Saturday, May 1, 2010

TED Talk - Creativity and Play

Here's a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking TED Talk that I recommend watching if you have 30 minutes this weekend. In this talk Tim Brown of IDEO, a design consultation firm, delivers some thought provoking comments about the role of play in developing creativity.

In his talk Brown discusses the importance of having a comfortable setting in developing creative ideas. Brown also shares ideas about why role-playing activities sometimes fail, but are important learning experiences none-the-less. Brown's talk is not specifically about education, but it certainly has applications for educators. The ideas about setting, has me rethinking the design of my classroom.

Aside from the ideas presented in the talk, Brown gives a good model for delivering an engaging keynote-style presentation. Watch the video below.

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