The final assessment task for the Charles Sturt University subject Concepts and Practices for a Digital Age (INF530), is to compose an academic essay that is presented within a digital medium. In pursuing a topic for this essay, I investigated forward into future subject modules where the topic of Creativity and Education in introduced. This unit struck a cord with me as I see a tremendous link with STEM education (Science Technology engineering and Mathematics) where I also have a desire to further pursue within my school. Creativity, innovation, invention, creation…all words that begin to define the approaches needed to enable our students to move towards pursuing a future in STEM careers. Ken Robinson (2011) in his book, Out of our Minds, and Tony Wagner (2012) with his book, Creating Innovators both stress on the need to develop creative and innovative thinking in our students for not only economic and sustainable needs of societal growth, but also for the future career prospects of youth.
The following is my topic proposal:
‘Creative thinking and digital environments for developing innovative students.’
Digital tools and spaces
Using iBook Author, a digital essay in the .ibook or EPUB format (ebook) will be created to include video, audio, web links and photographs. The ebook will be directly distributed to readers via email until available in ibookstore.
As our global economies move from the industrial to knowledge based economies, which is then replaced by creative and innovative economies, there is a need to develop the creative capacity of our students to become innovators. Research and educational institutions, industry and economist are looking for these innovators to be motivated, collaborative workers and have interdisciplinary problem solving skills, and these innovators need to grow from the approaches and practices of schools.
The Australian Curriculum recognises that responding to the challenges of the 21st century requires youth to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable. They will also need motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking with purpose. The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) also recognises that critical and creative thinking are fundamental for students to become successful learners. Both documents also identify that in this digital age, with its rapidly and continuing changes, students will need to be highly skilled in the use of digital technologies for knowledge sharing, creation, development and communication.
The initial focus of the essay is to critically analyse the current ideas and principles of creative thinking in education, while the principle focus is how digital technologies are currently employed in schools, using creative thinking practices, for the development of innovative students.
Wagner, T. (2012) Creating innovators: The making of young people who will change the world. New York: Scribner (Kindle Edition)
Robinson, K. (2011) Out of our minds: Learning to be creative. Chichester: Capstone Publishing Ltd. (Kindle Edition)