Digital Creativity in the Philippines

Last Friday, I had the privilege of presenting a webinar with over 500 teachers from the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CECP). The topic was Give your students the power to create a bright future.

Early into the session I encouraged the teachers to do an online poll that looked at the following range statements about creativity in education …

  • Creativity in education is an absolute necessity 
  • Creativity in education is really only important in the Arts subjects 
  • Creativity can’t be taught. You are either creative or you are not. 

Just under 120 teachers did the poll with some interesting results …

83% Strongly agreed that creativity education is an absolute necessity and 8% strongly disagreed, with everyone else in the middle.

In relation to the statement Creativity in education is really only important in the Arts subjects, 54% strongly disagreed, 10% disagreed and 27% strongly agreed.

When looking at whether creativity can be taught or not, 46% strongly disagree that creativity can’t be taught, 18% strongly agreed and 17% were not sure.

It was great to be working with such a diverse range of opinions on this topic. It led to a very interesting Q&A session.

Most of the content I presented was from my recent article Creativity Matters – in all areas of the curriculum and all levels where I try and answer the following questions:

  • What is creativity?
  • Why is creativity important?
  • Can anyone be creative?
  • How can creativity be taught and assessed?

Click here to see the full webinar via Facebook.

Teachers from the Philippines have been very actively interested in the Adobe Education adoption program over the past few years, with nearly 17.5K opting into the monthly Australasian Adobe in Education Update newsletters and many thousand competing level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator Program.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – January, 2022

As you go back to school in 2022, give your students a creative edge with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education (free for all K-12 schools).

Browser and mobile based content creation tools for graphics, videos and web-page publication.

Click here for Dr Tim Kitchen’s Adobe Creative Cloud Express resource for teachers and students (including new how-to video tutorials and PDF user documentation).

Click here for the official CC Express for Education support site from Adobe.

Click here for CC Express resources from the Adobe Education Exchange.


Click here to read Dr Tim Kitchen’s January 2020 article CREATIVITY MATTERS – in all areas of the curriculum and all levels.


2022 Adobe TeachMeets

A new set of Adobe TeachMeets starts on February 16, 2022 – 4 PM AEDT. Each Adobe TeachMeet session involves a variety of great professional learning opportunities for new and experienced users of Adobe tools in Education. Click here to register for the planned 2022 events and encourage your colleagues to get involved.


Adobe Creative Educator Program

Over 44,000 teachers have enrolled in at least level 1 of the Adobe Creative Education program. Click here to find out more and share with your colleagues. This program is not about Adobe, it’s about creativity in education. If you prefer to be guided through level 1, register for the next Be a Creative Educator live course.


Inject Creativity Live – 2022

The Inject Creativity Live YouTube show starts again on Wednesday 9th February, 2022 at 6.30 PM AEDT with special guest presenters Jason Lane from QLD and Chris Betcher from the Google Education team.

Watch live or on-demand via the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel.

Click here to see the December 7 episode.


Coming events – share with your colleagues

As the 2022 academic year commences, share the following URL with your colleagues and wider education networks and help promote a range of coming events from the ANZ Adobe in Education Team – https://adobe.ly/eduevents. Note that teachers outside of ANZ are very welcome.


Attention students and teachers in NSW & Victoria

Get your students involved in at least one of the 2022 Adobe Creativity Challenges. This is great way to encourage collaborative problem solving, get to know some new apps and share creative projects with an authentic audience.

For NSW & Victorian government teachers …

  • Click here for Adobe Teacher Professional Learning events for NSW Department of Education teachers in 2022
  • Click here for Adobe Teacher Professional Learning events for Victorian Department of Education & Training teachers in 2022

DigiCon Conference

Adobe will again be involved with the fully online DigiCon conference Feb 21-24. Click here for more information and registration.


Attention Brisbane based teachers

Adobe and the Australian Computer Society are organising a free face to face professional learning event in Brisbane on Wed 20th April. Click here to find out more and register – numbers are limited.


National Education Summit – Melbourne & Brisbane

Adobe is proud to be involved in the 2022 National Education Summits planned for Brisbane & Melbourne. Click here to find out more about the Melbourne event on June 17 & 18 and here for the Brisbane event on August 5 & 6.


Get serious about student portfolios in 2022

Click here to discover creative portfolio resources to support students’ preparations for the future.


Remix a creative template to express your identity

Click here to find out how to use Adobe Creative Cloud Express to design an image capturing important parts of their identity.


New EdEx resources focused on teaching social justice

https://edex.adobe.com/social-justice


Growth mindset activity series

Click here for activities where students learn to develop and practice growth mindset.


Click here to see curriculum-planning resources on the Adobe Education Echange that will empower you to build a creative learning environment, design interactive syllabi, and promote digital literacy.


Creative challenge – Express yourself in full colour with our new Adobe Creative Educator challenge

Click here to find out more.


Inspire a new generation of visual storytellers with Pixar in a Box

Hooked on video production? Click here to check out our creative digital-media storytelling curriculum produced in partnership with Khan Academy.


Click here to discover how Adobe Scan and Acrobat make course readings, worksheets, and assignments a breeze.


Explore Khan Academy activities for all disciplines and subject areas

Click here to choose from more than 100 lesson plans, activities, and projects that combine Adobe tools with Khan Academy content for math, science, humanities, and social science.


Australasian Adobe Education Community on Facebook

If you haven’t already, please do join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook group to keep regularly up to date with the world of Adobe in Education for the Australasian region.


Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!


CREATIVITY MATTERS

in all areas of the curriculum and all levels

by Dr Tim Kitchen

January, 2022


Abstract

This article discusses a range of definitions of creativity, why it is considered important in education, if anyone can be creative and if it can be taught and assessed. It also compares a general attitude towards the importance of creativity in education prior to the digital transformation of schools over the past 20 years and the addition of critical and creative thinking as a general capability in the Australian Curriculum.


About the author

Following 23 years teaching Primary, Secondary & Higher Education, Dr Tim Kitchen has been Adobe’s Senior Education Specialist for Asia Pacific since 2013. He regularly liaises with schools & universities focusing on enhancing creativity in education. He also manages the Adobe Education leadership and active use programs throughout Australasia and helps lead the Adobe Education Exchange which has over one million members. A well-recognised education thought leader in Australia, Tim is a regular presenter for a wide range of national and international education events and co-hosts the Inject Creative Live YouTube show.


Introduction

When I started teaching in the early 1990s, creativity in the classroom was emphasised to me as a young teacher as important and to be celebrated throughout the curriculum. Creative teachers were admired and respected, and creative students were encouraged. I was taught by my more experienced colleagues that everyone has the potential to be creative by virtue of being a human being and it is vital that creativity is fostered within all aspects and levels of the education system. 

About 20 years after I started my teaching career, the importance of creativity in the Australian curriculum was formally recognised in 2010 by outlining Critical and Creative Thinking as one of the seven General capabilities to be integrated into all Learning areas. This means, as a policy, teachers should be integrating a creative thinking approach to all subject areas where possible along with other general capabilities such as literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology.

Twelve years after making creativity a formal education curriculum policy, with so many digital creativity tools at the fingertips of most teachers and students, it appears that priorities have changed and fostering creativity is seen as a luxurious extra and left to the subject areas that are considered more conducive to creative thinking and making. 

In this article, I will draw from academic experts in the field of creativity in education as well as classroom teachers who strive to encourage creative thinking and doing in K-12 and post-secondary classrooms across the globe. I will base the article around the following key questions:

  • What is creativity?
  • Why is creativity important?
  • Can anyone be creative?
  • How can creativity be taught and assessed?

Throughout this article I will be referencing content from a series of conversations the Adobe Education team recorded with the late great Sir Ken Robinson. The full series can be found on the Adobe for Education YouTube channel via – https://www.youtube.com/adobeforeducation.

I will also be referring to content from a range of academics and other educators who helped to build the Creativity for All course which is level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator (ACE) Program. This is a free and multi-leveled (micro-credentialed) course available to any educator interested in discovering more about the importance of creativity in education. The course is not focused on the use of Adobe software, it’s about creativity in general and the importance of creativity in all areas of the curriculum. I believe all educators, at any level and any curriculum area, should take the time to do at least level 1 of the ACE course as part of their professional development.

Teaching in the early 1990s

When I started teaching, there was little in the way of digital technologies to enhance the creative process; I recall one of the newest innovations at the time was dustless chalk! There was no such thing as the Internet or online learning management systems. Reports were handwritten and labs of typewriters were gradually being replaced by clunky IBM desktop computers and floppy disks that seemed irrelevant to most curriculum areas.

Making a quality video required paying for expertise who had access to special filming and editing equipment. It was very much an analogue process and out of the reach of most schools. At my first school as a teacher (Kingswood College, Melbourne), we were lucky to have a progressive Head of Media and a very expensive Super VHS crunch editing machine and a handful of Super VHS cameras. I was in heaven, and even though I was a primary music teacher in the first years of my career, I spent hours with my students turning their music into short video stories. One of my first students (Richard Gray) is now a film director with his own film range in Montana, USA.

Teaching in the early 2020s

Within three decades, schools and universities are now drowning in digital creativity tools. Teachers and students are constantly connected to multiple digital devices. They have the ability to easily create a multitude of products such as videos, digital images, 3D and AR productions, and even design their own mobile applications. However, as I connect with and teach digital literacy skills with students and teachers all over the globe, there seems to be more of a priority on data gathering, standardised testing, procedural matters and pushing groups of students through a system rather than enhancing their individual creative potential.

I was recently chatting with the Head of Professional Learning at a large Catholic school in Victoria, Australia. She shared that the structuring of the school timetable and hours teachers are expected to spend in front of their students hasn’t changed alongside the implementation of new technologies. More and more resources are being added, and expectations from the executive level keeps growing, but the structuring of the school day hasn’t evolved to accommodate. No wonder teachers are burning out!

There seems to be so many technology options for teachers to use these days to the extent that they often don’t know what they have available to them, let alone how they can potentially use the tools. Many teachers have told me they are so overwhelmed by the options, they tend to avoid them.

It appears that individual schools and school systems invest a large portion of their budget on hardware and software but only a minimum on professional learning for teachers. This is probably why some of the best digital creativity tools are being used to reinvent outdated teaching approaches such as,  teaching to a test, focusing on worksheets as a time-filler and converting text book material to online rather than encouraging creativity, innovation and engagement.

Dr. Ruben Puentedura address this issue with his SAMR Model, a framework that is recommended for teachers to follow when they are integrating new technologies:

  • Substitution (replacing old approaches with new technology but no change)
  • Augmentation (replacing old approached but with improvements)
  • Modification (redesigning  a new teaching approach)
  • Redefinition (using technology to create what was not possible in the past)

What is creativity?

Creativity is strongly aligned to problem-solving, collaboration and innovation. It is a skill that is in-demand by just about every industry, and a skill that adds to the quality of most human endeavours. And with the vast array of creative digital software and devices so widely available in schools these days, there is no real excuse for not fostering a creative mindset.

There are a wide variety of definitions of creativity. A well regarded thought leader in this field is American psychologist, the late Dr Ellis Paul Torrance from the University of Georgia. He says aspects of creativity include uniqueness, fluidity, flexibility, elaboration, humour & avoidance of premature closure. He also says that creativity is the process of becoming sensitive to problems, deficiencies, gaps in knowledge, missing elements & disharmonies. (Torrance & Wu, 1974). I love this definition, especially the reference to humour. I always found that encouraging a positive sense of humour in my classrooms helped students feel comfortable and more open to the learning process. Linking creativity to an avoidance of premature closure is also interesting. Doing creativity well is hard work. The late Seymour Papert associated the creative process as Hard fun. More on that later.

Another great thought leader in this area, Professor Ellen Jane Langer from Harvard University, says that creativity has dynamic qualities with the power to explore uncertainties that can reveal multiple perspectives during an activity (Dunoon & Langer, 2011). Looking at problems from a range of perspectives and coming up with a variety of potential solutions to a program is a very creative process. Many students find this process a challenge and prefer to stick with the first solution to a problem that they or their group think of. Brainstorming and doing a PMI (positive, minus & interesting) analysis of a range of potential solutions help students to think about problems from a range of perspectives and encourages a creative and open mindset.

Professor Robert J Sternberg from Cornell University defines creativity as the production of new ideas, approaches and actions. He also says that few people actually make the decision to be creative because they find the cost to be too high. He says that academics, parents, students and the broader community need to invest time and effort into the creative process (Sternberg, 1999). This links directly with Torrance & Papert’s opinions that being creative is not an easy option and nor should it be.

The late great Sir Ken Robinson (author, presenter and thought leader) defines creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value. He emphasises that creativity is a process, you have to actually do something to be creative. He also says that creativity is an evolutionary process that goes through various phases as original ideas and concepts are developed (Adobe, 2020).

In September 2019, I invited a group of primary, secondary and post-secondary educators who were part of the Asia Pacific Adobe Education Leaders program to the Adobe Office in Sydney for the 2019 APAC Adobe Education Summit. One of the activities we conducted was to put them into small groups and get them to agree on a definition of creativity then present that definition on camera. Some of the results included …

Emma, Ali & Michelle

Creativity is about finding connections between divergent ideas that don’t always happen in isolation … our most creative thinkers are those that can see barriers and they can push past them so they look outside their environment.

Trevor, Michelle & Craig

Creativity is about setting up a situation or an environment where students are able to achieve greater than what we would even expect from them and then push it further to the boundaries.

Heath, Michael & Neda

Creativity is primarily about seeing things in a new way, seeing new things that have not been seen before. Experimenting through discovery, play and expression…it is beautiful.

Dean, Mike and Jason

Creativity is ideas and perspectives combined together in an imaginative way.

Mark, Brownwen & Mark

We define creativity as a cyclical process of asking questions of yourself or the environment around you and responding with words or actions to keep that process moving.

Tony, Phillip & Sjanni

We define creativity as something that’s applied to everyday life … more than design and arts… it’s something that is problem-solving across all aspects of life …

David, Chris, David & Juliette

Creativity is curiosity over fear … being able to have the courage to do new things and challenge yourself … it’s just making stuff, lots of stuff and having a go.

The same teachers were also asked to share what they thought were stimulants and inhibitors to creativity in education. Have a look at the results via: https://timkitchen.net/2020/01/17/creativity/.

There are similarities and differences with all the above definitions of creativity. This stems from the complex and diverse nature of creativity as a concept. No matter how it is defined, there is little doubt about the importance of creativity in society and therefore its importance within all areas of the curriculum.

Why is creativity important?

Established in 1971, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international, independent and impartial lobbying group made up from over 1000 global enterprises and public subsidies with a mission to improve the world by connecting and engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to help shape global, regional, and business agendas. They have conducted several studies over the years through their Future of Jobs Report, focused on establishing what are the most important skills for individuals to have to be most employable and to thrive. Creativity is consistently in the top five.

In 2016, the WEF predicted that by 2020, Creativity would be the third most important skill to thrive in the future, just below critical thinking and complex problem solving (World Economic Forum, 2016). The Future of Jobs Report 2020 continues to list creativity in the top 5 skills to thrive in the future (World Economic Forum, 2020). 

Throughout level 1 of Adobe’s Creativity for All course, academics and other educators make a case for the importance of creativity. Dr Ai Addyson Zhang, founder of Classroom without Walls says that creativity is an essential 21st century skill, every learner should have the opportunity to explore creativity in all content areas (Adobe, 2021).

Professor Alane Starko, Educational Psychologist from Eastern Michigan University and author of the creativiteach.me blog says, … regardless of the field or the problem, we are going to need creativity as we move forward … All of us need to be able to think about things flexibly, to take risks, to solve problems, to move on when things aren’t going exactly the way we expect to be resilient and to communicate – all key aspects of creativity (Adobe, 2021).

Dr Karen Sutherland from the University of The Sunshine Coast says creativity helps students to innovate and push their knowledge much further than just the things they’ve been taught in the classroom (Adobe, 2021).

Associate Professor Eric Cornish from Miami Dade College says that creativity equals curiosity, and if we can get students to be curious about presenting on a certain topic that they connect with, then that information tends to stick with them just a little bit longer (Adobe, 2021).

Michael Cohen, Director of Innovation at Yeshiva University High School in the USA says that as educators, we have a responsibility to mentor and cultivate a community where creativity is admired. He says that creativity is the driving force that is going to make any young person right now much more valuable in whatever company, whatever profession, whatever industry they are going to focus their efforts in (Adobe, 2021).

Tanya Avrith (Educator, Author and Adobe Evangelist) outlines that with so much uncertainty with the way the world will look in the next five, ten, 15 years, now more than ever, allowing students to take creative risks and problem-solve with the resources that they have available to them is so important (Adobe, 2021).

Al Thomas (Global Educational Speaker and Consultant from the USA) says … logic, reasoning and analysis are not enough. As learners, we have to have a deeper understanding of how to apply knowledge and a variety of situations. This is where infusing learning with the creative process and exploration comes into play … Art and creativity are no longer an indulgence, but a necessity (Adobe, 2021).

In a recorded conversation by the Adobe Education Team titled Why is Creativity Important in Education?, Sir Ken Robinson says that the education system has been set up by politicians to focus on the future of the economy with a priority on subjects and disciplines that are thought to be more useful and an obsession with standardised testing and conformity. Yet, business leaders say that they want people who are creative, who can innovate and think differently – who can work in teams and communicate. Key skills that are not encouraged within today’s education systems. Business leaders and hiring managers are looking for candidates who are creative, but they are being faced with a generation of students coming through schools who haven’t been encouraged to develop these abilities. Sir Ken argues that the economic imperative for teaching creativity systematically in schools has never been greater (Adobe, 2020b).

Microsoft’s LinkedIn Learning produces a regular Workplace Learning Report. In June 2021, they released their fifth edition that surveyed more than 1,200 learning and development professionals and nearly 900 learners to find out how workplace learning is changing due to the COVID pandemic that has forced lots of changes in the workplace, some say for the better. As a result, skill sets such as resilience and digital fluency are seen as a priority in this new era of hybrid workplace and creativity, as a skill set, is still up there in the top 10 (LinkedIn Learning, 2021).

It doesn’t matter if we are focused on self-expression, deeper thinking and engagement or problem-solving, creativity is essential for all of us to thrive in just about every aspect of life. But what if you are not naturally a creative person?

Can anyone be creative?

In his book Creative Schools, Sir Ken Robinson says that creativity comes from the many powers we have by virtue of being human. He argues that everyone has the potential to be creative, it is a gift that we have over other animals. Sir Ken also argues that creativity is not just for the Arts and other so-called creative subject areas. Creativity can be found in science, mathematics, technology, business and just about every human endeavour (Robinson & Aronica, 2015).

Some people seem to have a great affinity with creativity and are seen as more creative than others. In his 2018 article published by The Conversation, Neuroscience Roger Beaty from Harvard University divides the human population into little-c creatives and Big-C creative. Little-c creatives are the everyday creatives who draw, make websites, videos, make great meals, make up tunes and play tunes in their head or on a musical instrument. Everyone has the capacity to be a little-c creative. Big-C creatives are extraordinary. They are amazing speech writers, song writers, poets, playwrights, architects, painters and designers; artists who have the ability to create original inventions and innovations that potentially make the world a better place for everyone.

Beaty’s findings indicate that some brains are wired in such a way that aids the creative process (Beaty, 2018). There is still more research required in this area, but Beaty’s findings add fuel to the nature versus nurture debate – whether one can be born creative or if the way we are brought up is the major factor. How we become creative is not yet scientifically conclusive however, there is little doubt that anyone can at least be a little-c creative but how do you teach and foster creativity?

How can creativity be taught and assessed?

Creativity can be taught. The Design Thinking Process that came out of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, commonly known as the d.school, is one of a number of methodologies aimed to unlock everyone’s innate creativity. Engineers and Artists are taught other methodologies that help teach the creative process.

One of the most important steps to teaching creativity is to model it and encourage a creative learning environment within your classroom. Claudia Zavala Jr. is a digital designer and educator with the Burleson Independent School District, USA. He says that teachers can foster a creative culture by modelling the creative process and show vulnerabilities. He encourages teachers to share that it is okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to fail and acknowledge that there is always an option to go back to the drawing board in a creative learning environment (Adobe, 2021). Safe risk-taking and acknowledging that mistakes are part of the learning process is key to fostering a creative mindset.

Celebrated American educator Rebecca Hare from the USA encourages her students to take risks in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental learning environment. She says creativity is cultivated by celebrating our risks and reframing our failures as evidence of growth, and that it is a continual daily process (Adobe, 2021). In a recent conversation with a experiences educator in NSW, Australia she said that in her experience, a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment this is the key to encouraging creativity in both the classroom and the staffroom. Unless an individually feels safe, they will be reluctant to take risks and try something new or express an ‘outside the box’ idea. Students in particular need to feel safe not just from the teacher, but also from the opinions and judgements of those around them.

Having students present their work to an authentic audience is a stimulus for creativity. Setting up real-life problems to be solved for members of the local, national or international audience and encouraging feedback from that audience is an important tool for teaching creativity. Cristen Magaletti (celebrated Social Studies Teacher from Florida, USA) says that it is so important to create experiences for students where they feel empowered, have a voice and feel valued in a space that offers them open ended questions so that they can practice the skill of finding solutions in a world that is unpredictable and ever-changing (Adobe, 2021).

Professor Starko says that teachers need to consider three things when fostering a creative classroom culture:

  1. The classroom needs to be a safe space where risk-taking is safe and appreciated.
  2. It needs to be a place where intrinsic motivation to learn is supported and enhanced. Where students see purpose in their work, and they need to see themselves making meaningful progress and having some agency over the topics.
  3. Establishing a learning environment where students have opportunities to engage in creative projects and activities.

Dr Ai Addyson Zhang explains that we should be less focussed on academic grades and standardised testing and more focused on giving students the freedom to play with ideas, make creative mistakes and the freedom to enjoy learning for the sake of learning. She says we should focus on a student-centred model of teaching where, as teachers, we are co-creators with our students, and we nurture a safe space where mistakes are embraced and celebrated. Dr Sutherland adds to this by saying that fostering creativity is about everyone (teachers and students) collaborating and sharing and refining ideas.

Professor Starko also shares that an ideal creative classroom would always have room for laughter. She explains that if the classroom is not safe enough to laugh, it’s probably not safe enough for creativity either. Establishing a fun and supporting classroom helps students to be more comfortable with the learning process. This doesn’t reduce the expected rigour and challenge of learning.As mentioned earlier, the late great Professor Seymour Papert (the inventor of the Constructionism learning theory) uses the term Hard Fun. He wrote an article titled Hard Fun in his Daily Papert series and concluded that everyone likes hard challenging things to do. But they have to be the right things matched to the individual and to the culture of the times (Papert).

In terms of assessing creativity, it is ongoing and part of a teacher’s regular formative assessment process. When assessing creativity, it is not about the grade at the end of a unit of work, it is about the learning process that took place throughout the unit. When teachers assess for creativity, they should focus not just on the end product (summative assessment), but on the creative skills and processes that occurred while getting to the end product. Tanya Avrith says, students need to be able to get explicit feedback so that they can iterate and explore their understanding of concepts and then go back, make necessary changes and do it again (Adobe, 2020).

Al Thomas reflects that learners with effective feedback loops that are immediate, specific, frequent and actionable learn faster than those without. This is especially important when it comes to creativity because these feedback loops provide a space for growth connections with others so that we’re not creating in isolation and allows for empathy to remain at the core of what we are creating.

To encourage students to embrace risk and be creative, Michelle Dennis (Head of Digital at Haileybury College, Australia) marks the process of a unit of work rather than the end result or product. She says that when you focus on the end result, students will go for the safe option. When you focus on the process, it becomes about how far they can push themselves, what they are thinking and their creative process (Adobe, 2020).

I taught Year 12 (final year of High School in Australia) for 13 years and would often add what I called an X-factor into the assessment process. This would include 10% relating to the creativity. I would explain to the students that if the hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I looked at their work, they would do well with the X-factor. This seemed to really encourage some students to produce amazing work, but it also stressed out and confused a lot of students who were never encouraged or taught to be creative at school.

Peer and self-assessment, where students reflect on each other’s team or individual work as well as their own work for creativity throughout a unit is an approach I regularly used. It gives students more agency and helps students to be more engaged in the learning process. When we ask students to self-assess, peer-assess and reflect, they get to think critically about their own creative growth and the growth of those around them.

Professor Alane Starko encourages the teachers she works with to have creativity as one of the items on an assessment rubric. She says that even if students have misunderstood content based on other measures within a rubric, they can still be valued for their potential creativity.

Associate Professor Matthew Dombrowski (University of Central Florida, USA) says that when you are assessing for creativity you should have a clear structure and delivery goals, but be open for student interpretation to allow for innovation. As an example, he says give the student a prompt, but don’t tell them what digital tool they have to use. It’s all about balance when it comes to assessment for students to learn and grow.

To help recognise when creativity is happening, the following questions can be posed and even applied to an assessment rubric:

  1. Is the students’ work original for them?
  2. Did they look at a problem in a new way?
  3. Has the student elaborated on their ideas or added detail and complexity to their work?
  4. Do the ideas meet the criteria or learning goal?
  5. Are these ideas meaningful, useful and relevant?

No matter how creativity is assessed, it is important to ensure a learning environment that supports a growth mindset and creative risk-taking.

Conclusion

Today’s teachers and students are drowning in digital creativity software and devices but that doesn’t mean they know how to be creative and it doesn’t mean that schools are encouraging a creative use of these tools. Creativity is a skill-set that is in high demand by society and industry and should be a focus in all areas of the curriculum. Creativity can be taught and assessed. Rather than using the amazing technology around us to gather data and test results, let’s use it to teach and enhance creativity.

Appendix

Practical ways to enhance creativity in any curriculum area

There are many ways to encourage a creative learning environment and these days digital creativity applications are at every students’ fingertips.

Next time you are setting up an assessment task or a unit of work, have a think about the following creative digital options that make use of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education applications (browser & mobile based) that are now freely available to all K12 schools around the globe.

Encourage your students to:

  • Work in a team to make a short film or video documentary using Adobe Premiere Rush to explain what they have discovered about a topic;
  • Use the new Adobe Creative Cloud Express graphic creator (formally Adobe Spark Post) to create a series of posters that highlight key terms and definitions within a unit of work;
  • Work with a team to collaborate on a building an online publication with the web page building tool within CC Express (formally Adobe Spark Post);
  • Take photos that relate to a particular topic and manipulate them with Photoshop Express;
  • Create a short video story with the video builder within CC Express (Formally Adobe Spark Video);
  • Create a get to know you video with CC Express or Premiere Rush
  • Create a video journal based on the progress of a project with CC Express or Premiere Rush;
  • Build an online book report with CC Express that features graphics, text and embedded video;
  • Use CC Express to create graphics featuring interesting quotes from prominent people;
  • Simplify a complicated mathematical concept within a video made with CC Express or Premiere Rush;
  • Turn a piece of creative writing into a video story with  CC Express or Premiere Rush;
  • Use CC Express to publish a Haiku or other form of poetry;
  • Use CC Express to create a proposal for a school fundraising activity;
  • Practice new language vocabulary by recording key phrases with CC Express;
  • Make a series of posters with CC Express that help remind students about eSaftey practices at school and at home;
  • Turn a poem into a video;
  • Use CC Express to create a online biography of a famous historical figure;
  • Turn a science experiment into a TV production using a combination of Photoshop Express, CC Express and Premiere Rush;
  • Document an excursion with CC Express and Photoshop Express
  • Use CC Express to bring slide presentations to life;
  • Work in a team to publish a classroom newsletter with CC Express;
  • Capture examples of mathematics in action within the school such a different types of angles using CC Express;
  • Create a virtual tour of the school with Premiere Rush and convert each short video into a QR code that is on display for visitors.

More information about Adobe Creative Cloud for Education (free globally for all K12 schools) – https://www.adobe.com/education/express/

A new set of Adobe Creative Cloud for Education resources: https://adobe.ly/express-apac

More about Adobe Creative Cloud Express on the Adobe Education Exchange: https://edex.adobe.com/express

References

Adobe, 2020a. How do you Define Creativity?, A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson online available (Jan, 2022) – https://youtu.be/JTjRfSU_ZTA

Adobe, 2020b. Why is Creativity Important in Education? | A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson(Jan, 2022) – https://youtu.be/vKx5SWVW3uA

Adobe, 2021. Adobe Creative Educator, Empowering educators who inspire creativity for the next generation, online available (Jan, 2022) https://edex.adobe.com/adobe-creative-educator

Beaty, R., 2018. New study reveals why some people are more creative than others, online available (Jan, 2022) – https://theconversation.com/new-study-reveals-why-some-people-are-more-creative-than-others-90065

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Special thank you to the following educators for their contributions to this article and inspiration: Lisa Mason, Jill Harington, Ron Wilson, Merrill Kitchen, Emma Wise, Ali Blackwell, Michelle Dennis, Trevor Milevskiy, Michelle Roberts, Craig Daalmeijer-Power, Heath Henwood, Michael Turner, Neda Zdravkovic, Darren Smith, Eden Carey, Justin de Lacy, Dean Utia, Mike McPherson, Jason Carthew, Mark Christie, Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen, Mark Woszczalski, Tony McLachlan, Phlip Saldais, Sjaani van den Berg, David Cornford, Chris Betcher & Juliette Bentley.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – December, 2021

Special Adobe Creative Cloud Express edition

Welcome to the December 2021 edition of the Australasia Adobe in Education Update Newsletter.

This edition includes:

  • Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud Express
  • The 2022 Adobe TeachMeets program
  • Inject Creativity Live
  • Special events for NSW & Victorian teachers
  • Video Editing Workshop 2022
  • Adobe in a Box with Khan Academy
  • New resources on the Adobe Education Exchange – and more …

Welcome to Adobe Creative Cloud Express

Next time you open up Adobe Spark, you will notice an exciting new re-brand to Adobe Creative Cloud Express.

https://www.adobe.com/express/

Adobe Creative Cloud Express is Adobe Spark plus a new range of editing features for images and video. Just like Adobe Spark, the base version is free for anyone 13 or over. The premium version also includes Premiere Rush and Photoshop Express plus premium assets including Adobe Stock access.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education

Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education is a special premium version, free for all K-12 schools. It provides students and educators everything they need to create stunning graphics, flyers, photos, presentations, web pages, and videos — and express themselves in unique and beautiful ways both inside and outside the classroom.

Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education includes the Creative Cloud Express apps and services plus mobile apps including Adobe Premiere Rush, Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Spark Video, and Adobe Spark Page. It also includes features designed to support student learning and safety, such as premium creative assets, student-friendly Adobe Stock images, safe search for images and videos, the ability to create and export PDFs, and an option that enables IT admins to restrict sharing, and more.​

Adobe Creative Cloud Express resources on the Adobe Education Exchange

The Adobe Education Exchange has a wide range of new and re-branded resources to help teachers integrate Adobe Creative Cloud Express into the classroom. Click here to find out more.

Adobe Creative Cloud Express clips on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel

Other Adobe Creative Cloud Express information & resources:

Share this news with all your colleagues and let them know that Adobe Creative Cloud is now accessible for everyone.


Register for the 2022 Adobe TeachMeets

Each Adobe TeachMeet session involves a variety of great professional learning opportunities for new and experiences users of Adobe tools in Education. Click here to register for the planned 2022 events and encourage your colleagues to get involved.


Coming events from Adobe for teachers

Share the following URL with your colleagues and wider education networks to help promote a range of coming events from the ANZ Adobe in Education Team – https://adobe.ly/eduevents. Note that teachers outside of ANZ are very welcome.


The explainer video challenge – international student competition

As part of the Adobe in a Box is a project-based series, we are running an international competition titled The explainer video challenge to encourage students to create a 1 to 2 minute video explaining a concept. Open to student 13+, prizes include a mobile video production kit as well as 1:1 coaching with an Adobe content producer. Click here to find out more.


Special events for NSW & Victorian teachers & students

  • Click here for Adobe Teacher Professional Learning events for NSW Department of Education teachers in 2022
  • Click here for Adobe Teacher Professional Learning events for Victorian Department of Education & Training teachers in 2022
  • Click here to register your Year 5-9 students for a 2022 Adobe Creativity Challenge

April 2022 Holiday Premiere Pro video intensive workshop for Vic & NSW students and any teacher

Victorian and NSW teachers are encouraged to register themselves and their (Year 9-12) students for the April 2022 Holiday Video Challenge. This is a free and online 2.5 day intensive workshop with Adobe Premiere Pro. No prior experience is required other than a interest in taking video production to the next level with this industry standard software.

There are two iPads, Apple Pencils and an DJI Pocket Gimble/Camera up for grabs for the best showcased work.

Share this opportunity with your Vic & NSW teaching colleagues via – adobe.ly/video-workshop22


RMIT – now an Adobe Creative Campus

Big news from RMIT – they are now an Adobe Creative Campus, providing all RMIT students and staff individual subscriptions of Adobe Creative Cloud. This is following on from the success of Swinburne University as Australia’s first Adobe Creative Campus. Click here to read more.


Inject Creativity Live episode 55

The final Inject Creativity Live episode for 2021 was episode 55 and we announced the winners of the 2021 ANZ Adobe Education Leaders of the Year – Craig Daalmeijer-Power (NSW), Juliette Bentley (QLD) & Mark Christie (NT). Ross Johnson also shared some of the work he has been doing with Adobe tools and assessment in NSW.


During the holidays, catch up on some of Tacy Trowbridge’s amazing podcasts for The Creative Educator. In the most recent installment, Adobe’s Brian Johnsrud joins Tacy to discuss lessons learned, the process of community-building, and creative instructional strategies for the year ahead.


EduMAX 2021 recap: Together for student success around the globe

Click here to read Sebastian Distefano’s blog post that recaps what was EduMax 2021.


Check out the latest from the …

Click here to see recent updates to teaching resources and professional learning opportunities on the Adobe Education Exchange.


DigiCon Conference

Adobe will again be involved with the fully inline DigiCon conference Feb 21-24. Click here for more information.


National Education Summit – Melbourne & Brisbane

Adobe is proud to be involved in the 2022 National Education Summits planned for Brisbane & Melbourne.

Click here to find out more about the Melbourne event on June 17 & 18 and here for the Brisbane event on August 5 & 6.


Australasian Adobe Education Community on Facebook

If you haven’t already, please do join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook group to keep regularly up to date with the world of Adobe in Education for the Australasian region.


Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!


Inject Creativity Live – Dec 7, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live show recorded on 7th December featured Adobe Education Leader Ross Johnson (NSW Department of Education) sharing assessment options with Adobe tools. We also announced the winners of the 2021 ANZ Adobe Education Leader of the Year.

Here is Erin’s summary Spark Page

The next episode is planned to be recorded on Wed 9th Feb at 6.30 PM AEDT. Click here to register for the next episode and other planned Adobe Education events for the APAC region.

Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.

Click here to keep up to date with coming Adobe in Education events.

Join the next Adobe TeachMeet event and encourage your colleagues to get involved via – https://adobe.ly/teachmeets

Adobe Education Exchange Curations

FREE lessons, projects, activities, and courses

Click here to access a list of some of the most popular curations created by the Adobe for
Education team for the Adobe Education Exchnage. The curations are generally organized by academic subject or discipline, grade level, project type, or partner.


Adobe Creativity Challenge – Victoria

Over 400 students from 10 Victorian schools registered for a recent Adobe Creativity Challenge.

Adobe Creative Challenges are all about working with a team to design & share a digital solution to a problem. In this case, the problem was that many people tend to rush the important process of good hand hygiene. The solution was to work in a team of between 3 and 5 to produce either a 1 min video, webpage or poster.

The students had less than 1 week to work with their groups and some were not able to meet the deadline but we emphasised that the process is just as important as the outcome and praised their efforts.

Problem solving, collaboration, digital literacy and creativity are vital skills for students to develop and all were on show during this challenge.

Here are some of the submissions that were showcased live last Wednesday with parental/guardian permission to be published…

Rivercrest Christian College

Video by Coco, Varsha, Jessica & Elysha

Academy of Mary Immaculate

Spark Page webpage including videos by Alice, Evie & Elise

Rivercrest Christian College

Video by Kiara, Ari, Harini & Brodie

Newtown Primary School

Video by Myah, Ivy, Edie, James and Seb

Rivercrest Christian College

Spark Page webpage including videos by Bhavreen, Aikamjot, Lily & Viv

Rivercrest Christian College

Video by Raquel, Kai, Ray and Nazier

Inject Creativity Live – 17th Nov, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live show recorded on 17th November featured Adobe Education Leaders Ali Blackwell (WA) and Mark Christie (NT). The app focus for this episode was the making vector art with Adobe Illustrator and using the anchor link feature within Spark Page. Clara Galan from Adobe’s Global Education Team also joined us.

Here is Erin’s summary Spark Page

The next episode will be recorded on Wed 1st Dec at 6.30 PM AEDT. Click here to register for the next episode and other planned Adobe Education events for the APAC region.

Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.

Click here to keep up to date with coming Adobe in Education events.

Join the next Adobe TeachMeet event and encourage your colleagues to get involved via – https://adobe.ly/teachmeets

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – November, 2021

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Welcome to the November 2021 edition of the Australasia Adobe in Education Update Newsletter.

This edition includes:

  • Adobe Max review
  • New Adobe TeachMeets program
  • Inject Creativity Live
  • Student Creativity Challenge – Victoria
  • Video Editing Workshop 2022
  • Adobe in a Box with Khan Academy
  • Livestreams
  • Inject Creativity Live
  • News from DLTV
  • New resources on the Adobe Education Exchange – and more …

How good was Adobe Max!

Adobe Max logo 2021

Free, online and on-demand, Adobe Max was outstanding again this year with so many amazing presenters sharing new Adobe tools and features as well as great ideas on how to use the Adobe Creative. This year, there was a special education track and content can be viewed via – max.adobe.com/sessions/educators/.

Click here for Dr Kitchen’s published summary of Max highlights.

Have a look at this Adobe blog about new features announced during the 2021 Adobe Max Conference.


Adobe TeachMeets

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The first of the new series of Adobe TeachMeets were held live and online on November 10 & 11 with over 100 registrations and 10 different topics all aimed to help develop teachers digital literacy, communication & creativity skills.

83% of participants who completed the feedback strongly agreed and 17% agreed that they would recommend these sessions to others.

Get involved in the next sessions on Nov 24 & 25 and click here to register for the 2022 Adobe TeachMeets.


Adobe Creative Educator Program

Over 42,000 teachers have enrolled in at least level 1 of the Adobe Creative Education program. Click here to find out more and share with your colleagues. This program is not about Adobe, it’s about creativity in education. If you prefer to be guided through level 1, register for the next Be a Creative Educator live course.


Register for free coming events from Adobe

Share the following URL with your colleagues and wider education networks to help promote a range of coming events from the ANZ Adobe in Education Team – https://adobe.ly/eduevents. Note that teachers outside of ANZ are very welcome to also register for most events.


Creativity Challenges for NSW & Victorian students

Throughout 2022, we are running Adobe Creativity Challenges for NSW & Victorian students in years 5-9 with a focus on encouraging students to work with a team to design & share a digital solution to a brief or a problem with your Adobe tools. Get your school involved and share this opportunity.

Have a look at this submission from a recent Adobe Creativity Challenge from Rivercrest College in Victoria …

  • Click here for Adobe Teacher Professional Learning events for NSW Department of Education teachers in 2022
  • Click here for Adobe Teacher Professional Learning events for Victorian Department of Education & Training teachers in 2022

April 2022 Holiday Premiere Pro video intensive workshop for Vic & NSW students and any teacher

Victorian and NSW teachers are encouraged to register themselves and their (Year 9-12) students for the April 2022 Holiday Video Challenge. This is a free and online 2.5 day intensive workshop with Adobe Premiere Pro. No prior experience is required other than a interest in taking video production to the next level with this industry standard software.

There are two iPads, Apple Pencils and an DJI Pocket Gimble/Camera up for grabs for the best showcased work.

Share this opportunity with your Vic & NSW teaching colleagues via – adobe.ly/video-workshop22


Adobe in a Box with Khan Academy

We’ve recently launched Adobe in a Box with Khan Academy, a project-based series for learners of all ages! In the first module, learners of all ages can practice creative thinking and video editing skills while developing an explainer video. They’ll get help along the way with tips, guidance, and structured activities from experts at Khan Academy and Adobe.


The explainer video challenge – international student competition

As part of the Adobe in a Box is a project-based series, we are running an international competition titled The explainer video challenge to encourage students to create a 1 to 2 minute video explaining a concept. Open to student 13+, prizes include a mobile video production kit as well as 1:1 coaching with an Adobe content producer. This video explains more:


Explore Adobe and Khan Academy lessons, projects, and activities

Teach creativity in Science, Mathematics, Humanities and other curriculum areas with this resources from Adobe and Khan Academy. These unique resources encourage students to apply creative and communication skills across science, humanities, social science, and digital media as they make videos, infographics, websites, presentations, and more.


Livestreams

Community livestreams, conferences, and free learning events for developing creative and digital skills in all students and subjects. Explore here.

Have a look at the most recent Inject Creativity Live episode …

Here is Dr Kitchen’s post about this episode


The Climate Change Challenge

This challenge is designed to get you thinking about solutions, both big and small, that could reduce climate change. Use Spark Page or Spark Video to bring your writing to life! Share this with your English, Humanities & Science colleagues.


Spotlight on the Adobe Education Exchange

Self-paced course

Inspire students to develop game-changing skills with our Cultivating Digital Literacy course

Adobe’s creative tools can support digital literacy initiatives and provide all students with life and career skills. In this self-paced course, you’ll learn what digital literacy is, how it enhances students’ lives and careers, and the impact it has on student success. Enroll here.

Curation

New curation: teaching media literacy in social science, humanities, and STEM

Explore a brand-new resource collection designed to help you create an engaged and conscientious classroom; cultivate students’ interest in current events; and explore digital topics like UI/UX design, civic responsibility, and media analysis. Explore here.

Challenge

Media literacy challenge kits

In this activity sequence, primary and middle school students use Adobe Spark to introduce themselves to their peers, reflect on the qualities that make them who they are, and practice using digital tools to represent themselves online. Find out more here.

In this expanded activity sequence, students in high school and college draft a digital citizenship compact, examine and reflect on their digital footprints, and create a video introducing themselves to their classmates. Find out more here.

Teaching resources

This collection of dynamic, engaging activities is designed to help students practice critical thinking and problem-solving and to provide a bridge between self-regulated learning and digital content-creation practices. Explore here.

Explore lesson plans and projects designed to help students reflect on the relationship between humans and nature and consider ways they can help fight climate change. Explore here.

In this activity sequence, students use an XD template to design a mobile app for reviewing ecology materials. Use as-is or substitute alternative content to fit your syllabus. Explore here.


DigiCon – Call for presentations

DLTV is pleased to invite submissions for the next DigiCon event, to be held from the 21st to 24th February 2022 on a fully online platform. This exciting event will bring together educators and experts from around the country over four afternoons of events. Click here to submit your submission.

Have a look at a recent Adobe Spark webinar with Adobe & DLTV


Australasian Adobe Education Community on Facebook

If you haven’t already, please do join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook group to keep regularly up to date with the world of Adobe in Education for the Australasian region.


Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!


Adobe TeachMeets – great professional learning & networking

Last Wednesday & Thursday, the new Adobe TeachMeets program commenced with over 100 registrations and 10 different topics all aimed to help develop teachers digital literacy, communication & creativity skills.

Here are some of the feedback comments:

  • We learnt new things, shared stories and encountered challenges to be researched while thinking about how this could be delivered to students in classes.
  • A highlight was seeing how InDesign can be used practically in schools for day to day (not just visual arts/design people)
  • It was so relevant and being able to ask questions for clarification makes these TeachMeets fantastic.
  • Lightroom is exactly what I needed. Brett did an amazing session covering all the basic and advance features to get the job done easily next time. Thanks Brett and Adobe.
  • Adobe TeachMeets is a great opportunity to network.
  • 88% strongly agreed that the content was relevant and useful. Everyone else agreed.
  • 70% strongly agreed that the overall quality of these sessions was excellent. Everyone else agreed.
  • 83% strongly agreed that they would recommend these sessions to others. Everyone else agreed.

Note the next opportunity to be involved in an Adobe TeachMeet:

Wednesday November 24, 2021 – 4 PM AEDT

  • Topic 1 – Spark Page (A new way of presenting assignments) with Michael Turner
  • Topic 2 – Rush (Using Rush to support Video newsletters) with Lauren Sayer
  • Topic 3 – Premiere Pro (Cinematic VR and 360 video production) with Dr Max Schleser
  • Topic 4 – Photoshop (Making your own typeface in Photoshop) with Craig Daalmeijer-Power
  • Topic 5 – Aero (Creating Augmented Reality experiences on your desk) with Steve Nichols

Thursday November 25, 2021 – 4 PM AEDT

  • Topic 1 – Spark Post (Simple browser based desktop publishing) with Erin Raethke
  • Topic 2 – XD (Design thinking in XD) with Craig Daalmeijer-Power
  • Topic 3 – After Effects (Fun stuff in AE for beginners/intermediate) with Mark Woszczalski
  • Topic 4 – Audition (Audio recording, manipulation & podcasting) with Brett Kent
  • Topic 5 – Character Animator (Build a hand drawn character from scratch) with Kev Lavery

Click here to find out more and register. Please share this link with you colleagues via https://adobe.ly/teachmeets

Note that we deliberately do not record these session because they are aimed to be live hands-on workshop. So only register if you are able to attend live.

If you prefer on-demand options, click here to see what is currently available via the Adobe Education Exchange and also share these options with your colleagues and wider education networks.