Dimensions of Creativity: Resources

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Here are some of the sources used in developing the ISTE 2010 presentation on Dimensions of Creativity as well as additional ones you can use for more information and ideas.

Presentation Sources

(On the importance of creativity in the 21st century):
Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson” by Amy Azzam in Educational Leadership September 2009 | Volume 67 | Number 1
Teaching for the 21st Century Pages 22-26.

(On creativity as a learned behavior):
“Do You Have These 11 Traits of Highly Creative People?” by Dean Rieck on Copyblogger.

(On Guilford’s model):
From Thinking The Expanding Frontier by William Maxwell and John Christopher Bishop

(On Guilford’s model and the importance of these skills in leadership):
From Creative leadership: skills that drive change by Gerard J. Puccio, Mary Murdock, Marie Mance


More information on Creativity:

Innovation Killer: Are you a Zero-Gravity Thinker?
A synopsis of a book on creative thinkers/innovators

TED Talks: Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity (VIDEO)

Project ideas using social media in the classroom
Tweet famous conversations to build flexibility, originality. Many ideas.

Solitude (One thought on conditions that foster creativity)

When Are You Most Creative? (Perhaps take a class survey?)

Do You Have These 11 Traits of Highly Creative People? (Use for discussion or individual exploration)

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. Does artistry lead to anguish? The fact that this Dimensions of Creativity presentation tries to sort out creative process is laughable compared to the “genius” she describes. Creative process defies taxonomies and models. True, but we still try. Are you a pipeline or a mule of creativity? This is a good piece to use with mature students or the gifted at the HS level on inspiration, elusiveness, and anxiety in creativity and circumstances and inconveniences of the creative process.

Storychasers Finding your creative tree
Where/under what circumstances do you find your best ideas? Read creative tree stories.

David Warlick on creativity and whether the product must have value
Also see the follow-up on NOT needing a problem to solve, but simply the ability to allow creative process to surprise.

Webcast: What Kids Learn When They Create with Digital Media

The Art of Designing Disorder
Article by a motivational and cruise line speaker, but based on decent sources.
The connections between risk-taking and creativity: “Creative risk-takers don't just tolerate contradiction, uncertainty and isolation; they seem to often invite them.” Scroll down to some Creative Risk-taking strategies. Includes a bibliography of print sources for more on this topic.

Jamie McKenzie’s Questioning Toolkit site
This is an oldie but goodie. See Elaborating Questions (elaboration), Inventive Questions ( flexibility and sometimes originality), Irrelevant Questions (originality), Unanswerable Questions (originality), and others.