In Focus - Creativity in Education
Creativity is not unique to the arts. It is equally important in mathematics, science, technology, in business - indeed in all areas of life and learning. Neither is creativity simply about letting go, after all creative achievement relies on knowledge, control of materials and command of ideas.
Creativity can be developed through education and any activity that engages intelligence. Technology has an enormous potential for enabling creativity by providing tools, materials, resources, processes and access to audiences for all ages and abilities, across the curriculum.
Here we look at how technology can support teachers and learners in the creative process.
Creative environments are likely to support different styles of teaching, learning, means of expression, methods of enquiry and ways of working.
An appropriate use of technology enables a greater range of choices for pupils to learn, interact, respond and produce outcomes of learning tasks. Create animations, videos, podcasts, music and art, whichever best suits their learning style to help them to express themselves creatively.
Technologies can help provide flexibility by providing resources to enrich areas of the curriculum, to make better use of time and to facilitate a range of teaching and learning methods.
Well-planned and appropriate use of technology can help support and enable a more creative and innovative approach to teaching.
Establishing and developing creative partnerships with other schools, outside organisations and individuals can play a significant part in extending learning in school and beyond.