Creativity in Education

Adobe surveyed 1014 educators from 13 countries in Asia-Pacific area. The result (picture) reveals that creativity is vital for education. However, the current educations systems put a hurdle in front of the schools, the teachers and the students. Maybe technology and digital tools is a good solution.

Educators thinks Creativity is important.

62% of the educator strongly felt that they should be creative no matter what subjects they taught. 57% felt that the creativity was hamstrung by an education system that is not geared towards creativity. And more than 40% of them felt that the current education system was either outdated or restrictive or both.

Meanwhile,  85% of the respondents thought that technology and digital tools play an important role.

Creativity in Education

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Innovate is not Just a Slogan, it’s a Vital Truth.

We are not discussing high art, but enabling students to be imaginative. Not everybody can be Vincent Van Gogh, but everybody can draw. Neuroscience research has proved that we all are born with innate creative powers. However, most of us lose it as we are educated in schools. Sure, there are classes called writing and art, but what’s really being taught is conformity.

Creativity is the most powerful competitive advantage one can have. Children spend their childhoods being taught how to pass the exams. They learn to give teachers what is expected. By the time they get into industry, they have been poised to conform. They spend their days in meetings and talk about “thinking outside the box”. But rarely do they step outside it.

The sad truth is that schools were never designed to produce creativity.

Technology and Digital Tools Might Be a Solution

In this modern era of technology, the solution becomes simpler: to utilize technology to keep your creativity intact and flowing. Technology, which is something that students love and use the most, can be of great help to educators in this endeavor. Here’s how various technological tools help enhance student creativity:

Video and Audio tools: There are many easy to use video and tutorial creation tools that students and teachers can use in their teaching and learning. Students can create their own videos and share them with their class, which can be a great opportunity for them to develop their creative skills. For example, teachers can explore courses like Premiere Pro CS5 Training on LOOP.sg and better attract students.

Games: Games are one of the best ways of promoting co-operation and creativity. Educational games keep students engaged with their study, ignite the interactive and imaginative element in their thinking. Making games today are not as hard as it was a decade ago. We can simply create a game from scratch using Google Games. It can create much more possibilities for teaching and learning.

Besides, there are also tools like Infographics, Cartoons, Comics, Mind-Mapping and Brainstorming tools that are popular among students can be used. There are also a tremendous amount of online courses on the Internet. All of these tools of technology are creativity triggers that can help students develop creative thinking and other essential skills. They are easily and freely available and teachers should readily adopt them into their academic curricula, so that their students never lag behind when it comes to creativity, since it is vital for their all-round development.

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