Adobe has partnered with Sir Ken Robinson, the internationally known author and creativity expert, to develop an exclusive five-part video series outlining his thoughts on the importance and power of creativity in education. You may be familiar with this gifted speaker as he has done several Ted Talks. This is an amazing clip and the fact that Adobe partners with Sir Ken Robinson and showcases his take on, how do you define creativity, really puts this topic in the forefront. Sir Ken Robinson’s chat about changing educational paradigms, and how schools are killing creativity goes hand-in-hand with our recent focus on apps and creativity. Our recent blog titled, Apps to Foster More Creativity in the Classroom! was completely remiss in not quoting Sir Ken Robinson somewhere in that post. "We have a system of education that is modeled on the interest of industrialism and in the image of it. Schools are still pretty much organized factory lines — ringing bells, separate facilities, specialized into separate subjects. We still educate children by batches. Why do we do that?” Check out the video where he explores the meaning and natural path of our creative process and why this lack of creativity is so compelling in today's educational landscape. Here he speaks about divergent thinking. "Divergent thinking isn’t the same thing as creativity. I define creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value. Divergent thinking isn’t a synonym but is an essential capacity for creativity. It’s the ability to see lots of possible answers to a question, lots of possible ways to interpret a question, to think laterally, to think not just in linear or convergent ways, to see multiple answers, not one.”
Written by Jayne Clare
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.