Liked The #globalthankswondercut project (

If you were to write a love letter to the world what would it be? A Crowdsourced Creativity Project In the midst of this global pandemic and subsequent isolation, I think about my friends and acquaintances all over the globe…they are gazing at the same moon, after all. This brought me to putting out a creative challe

Replied to #rawthought: What’s the Big Idea? A Thematic, Inter-disciplinary Approach by amyburvallamyburvall (AmusED)

Why not center the entire school-wide curriculum around umbrella concepts that spur big (and little) questions? I’m talking total multi-generational and interdisciplinary. I’ve previously pondered a curriculum derived from the lenses of philosophy and the arts (I’m still loving that idea), but I wanted to play with what grande topics could be the anchors of study.

Love this idea Amy. Wonder how it differs from Kath Murdoch’s discussion of throughlines.
Bookmarked It’s Ama-Zine! (

When I was thinking about running an Zine making workshop at OER19, Catherine Cronin encouraged me to reach out to potential co-collaborators. I’m really glad I followed such sage wisdom. Amy Burvall is one of the most creative educators I know, and while we beavered away on our proposal, I realised that Amy brought a completely fresh perspective on what I thought I knew a little about. In fact, it wasn’t long before Amy had educated me on Zine culture and the many different approaches to making a Zine.

Bryan Mathers reflects upon his session run with Amy Burvall at OER19 designing a zine. I love the way that Amy Burvall creates the conditions for learning This reminds me of a session I ran a few years ago at DLTV focusing on QuickMakes, just different.
Watched Crushing It With Creativity: The Virtual Summit Keynote by Amy Burvall from

This past Friday I stayed up till midnight as I had the privilege to offer the opening keynote for EdTechTeam’s “The Virtual Summit”, EU edition. EdTechTeam Press published my book with Dan Ryder, Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, and this event seemed perfect since its theme was “Creativity”.

Liked Creativity is not a dirty word by an author (

Creativity is a way of approaching the world…a way of being and thinking.
It’s both passive and active.

It’s consumption and production.

It’s observation and implementation.

It’s remix and novelty.

It’s simplification and elaboration.

It’s destruction and abstraction as much as it is creation.

It’s easy to fall in love with and easy to abhor.

It’s pain as much as it is elation – after all, the etymology of “passion” is suffering.

Bookmarked If These Walls Could Talk: 3 Ideas For a Creative Classroom Culture by @amyburvall by Amy Burvall (Teacher Tech)

The more creative thinking strategies are embedded in our cultures (whether it be the classroom, home, or workplace), the more we are purposeful about practicing creativity – the more creative we will become. So yes, one CAN “teach” creativity to a certain extent, but it is probably more effective if creative strategies become ROUTINE, seamlessly integrated into daily life in the classroom.

Amy Burvall dives into the world of creativity. She explains that this does not have to be seperate from our exploration of knowledge and ideas, rather they are the routines that helps makes it possible. She provides three such examples: a wonderwall, visual metaphors and the articulating reason. It is interesting to contrast this with Jennifer Buckingham’s concerns with the crowded curriculum. This series of posts also offers a good introduction to Burvall’s work.
Watched Creativity Tips #11-20 for #LDvid30 from AmusED

I can’t believe I’ve finished 20 of these – 10 more to go! I’ve really enjoyed coming up with something each day…particularly trying to correlate with a daily event or a metaphor I’ve come across in my day-to-day living. Most amusing, of course, are all the “fails” from the voice recognition….maybe that will be a blooper roll.

Amy continues her creativity tips with another set.
Liked Intelligence Having Fun: Keynoting Learning Technologies Summer Forum 2018 in London (AmusED)

What does “creativity” have to do with “learning technologies”, the future of work, working with teams in the corporate sector? Why does something so seemingly esoteric need to be unpacked? Can an abstract concept like “creativity” be made relevant and practical to folks who need useful strategies they can implement tomorrow?

Bookmarked Learning for learning’s sake (

Setting aside the importance of hobbies and the amateur spirit, what worries me the most is this faulty idea that you should only spend time learning about things if they have a definite “ROI.” Creative people are curious people, and part of being a creative person is allowing yourself the freedom to let your curiosity lead you down strange, divergent paths. You just cannot predict how what you learn will end up “paying off” later.Who’s to say what is and what isn’t professional development? (An audited calligraphy class winds up changing the design of computers, etc.)

Austin Kleon responds to the challenge associated with ‘learning for learning’s sake’. He suggests that we need to invest in hobbies and curiosity, just as much as we focus on ‘return on investment’.

This is the trouble we often have with schools, of course: When education is seen as an investment, we decide what students should be spending time on based on what is shown (or believed, rather) to have a return on investment in the marketplace. (And not that we really have any idea.)

This reminds me of Amy Burvall’s point that “in order to connect dots, one must first have the dots”. Also, Janice Kaplan discusses the importance of engaging with curiosity.
In this creativity tip, Amy Burvall talks about the idea of doing enough to feel that you have played a part in the process. This is called the ‘IKEA Effect’s, after the company that has made its name supporting people in the construction of flatpacked creations.

The IKEA effect is a cognitive bias in which consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they partially created.source

For me, this is what makes the #IndieWeb (and DoOO) special. It provides the tools and techniques to make and manage your own creations on the web, without starting from scratch.

Replied to Creativity Tips Vlog Series: 1-10 #LDvid30 (AmusED)

Thanks to the inspiration of @karenmolonely of Sydney and my friend Helen Blunden of Melbourne I’ve taken up the challenge of recording a short (under 3 min) video each day and contributing t…

I love this Amy. It reminds me of microcasts. The rawness and reflective nature. I am also reminded of George Couros’ idea of #EDUin30 based on Twitter’s constraint of 30 seconds.

Another thing you could do is add your videos to Huffduffer using Ryan Barrett’s bookmarklet for video. This would allow you to create a quasi-podcast from your vlogs, although it would be temporary as Barrett only holds the audio stripped from YouTube for 30 days. It is a start though.

Replied to Treading on Dreams: The Art of the #lookdown by Amy Burvall (AmusED)

Recently on a trip to Vancouver, Canada and Australia I decided to make a point of archiving some of the magnificent surfaces beneath my boots, and entitled the series #thesebootsaremadeforwalking.

It is fascinating to think about this idea Amy, having been in the middle of a conversation when you spotted your unicorn:

Amy's Canberra Unicorn

I had a similar experience with Alan Levine when I met up with him in Melbourne:

“Pick Your Lift” by cogdogblog is licensed under CC0

Having followed both of your work for some time, it was intriguing to see it all unfold serendipitously in real time.

In part I guess this falls under the wider notion of transparency, yet is somehow different. It is the context that often sits outside of the page (or post). Rather than worrying about which ‘tool’ the artist uses, it provides an insight into the life of the artist.

When I think about my own habits, I feel I am curious when it comes to the digital world, but could be more open to the physical world. For example, I recently discovered an initiative via Ian O’Byrne where trees in Melbourne are assigned an email address. To be fair, I love to go walking, but am often to busy in thought to notice the thriving world around me, let alone at my feet. This initiative at least helped call that out.

I found this the best thing about your sessions in Canberra. It is almost as if they provide ‘permission’ to somehow let go and be curious.

Maybe like Adrian Camm’s ‘permission to innovate’:

Permission to Innovate (Adrian Camm)

Permission to Innovate

Maybe you could give out literal permission to be curious cards?