childhood with this obsession with skill-based, academic education.”

He argues that modern information and communication technology is opening up a new world of creative opportunities for children. Creative play is no longer just about activity sets and brick trolleys. “We have to give children the opportunity to be creative in their world, not ours. They have opportunities to do things that we never had and we shouldn’t minimise the things they do with modern technology just because we did things differently,” he says.

Creativity is such a powerful motivational tool … let’s not waste it … let’s educate for it!

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