Looking at Creativity in ICT

Group work Collaborative professional knowledge building activities for teacher educators, vocational trainers and primary and secondary school teachers

July 9th Bedford

Aims: to understand more about how the principles of teaching and learning creatively can be applied to mastering the effective use of digital technologies across the curriculum at these levels:

  • higher education with a particular emphasis on teacher education
  • vocational education
  • primary and secondary education


This workshop follows on from a workshop in London on May 28th that explored a key element in the HandsOn project: the value of MOOCs in education. The day was held as an element of the ITTE conference in order to keep the meeting costs as low as possible.

In this all day workshop the expert participants who all use digital technologies in teaching and learning  looked at the connection between creativity and ICT in general concluding with investigating closely how learning about digital technologies in teaching and learning can be enhanced by creative thinking techniques.

The programme began with two keynotes: the first was a general address about the need to reconceptualise technology in order to enhance teaching and learning. The second keynote was an introduction to the main principle of the EU funded HandsOn project. These keynotes were followed by three symposia on topics related to creativity in teaching and learning, creative practice in ICT and the need for creativity in teaching ICT. Finally  a MirandaMod was staged that aimed to draw together on a digital map some key ideas about the different ways in which  creativity can be used on the teaching of ICT. The MirandaMod at the end of the day provided the participants with an opportunity to understand other points of view and build new knowledge.


The results of the collaborative activity

Two digital maps were created by the participants:

The first map charts the results of the De Bono creative thinking hats exercise here.

The second map charts the ideas that the participants are contributing to contribute after the workshop here.

A full report on the day’s activities can be found here.


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