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How to Foster Creativity, No Matter Where Learning Takes Place

Ed Tech Magazine – Doug Konopelko and Mike Cicchetti

On an episode of Freakonomics Radio, researcher and Harvard Business School professor emerita Teresa Amabile defined creativity as “novelty that works.” This idea is also echoed throughout psychology. The traditional definition of creativity from the American Psychological Association includes two parts: originality and functionality. If there ever was a time when we needed something new and original that works, it’s now. Teachers and students are sailing uncharted waters as many schools return to a fully digital or hybrid learning environment this academic year. In response, educators need to make sure they aren’t addressing new challenges with old solutions.

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