I reposted the article because of its relevance to our front line practice and maintaining my own efforts. I like its approach of recognizing the broader context creators/learners are working within, vital to any chance of flight ,or relevance.
Stephen Downes enewsletter and personal interpretation, brought me to it. He explains “Creativity isn’t something you have to have a special talent for. It is something that results from paying attention, following your own interests, and most of all, hard work. This is the gist of the message offered by Amy Burvall as she prefaces a list of ‘Jedi mind tricks’ to promote creativity (quoted and lightly edited (my own take in italics)):” See his own post here http://www.downes.ca/post/65294
Here is Amy Burvall’s article
I believe the greatest calling of an educator is to inspire one’s students to want to wonder and learn about things on their own, and to point them in the direction of tools (hardware, software, and mindware) they can use to facilitate their respective (life-long) learning pursuits. One perception of our responsibility is to prepare the youth under our influence for “the future“