Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious after a while. That’s because they were able to connect their experiences and synthesize new things.”
Steve Jobs, Wired Magazine February, 1996
What a great quote by the late Steve Jobs. On the one hand, there is pure creativity born out of a genesis of inspiration. On the other hand, there’s creativity that is within reach of everyone. Take a desire, add some ideas generated from different experiences, some motivation and guidance, some tools with which to create and voilà. I strongly believe the all-in-one iPad aids and supports the creative process.
With my role as a teacher with classes where all students have iPads, I am observing more and more creativity from students and within my lessons. I wouldn’t say that my lessons weren’t creative pre-iPads. As a teacher I’ve always noticed my resourcefulness and creativity with resources and technology at my disposal. But I would say that what I asked of students was less creative than lessons today that include the iPad.
After writing a number of posts now, I have reflected on them and written this page. A reoccurring theme in my reflection is one of creativity and it jumps out at me. Here’s some musings that reflect on the iPad.
In this post I reflect on my reading of Dan Pink’s book A Whole New Mind. I focus on only two of the aptitudes: play & symphony.
I mull over creativity in teaching and learning and specifically reflect on tasks and assessments that involve creativity.
This is a reflection on my department, colleagues, students and me. The changes I note are 5) Changing the discussion, 4) Connectivity, 3) Steamlined, 2) Variety of tasks and assessments; 1) Student Creation.
I identify two aspects of the iPad and explore them through my experiences with the iPad.
I believe that more effective learning is likely to happen from authentic resources and experiences. The iPad can bring the outside in.
This sequel carries on the conversation of flipped learning and motivation to offer suggestions on both. Examples include my use of the iPad.