Nine Things Minecraft Can Teach Us About Creativity and Learning

A few weeks ago, my son convinced me to download Minecraft on my iPad. He’s been playing it for a few weeks now and is at that stage where he is entering portals, creating drop world and doing parkour. Meanwhile, I’m at the basic level. I spent the first few hours trying to orient myself […]

How I’m Using Design Thinking to Develop a Free Resource for New Teachers

I need your help. In the next few weeks, I plan on creating a free resource for new teachers. I plan to use the LAUNCH Cycle (the design thinking framework that A.J. Juliani and I developed) to move from empathy and awareness into research and ideation, before eventually creating a beta concept. I want to […]

Want Students to Be More Creative? Try Adding More Play.

This post is an expansion of my latest short vlog post (video blog) that I’ve been doing each week. You can view it above or check it out toward the bottom of my post. If you like this video, please click “like” and share it with others. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. It would […]

How Action Research Sparks Innovation and Boosts Creativity in the Classroom

If you like this video, please click “like” and subscribe to my channelWhat happens when you give students exemplars? Do they simply copy the pre-existing examples? Do they fail to take creative risks? Do they internalize the idea that their work must fit a previous model? Does it implicitly tell students “this is what it […]

Be Fearless (My Mantra for 2017)

Here’s my second vlog post (video blog) on my YouTube Channel. I almost didn’t post it (which connects to this post’s topic). If you enjoy the content, please subscribe to my channel. It’s what helps people find the videos on YouTube. My son and I both love to draw. Sometimes we’ll sit right next to each other, two […]

This Simple Tweak in Goal-Setting Changed My Creative Output

In the past, I have focused almost entirely on product goals.  These goals were outcome-based, with a strong emphasis on finishing specific tasks by specific dates. An example might be, “Write one chapter every three days” or “post four blog posts per week.” Just to clarify, these goals were not extrinsic. They weren’t based on […]

Great Design Can Begin Anywhere (6 Starting Places for Design Thinking)

For the past five days, our yard has been canvased by a thick sheet of snow — well, thick for a southwestern guy who has just moved to the northwest. I’m pretty sure my friends in Michigan would call it a “dusting.” However, my kids have been throwing snowballs and making snow monsters and sledding […]

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Six Videos to Spark Creative Thinking

Limitations and challenges can be frustrating. However, they can also be the creative constraint that leads to problem-solving and divergent thinking. Over the years, I’ve learned that students love challenges that they find engaging, intriguing and meaningful. Some of these are practical and real-world. Others are fantastical and require a bold imagination. I want to […]

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Why We’re Letting Our Sons Have a YouTube Channel

My oldest son wants his own YouTube channel. He wants to film science experiments, modify maker projects and test out different “life hacks” to see if they actually work. He wants to film stuff with drones and make up his own challenges (think bottle flip or mannequin challenge). His younger brother wants to record Minecraft videos, […]

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Seven Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break

If you’re looking for a way to spark creative thinking each week, you might want to check out the free weekly creative thinking challenges. You can check them out on YouTube here. Like what you see there? Simply fill out this form and you’ll get a new video challenge sent straight to your inbox every […]