Classrooms do not promote nearly enough creativity and innovation. Here's how they can start


PLCs-communitiesEd. note: Innovation In Action is a monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education.

Establishing a classroom that guides and supports students in developing their abilities to innovate and create is not often covered in teacher education or in-service professional development.

Nor does learning about creativity or the skills that are drawn on in the creative act figure strongly in commonly implemented curricula or standards.

On the other hand, our society looks to...

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About the Author:

Mark Gura is the author of the forthcoming ISTE book, “Make, Learn, Succeed: Building a Culture of Creativity in Your School” (May 2016). The former director of instructional technology of the New York City Department of Education, Gura began his career as a visual art teacher, giving him an unusual perspective from which to understand the important role digital resources must play in fostering student creativity and innovation, a crucial next step in education. In addition to heading up ISTE’s Literacy Professional Learning Network, he teaches online graduate courses for Touro College and New York Institute of Technology.