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Education Leader Says The Arts Are Critical Components To Innovation

Creative problem solving is as important as STEM, and a day-long design-based hack-a-thon challenge in California is using project-based learning to put the focus on design and creativity instead of coding.

Lisa Gottfried, the Founder of Global Create-a-thon, tells C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, that the “project is completely student-created and student-run. All important decisions are made by the leadership team or the entire class.”

The internationally recognized Global Create-a-thon project allows students to create both digital and traditional artwork which is then presented to live audiences around the world, including at the upcoming Napa Lighted Art Festival, January 11-19, 2020. Students own their learning in a way they would not experience with other school projects. “Where else can students get the chance to have their artwork seen by over 20,000 visitors on a 70-foot-long wall?” Gottfried believes that when the stakes are high and the risk is big, “the payoff in student buy-in is palpable.”

Lisa Gottfried is the Founder of Global Create-a-thon. She is recognized internationally for innovation in education. She is an Adobe Education Leader and teaches Digital Design at New Technology High School. She is also an adjunct professor for Touro University, California in the Innovative Education Master’s program.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st-century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers.

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