Lego Serious Play
LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® is about solving complex issues by building models using LEGO bricks. The metaphors in the models serve as the basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing and problem solving and help foster creative thinking and finding unique solutions. You might use this method with a team or faculty group if you were in the process of:
- increasing understanding
- creating a level playing field
- wanting to hear from all participants
- avoiding excuses
- exploring options or potential solutions
- making connections
- increasing motivation
- transforming learning across the curriculum
In 2010 the LEGO Group decided to offer the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Methodology as a community based model under the Creative Commons License Deed. Read the Open Source document for a description of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology and philosophy. There is so much really great stuff in this document. Well worth reading.
LSP for Education is (as the name suggests) focusing on K-12 students and is based around a variety of kits that can be used to do the same things as described above. This short video explains the concept:
The Future Project
I first came across The Future Project in 2013. It was a tiny start-up and was very much into sharing all of it's secrets and it's creative and innovative resources. Going back to it's website now, I see that it has taken off exponentially - which is awesome for the kids and the schools it will now reach. They do appear to have thinned down (eliminated?) the sharing of their resources though which is unfortunate. One of their best ideas was their Playbook. Thankfully, I am a pack-rat, and I wrote and asked if it was OK to download and use and they said yes and so I did and I saved it to my Drive. It is no longer on their website.
What is The Future Project?
The mission of TFP is clear: "We work with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person in this country." (this country, being the United States).
They do this through Dream Directors. Dream Directors provide coaching, offer courses, and apply culture-change techniques to create impact on two levels: building will and skill in students and improving the culture of the school.
The Future Project is grounded in nine key areas of research designed to build "will and skill":
- Growth Mindset
- 21st Century Skills
- Self efficacy
- School Culture
- Social and Emotional Learning
The other constructs that inform their work: goal-setting, grit, self-determination theory, inspiration, intrinsic motivation, collaborative leadership, student engagement, and imagination.
What is The Playbook?
The skills they will be ‘forced’ to use while working in The Playbook will stretch their thinking and challenge them intellectually, socially, creatively and emotionally. They will make connections across different subject areas and in different parts of their lives inside and outside of school, humanly and digitally.
One of the first "plays" is to write your own manifesto and display it publicly. My fifth graders did this four years ago and posted them around our school but also at public places they frequented: libraries, coffee shops, coaching places. Here are a couple of manifestos:
What do students say about The Future Project and the impact it is having on them?
“When you're thinking about a dream, it seems like it's light years away. So when I dance, I feel like it's not as far as I think it is. In fact it’s right in front of me. All I need to do is reach out and grab it." - Bryce, 15 years old.
…if we believe in an inherent right to learn in a modern context, how does that find its way into every child’s hands?
Modern Learners is more than a program. It is a movement for innovative, creative, thoughtful, measured, and action-oriented change in schools.
ML believes that "traditional ways of thinking about education deny students a basic right to learn." It is the mission of Modern Learners to "help every school leader become better informed to make better, more relevant decisions for the children they serve in this new, modern world of learning."
How is this a "Creativity Program"?
I think this program fits the criteria for inclusion because it does what needs to be done FIRST and that is get to the root of why we are hunting for ways to bring creativity BACK to the classroom. Modern Learners suggests (more accurately, demands) that educators take a hard look at what they are doing and why they are doing it and seek to implement change that will have lasting impact on students and schools.
If you haven't read this, please do. It is so good. Written by Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon, the whitepaper outlines 10 principles to consider if you want to implement a modern learning environment for your students.
The modern world demands that we create the conditions in our classrooms and schools where students have freedom to pursue their questions, not ours, where they can create their own curriculum, and design their own paths to mastery. Classrooms where they act as apprentice learners who work with teachers who are master learners, first and foremost, not where they are seen as “empty vessels to be filled with knowledge.” ML Whitepaper p.7
What are the 10 Principles?
- Modern Schools have clearly articulated and shared beliefs about learning.
- Modern Schools live a mission and a vision deeply informed by new contexts for learning.
- Modern Schools have cultures where personal, self-determined learning is at the center of student and teacher work.
- Modern Schools see curriculum as something that is co-constructed to meet the needs and interests of the child.
- Modern Schools embrace and emphasize real-world application and presentation to real audiences as assessment for learning.
- Modern Schools see transparency and sharing as fundamental to a powerful learning environment.
- Modern Schools use technology as an amplifier for learning, creating, connecting, communicating, and problem solving.
- Modern Schools develop and communicate in powerful ways new stories of learning, teaching, and modern contexts for schooling.
- Modern Schools encourage community wide participation in the equitable, effective education of children.
- Modern Schools embrace and anticipate constant change and evolution.
Virtual Reality for Everyone!
We are on a mission to bring amazing experiences to the world!
This is the tag-line of the Google VR suite of tools. You can check out the options for different VR platforms but I am going to share two of them: Cardboard and Expeditions.
Experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way. Cardboard is essentially a holder for your phone or tablet that allows you to view 360 Panoramic views of places you might never visit in real life. Check out this VR360 Playlist on Youtube for things to watch with Cardboard. Here is one example (drag inside player window to see 360 views)
Bring your lessons to life! Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.
I am a CREATOR.
And so are YOU!
Sharing the creativity that happens in your classroom/library/program can CREATE A WORLD OF GOOD in so many ways.
Explore ideas and Paths from educators around the world—and collaborate globally with classes and kids on creative challenges on any number of topics and themes.
The Wonderment is a place where:
- cultures can be preserved and shared
- technology expands rather than dilutes our communities
- everyone is a creator
- the things we create bring us together in amazing ways
How The Wonderment works:
The Wonderment was created by Kidnected World.
Click here to get started on The Wonderment.