Driving the importance of creativity

Schedule info

Time slot: 

Thursday 2 October 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm


Meeting Room 6


  • Redefining Education


From an industrial society to a knowledge based society and now to a creative society. This presentation challenges teachers and school administrators to keep up with societies changes or risk being irrelevant in the 21st Century.

Numeracy and literacy skills are important but not at the expense of creativity, collaboration and communication skills. The role of the 21st century teacher is not to self-deliver content but to facilitate the understanding of key concepts and skills, cater for a range of learning styles and encourage the use of a range of tools that interconnect to help students construct learning and be creative.

Sir Ken Robinson says, “Creativity for me is not an option, it is an absolute necessity.” This presentation looks at some of the research surrounding the importance of creativity in education and provides samples of creativity being taught well using 21st Century industry standard tools in primary and secondary schools.

George Siemens says that technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn and learning needs and theories should be reflective of these underlying social environments. This presentation provides practical examples of connectivism in action through creative and effective professional learning models.

As Seymour Papert said in the 1980, well before the technology evolution in schools, “...with everybody having computers all the time, it is inconceivable that learning will be like it's been in the past. There will be new ways of learning. But it's up to you, and me, and all of us, to invent that future.” Those of us who are ICT Advocates, whether we are teaching the tools, administering the tools, making the tools or selling the tools, we all have a responsibility to help drive the importance of creativity and professional learning to lead much needed change in our life long education systems.

Session Info


  • Presentation


  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Tertiary Level
  • General audience