Creativity in Education by Leonor Cristina Santos

Part of the series: Global Issues in Education

The 21st century is to content creators what the industrial revolution was to factory workers.
The demand for creative thinking is both a challenge and an opportunity.
Sometimes failure is an essential element of deep practice. Next analyze your errors, noting exactly where your performance didn’t match your ideal. Now try again. You’ll probably fail (remember that’s a good thing) but you’ll fail better. In Samuel Beckets’ words, “Who I was, who I wasn´t.” Meaning what?

Meaning I’m not what’s being said in the highest praise or the highest criticism.

People want three things simultaneously from your next endeavor: They love what you did, so
they want more of that. But they also want it to be totally different, because you have to show
that you’re reinventing yourself. And they want it to be better. So, no pressure there.
Done and done.

I am creating content to use in class and I really want to tell this story. I just have to give
myself permission to hope that my readers will grow up with me. I am learning here on Twitter and on Facebook.

Sometimes it is really hard because it is a lot of information, always being updated and I have to
cope with that. But if there is one thing I learned is that daring is the key. So learn, select, connect, recreate, create and share.

Creativity will come out as a mix somehow. Students will appreciate that and they will feel inspired to do the same even at home on their own. That’s my experience.

Here are a few views on creativity….

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Leonor Cristina Santos
Blog- TECHNOEDUCA+IVE: A new post. Creative ideas.
Twitter- @leocris (More ideas).
Professional corner on twitter @technolanguages

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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