Practical Ways Educators Can Encourage Creativity

Jun 18, 2010, 12:07 ET from The Source for Learning

TeachersFirst Session to Explore Web-Based Tools

RESTON, Va., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Creativity may be the most sought-after quality in business and academic life; it's frequently cited as important to successful problem-solving. On June 29, at the annual conference of ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in Denver, an expert educator will conduct a session on practical ways teachers and students can foster and analyze creativity as part of any classroom project.

Candace Hackett Shively, Director of K-12 Initiatives at nonprofit, will present "Dimensions of Creativity: A Model to Analyze Student Projects," demonstrating proven ways to encourage productive, applied creativity in project-based learning. The focus will be on the use of web-based tools to facilitate growth in creativity skills.

Ms. Shively has 27 years' experience as a master teacher and instructional technology specialist. She has designed and taught many undergraduate, graduate, and inservice classes on educational technology, served as a consultant to fellow teachers on creative projects and competitions, and presented at multiple national and regional conferences.

The ISTE session is based on decades of solid research on creativity. It will employ Guilford's model of divergent thinking to show teachers how to choose the best tools to foster fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration (FFOE) in the classroom. Participants in the session will collaborate using online backchannel chat and face-to-face discussion. They will apply their collective teaching experience, their own creativity, and a common creativity vocabulary to examine project ideas and web-based tools.

The session will be held Tuesday, June 29, from 11:00 a.m. - noon. Further information is available at

For those who are unable to attend the ISTE conference in person, will provide live streaming video of interviews and two-way chat, sharing ISTE conference thoughts and discoveries from its booth (#1485) in the conference's Exhibit Hall. The live feed can be accessed at 3:45 Mountain time (5:45 Eastern) on June 29 via a link on the TeachersFirst home page.

TeachersFirst ( is a service of The Source for Learning (, a not-for-profit corporation providing enhanced learning through technology. The Source for Learning is a member of ISTE 100, and is the creator of,, and, a new service for the families of children from birth to 66 months.

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