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Classwork Is Getting Boring.. Group Projects are the Future!

This idea is a UK secondary school, project based course and feedback scheme that builds skills in creativity in gradual and activity based steps. This would be implemented in schools and taught as part of the curriculum, building creative confidence

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Howdoes it work? At the beginning of the course simple activities and tasks will be set. The students will be continually assessed based on the progression made. As they progress the tasks become more complex and more collaborative projects.

You build these activities around content areas that need to be learned for example, in science, design an experiment. In maths design an approach to solving a practical problem, in English design a PR campaign, in business design a product, etc, etc. That way, creativity is learned, not just as a skill in its own right, but also as a technique to get a better understanding of the rest of the curriculum. So it becomes embedded.

This course would use a non-competitive group reward/badging system such as those used in musical instrument testing (grades) and martial arts (Belts). The grades are given not on the answer itself but on the route to that answer i.e. contributions/collaborations. Groups will work together on tasks and achieving goals and as they learn and improve, their ‘grade’ will improve with them (See Rubric for Creativity). Apersonal feedback system will also be in place using the technique “Plussing”,where there is no negativity without progression. Only adding to the student’s ideas.

Grades are not transparently shared withothers so it’s not competative.

Whyis this a good idea? It would make the students ideas and creativity feel valued in school and build their individual creative confidence as part of group exercise.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

A handful of schools can offer this course and the results can be relayed back to see if progression takes place and if the students use their skills in other classes through monitoring the work.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

- Third world or less economically devolved countries could access free virtual tutors online and have basic activity packages/plans sent to schools.

- Mass events could take place where young people gather to create and collaborate on activities that last a short length of time.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

I feel input from educators (teachers, tutors etc.) and parents would be valued to help create appropriate activities and provide helpful and constructive feedback. Advice from educators about how assessment/grading should be done in the school environment.

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I like the working together idea it sure does work in the terns of building confidence.

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