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Creativity and Innovation are recognised as one of the four essential skills (4Cs) " that students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship" (P21 framework 21st century learning).
A shift is taking place in schools all over the world as learners are exploring subject matter through the act of creation rather than the consumption of content" (New Horizon Report K-12, 2016, p.)


"Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible... or a physical object" (Wikipedia, 2016).

Students as creators: Short term trend: Driving EdTech adoption in K-12 education for the next one to two years (New Horizons Report, 2016, K-12).

Langwitches, 2009, (CC BY-NC-SA- 2.0)

In the video Reinventing Education: From Failure to Creativity (Learning World S6E16, 2/2) Joe Fatheree explains how he encourages students to embrace failure as a way to unlock creativity.

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The term innovation can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that breaks into the market or society. Innovation is generally considered to be the result of a process that brings together various novel ideas in a way that they affect society (Wikipedia, 2016, ¶1-2).

OECD research on Innovative learning environments (ILE) project identified the following 7 essential principles of innovative learning:

  1. Learners have to be at the center of what happens in the classroom
  2. Learning is a social practice and can't happen alone
  3. Emotions are an integral part of learning
  4. Learners are different
  5. Students need to be stretched, but not too much
  6. Assessment should be for learning, not of learning
  7. Learning needs to be connected across disciplines (Schwartz, 2013)

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audio by Name art by Rachel
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Note: This podcast was created using audioBoom which is a paid service. However, there are many Free screencasting and video technologies that students could use to record a narration about their artwork.