|Creator amidst his Creative "Mess"|
The drive to create is natural. Creating things can get messy.
At last count there were over 45 instances of original creations in this scattering of legos in the picture to the left. To many, this room is "a mess".
Creativity isn't interested in neat. Creativity isn't interested in being organized. It is focused on bringing into existence something new. Something original. It is novel.
Being creative and creating things is empowering. Cleaning up is not. Cleaning up a creative "mess" requires a different part of the brain and is the opposite process (but it can bring a certain sense of satisfaction.) Of course, cleaning up is necessary. However, it can wait. I'd rather encourage creativity in the moment than limit it by insisting on neat and tidy (and quiet) right now.
What a magical time to be alive- with so many apps and tools at our disposal to Create and Learn. For Kids and Adults . And, of course, there's This.
Admittedly, the number of tools and apps to engage creativity, assist and empower students to learn better has become overwhelming. How to encourage and implement creativity and scale technology integration for learning in classrooms, consistently, remains a challenge. The current climate in Education doesn't make it easy but it is high time for all schools and districts to identify and promote their technology 'pioneers' to help sort through the 'mess' of options and assist new, willing technology integrators one classroom at a time so that students can begin to enjoy school as a place where they can follow their interests, engage in what matters and make sense of the world by creating their own artifacts of learning. Our young creators are depending on it.