A plan for creative exploration
We often hear about, and many of us openly attest to, the value of two essential skills today’s students will need to succeed beyond high school: creativity and critical thinking. Additionally, there are movements afoot that encourage teachers to provide students with opportunities to amplify their voice and make choices in the context of schoolwork.
But between those developmental goals and well-intentioned directives are teachers and students who need techniques to turn the concept of creativity into practical educational experiences and meaningful projects. It’s not enough to only provide direction, but a tool to help students get there.
There's been a lot of talk in recent years about the benefits of constraint on creativity. Simply put, absolute creative freedom can be quite limiting. (Check out this quick TED-Ed video for a fun take on the concept.
This is why it's important to provide students a scaffold on which they can mount their ideas and insights. When engaged in video creation, students may struggle with the multitude of options available to them: the sequence of their video story, the variety of media available to incorporate, and identifying concepts that are most effective for sharing their stories.
Educators must be equipped to provide guidance, without guiding the student’s hand; structure without obstruction. With that in mind, I have developed a creativity protocol. Teachers can use the questions, prompts and inspiration below to help their students more effectively design, plan, and storyboard options as they engage in video creation projects.
4C’s of Planning for Creativity
There are few things as daunting as a blank page or an empty timeline. In a sense, the 4C’s of Planning for Creativity provides a rubric for enabling inspiration to flourish and be assessed in project-based learning. The concepts offered by the 4C’s are as applicable to other edtech-based and creative endeavors, as they are to video creation.