6 Degrees of Possibilities - Creative Learning Tool

Created: 04/14/11
Last Edited: 12/04/12
Personal Project in conjunction with AIGA Chicago and No Right Brain Left Behind Design Challenge, a call to action to the creative design industries.

Working to develop design ideas that address the lack of right brain/creative thinking teaching in schools.
Cliche but true, we are teaching to test.

6 Degrees of Possibilities aims to encourage not only creative thinking and exploration of ideas in students, but teachers as well. Building on a collective knowledge of creativity and an environment (real in the classroom, or virtual on the web) where creative thinking, or more simply said, "thinking different" is encouraged.

I can look back and realize how lucky I was to be encouraged to "think different".
  • 6 Degrees of Possibilities
    Submission for No Right Brain Left Behind - Innovation Challenge
  • Excerpt:
    We no longer lose ourselves in a set of encyclopedias, exploring knowledge and making surprising discoveries.  Let’s create classroom worksheet for teachers that fosters a sense exploration and creative thinking in students. Making a subject interesting and memorable, makes it easier to understand and reinforces creative analytical thinking.

    We learn and remember best when we can make the information relate to ourselves. We understand the information better when we see how it could relate beyond the classroom – to our street, our community, city and beyond. How do we create the opportunity for sparks of A-HA! or intense creative questioning and discovery? These opportunities need to be re-woven into the daily school program, allowing students to see creative connections in everyday life, and how it’s all around us.

    An open-source worksheet template that would live on the web.
    This worksheet will ask students to creatively examine/explore a specific subject.

  • Teachers will input:
    - subject/idea for students to explore
    - supplementary information relevant to the subject
    - “6 degrees” students are to examine and explore
  • The worksheets creatively educate in several different ways:

    - Teachers have the opportunity to expand their assumptions of a given subject – to think outside of the box.
    - Students will be tasked to think creatively and explore an idea beyond the classroom setting.
    - The class as a whole can learn from eachother’s responses thru classroom discussion – deepening their own understanding of the subject matter.

    “What math means me to me, is something totally different than what math means to you.”

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