ISQ - 30 July 2015

Jenene’s DRAFT Curriculum Innovation paper and workshop participant workbook has been placed in a Dropbox, with the 3 PowerPoint presentations shared today. These can be found using the links below:


  • Creativity should have the same status as literacy.
  • Solving problems sparks curiosity and creativity.
  • Conversely, giving the learner too much information can kill that buzz.
  • We need creative problem-solvers for our future.
  • Learning happens best when it's social, collaborative, has meaning and is on the learner's terms.

1. Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra's research shows children are capable of learning complex concepts on their own. He asks whether we still have the need for teachers of content, or if a nurturing grandmother is more effective.

2. Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer is the Maths teacher I wanted. He creates problems that students want to solve. What do you prefer: 'Two and a Half Men' or 'Deadwood'?

3. Daphne Koller

Free education? That the learner can choose? Sounds good to me. As does hearing that procrastination could be a global phenomenon. I prefer to think that deadlines stimulate creativity.

4. Dan Pink

Dan Pink outlines three key ingredients for engaging learners of any age: mastery, purpose and autonomy. Watch his talk and then read his book, 'Drive'.

5. Sir Ken Robinson

Everything this man says is brilliant. And funny. Watch this one and then watch his other talks.