Guest Blog Post:
The timing of Adobe’s report last year was absolutely perfect as it brought creativity to the fore and showed it’s such as important skill for students to have as they make their way in the world. As a teacher, it’s the responsibility of people like myself and my colleagues to help the students we’re teaching to think creatively.
At my school, we strongly believe the answer lies in digital technologies. In fact, I’d go as far as to say ICT is essential to driving creativity in schools. Firstly, practically every workplace uses technology in some form. But secondly – and crucially – because technology is something that young people are passionate about and it’s a world they understand.
We’re using it across the curriculum to bring to life topics students can often feel disengaged in – so for Religious Studies we’re creating animations depicting the life of a Buddha, in History we’re using augmented reality to create story books about the Battle of Hastings, and in Media Studies we’re making professional films.
The engagement levels for each of these projects have just been mind blowing, with some of my weakest students really excelling and raising their attainment levels. The creative skills these technologies help open up is also invaluable – and something they can take with them as they approach employers and universities in the future.
Injecting this creative approach to learning doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult – there are really simple ways it can be done. Check out these resources for some useful hints and tips!