Online Conference: Embrace the creativity amidst Covid-19 crisis

ONLINE CONFERENCE :

EMBRACE THE CREATIVITY AMIDST COVID -19 CRISIS

on United Nation's World Creativity and Innovation Day 21 April 2020

 

Council for Creative Education (CCE) Finland cordially invites you to participate and explore the
Online Conference: Embrace the Creativity amidst Covid-19 Crisis

Council for Creative Education in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä cordially invites you to the Online Conference on Embrace the Creativity amidst COVID-19 Crisis. The conference is organized to celebrate the United Nation’s World Creativity and Innovation Day (https://www.un.org/en/events/creativityday/) and in the same time to reflect on the current situation of the whole world, which is in great pain and grief due to the pandemic. Amongst these gloomy times, there are many of us, who are fighting with courage and finding new ways to cope with the unusual situation. Creativity is at a peak in such circumstances where you need to be innovative in your day-to-day life, work and survival. 

 

UNESCO has declared April 21st as the World Creativity and Innovation Day in the year 2018.

Let’s listen to the stories about the fight and innovation across many nations especially in the field of education in our Online Conference on the World Creativity and Innovation Day, 21st April 2020.

​This event is free for everyone. This is a pre-event for our upcoming 7th Symposium in November 2020.

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Part - 1:  All pre-recorded videos from the speakers will be streamed on various days, on the following platforms like CCE's YouTube channel, Facebook and also on the Website.

Sessions will be broadcasted as follows:

 

Time: 11:00 (UTC+03 Finland) and 13:30 (UTC+05:30 India)

Session 1 - 16 April 2020

Session 2 - 17 April 2020

Session 3 and Keynote - 18 April 2020

All these sessions will be broadcasted together on 21st April again from 10:00 to 12:30 (UTC + 03 Finland)

Part - 2: Live Interaction with speakers

 

Time Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins including short breaks

Date: 21 April 2020

Time: 

13:00 to 16:30 (UTC+03 Finland) 

15:30 to 19:00 (UTC+05:30 India)

05:00 to 08:30 (UTC-4 Washington, DC, USA)

Speakers' Video Session

Video sessions will also be streamed on CCE Facebook and CCE's YouTube Channel.

 

SESSION 1:

Creativity & Innovation for Organizing Teaching and Learning During Covid-19 Crisis / Q&A

LIVE INTERACTION WITH SPEAKERS:

Kati Clements, Sanna Mehtälä, Tiina Mäkelä, Zhao Yuqian, Luisa Lenta, Huei Syuan Lin & Ing Ru Chen

PresenterDr. Kati Clements and Saana Mehtälä (Finland)

Title of PresentationFinding ways to share good practices for organizing teaching during the COVID-19 Crisis

Abstract:- The COVID-19 crisis has had widespread effects on how daily life is organized in many countries. This includes teaching practices, as education institutions are closing their doors, forcing teachers to move their education online. This is a major challenge even for teachers who might have experience of using online tools in education, as the situation leaves out the possibility for blended learning. To address this need and observe the potentially fundamental changes happening in teaching practices right now, we created the Facebook group “Organizing teaching during the COVID-19 crisis”. We hope that the group discussions encourage teachers to share their good practices with their peers and spark interest in technology-enhanced teaching.

PresenterTiina Mäkelä (Finland)

Title of Presentation“Moment of truth in distance learning”: Expert support for educators, parents and learners during Covid-19 crisis in Finland

Abstract:- This presentation presents one spontaneous and voluntary action that took place in Finland during the Covid-19 crisis: hundreds of Finnish experts in distance learning joined their forces in order to create support for educators, parents, and learners coping with the school closure. Collaborative writing efforts supported by massive video conference sessions led to the creation of a wikibook “Moment of truth in distance learning” (in Finnish “Etäopetuksen näytön paikka”) in only a few days.

PresenterZhao Yuqian (Finland)

Title of PresentationDistance Education of Playful Coding for Children in Hubei Province During the COVID-19 Crisis

Abstract:- After the COVID-19 epidemic broke out, various regions of China were lockdown. Hubei Province, the worst affected area, was severely shut down and schools are now teaching main courses online. In response to the change of my pupils' psychology, life, and their learning methods during the epidemic crisis, I have designed corresponding coursewares for distance coding teaching. This presentation is to share the experience.

PresenterLuisa Lenta (Italy)

Title of PresentationThe Red Zone: Isolated but Connected

Abstract:- Since the very beginning of the lockdown I tried to keep alive ” My teaching style”, the one my pupil was used to.It is based on Creativity, Collaboration, Connections (share emotions, feelings, co-bilt lessons/learnings, learning maths through movement, daily life events, positive attitude).
In my school, we were not prepared at the beginning. Eventually, we managed to use the available technology and teach online. We are trying to do our best with what we have to involve parents and children in the learning process: messages and videos on WhatsApp, Google Meets, webinars, online lessons, and emails. I would like to share some practical tips that I found very useful and helped me a lot at the beginning and also some events I organized in these weeks. Before mid-February 2020 no one could indicate on a map of Italy where Codogno is. No one had ever heard the name of it and no wonder: the province of Lodi is in Lombardy the administrative region with the highest density of population in Italy.
Codogno is just one of the many towns that form a strongly interconnected network, and where all the inhabitants know each other.

 

PresenterIng Ru Chen and Huei Syuan Lin (Taiwan)

Title of PresentationSTEAM Movement and Developing Critical Skills for Critical Times in Taiwan for the Youth by the Youth

Abstract:- Not only do education trends evolve over time, but also generations. As youths holding viewpoints of both students and educators, we attempt to enrich Taiwan's STEAM environment by bridging the effort of government, NGOs and international organizations. Through the development of STEAM courses combined with Sustainable Development Goals and local issues, we bring students' ideas and solutions into public perspectives, try to ultimately construct the cycle of STEAM movement for the youth by the youth.

SESSION 2:

Creativity & Innovation for Learning About COVID-19 Crisis / Q&A

LIVE INTERACTION WITH SPEAKERS:

Paul Hildebrandt, Kristof Fenyvesi, Mike Acerra, Thierry (Noah) Dana-Picard & Janika Leoste

 

PresenterPaul Hildebrandt (USA)

Title of PresentationViruses and Hyperspace

Abstract:- A virus is a mobile, modular munitions plant for producing weapons of micro-destruction. Smaller than visible light, this “bio-crystal” is inert as a rock, until it drains your life force to clone itself with robotic precision. COVID-19 has icosahedral symmetry: the outer protein shell is a minimum energy surface that looks like a geodesic sphere. You can build a “pincushion” model of this virus with the Zometool. Find out how it’s related to the 6th dimension! 

PresenterMike Acerra (USA)

Title of PresentationHands-on Modeling and STEAM Learning about viruses, including COVID-19 with LUX BLOX

Abstract:- Lux Blox was created to promote the understanding of nature's dynamic in-between through Hands-on Experience. We live in a universe where things move and change their shape. The dynamic states in the metamorphosis of living and nonliving things are fascinating and significant and can and should be experienced by young children through hands-on "play" activities. Understanding the transformation aspects of the physical world helps us understand how to create better technologies that can make life better. This presentation explores how Lux Blox can be used by young people to better understand moving spatial relationships, structures, and mechanisms, and how they relate to the world of viruses with an emphasis on the structure of COVID-19.

PresenterThierry (Noah) Dana-Picard (Israel)

Title of PresentationE-Teaching of Differential Geometry in a time of COVID-19 crisis

Abstract:- The development of Dynamic Geometry Systems led to a revolution in Geometry teaching at all levels. The teaching of the different subdomains is now based on exploration and conjectures, which have them to be checked and proven. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, all the teaching went online. This raises specific issues for a population of Jewish orthodox students. The ICT literacy of this student population is variable and depends also on the existence (or not) of internet connections at home (the campuses are closed). This requests new skills and creativity, both from the teacher and the learners. We present a course in Elementary Differential Geometry, where both synchronous and asynchronous teaching is required. 

PresenterJanika Leoste (Estonia)

Title of PresentationRobotics Education During and After the COVID-19 Crisis

Abstract:- Until the COVID-19 crisis, the robotics education was mostly if not always expected to happen in teamwork at a robotics lab - whether through formal or informal learning. Suddenly, as an adults’ robotics educator, I found myself in a situation where I had to move teaching online in less than a week. Educational robotics is a hands-on experience, so I decided to send the robots to the learners’ homes. I’m going to share the experiences of 50 kindergarten teachers with you. These teachers managed to apply their new knowledge when working with children even when their workplaces were shut down.

SESSION 3:

Creativity & Innovation: Critical Skills for Critical Times, Health and Well-being / Q&A

LIVE INTERACTION WITH SPEAKERS:

Pamela Burnard, Anne Harris, Csilla Lázár , Jukka Sinnemaki, Andrea Kárpáti, Christopher Brownell, Zsolt Lavicza & Kristof Fenyvesi

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Pekka Neittaanmäki & Heikki Lyytinen

 

Keynote SpeakerPekka Neittaanmäki (Finland)

Keynote TalkUN’s Day of Creativity and Innovation: Critical Skills in Critical Times

About the Speaker:-

  • UNESCO chair and Digital Platforms for Transforming Economies.

  • Professor in Information Technology, Numerical Analysis and its Applications, University of Jyväskylä

Keynote Speaker: Heikki Lyytinen (Finland)

Keynote Talk: UN’s Day of Creativity and Innovation: Critical Skills in Critical Times

About the Speaker:-

  • UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All. 2015-2019, 2019-2023. Unitwin Inclusive Literacy, Unesco Chair.

  • Professor of Neuropsychology and Psychology, University of Jyväskylä

PresenterPamela Burnard (UK)

Title of PresentationRevisioning New Ideas of STEAM, Enacting ‘Art-Science Creativity’, Attending to the Present (and Post) COVID-19 Outbreak

Abstract:- The Global recovery from COVID-19 will depend upon thinking differently across discipline boundaries that revision and enact new solutions, as essential acts for a sustained recovery. Such considerations overturn old (and revision new) ideas of STEAM as a compensatory form of living, learning, and labour. Globally, the term STE(A)M is used to indicate ways in which the Arts or Art-practices engage whole body ‘Attention’ in iterative re-configuring of disciplinary subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The number of students choosing post-compulsory study of STEM subjects is seen as being critical to a country’s economic success, yet concerns have been expressed about the way those subjects are currently taught, specifically: a lack of creativity/ies; a need to focus on inter- and transdisciplinary work; a need for revisioning the art-science nexus, to enter into dialogue, to connect and co-produce new narratives of human, social and economic development that bring into view different – and other than – ways of being for society and the environment. This presentation will share a brief overview of a recently published book called ‘Why Science and Arts Creativities Matter’ which directly connects with the question of ‘what do we do now?’ I will include some exemplar enactings of an ‘Art-Science’ Creativity; a process of undergoing material-dialogic relationships for authoring new forms of living, learning, and labour, by attending to the way we engage in the world now.

PresenterAnne M. Harris (Australia)

Title of PresentationCreative Ecologies in the time of COVID-19

Abstract:- Like Chen’s Asia as Method (2010), creativity studies scholars can continue to challenge binaries like creative/analytic, ‘Asia’/’West’, closed/open, even (or especially) in the pandemic of COVID-19. My Creative Ecologies model, like Chen’s approach to onto-epistemology, celebrates the interconnectedness of the histories, cultures, and politics of unique global cultures, while at the same time recognizing our mutual need for creative relational networked collaboration in order to move forward together.

PresenterCsilla Lázár (Romania)

Title of PresentationEveryday Creativity - boosting the internal creative resources of European schools with Finnish models of education for creativity

Abstract:- More than two years ago when we engaged in the “Everyday Creativity” Erasmus+ project (creativeschools.eu) with the partnership of the University of Jyväskylä. In this unique transnational experience of mutual learning and creative inspiration for teachers in five European countries, one of our premises was that schools are in a disadvantageous competition with those virtual environments and online communities that engage our children more than school could ever engage them. We considered that one way of making schools better places for real, engaging experience (and learning) is to increase “creativity” in all aspects of education. Since then, all our teachers’ had to face an abrupt and unexpected challenge: school buildings have been shut down and education has obligatory moved to the cloud. For lots of teachers technology in now, a foe turned to friend and creativity got brand new dimensions.

PresenterJukka Sinnemäki (Finland)

Title of PresentationLearning happens when you see the unseen in every child

Abstract:- How much creativity, motivation, and passion is locked under the skin of each individual? What can happen in a very short period of time when potential is unleashed and the sky is the limit? Are we ready for this?

PresenterAndrea Kárpáti (Hungary)

TalkArts for social change: the creative outreach of AMASS

About the speaker:-

-Head, Visual Culture Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

-UNESCO Chairholder, Chair for Multimedia in Education Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Communication and Sociology

-Research foci: visual creativity: traditional and digital, youth subcultures, visual skills development 

PresenterChristopher S. Brownell (US)

Title of PresentationSTEAM Education Efforts Include Playful Mathematics

Abstract:- In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, educational institutions are struggling with what happens after. I would like to propose that we take this opportunity to engage our students in a more highly integrated collection of curricula that fits better within the needs and abilities of the 21st century. Two ideas that seem at odds with each other in the old paradigm, I will argue, are capable of being complementary with each other. Play is at the heart of mathematical learning, and Data Science is at the forefront of a new age of discovery. The integration of these two, like pillars in a new STEAM-based movement in curricular development, is our best hope for engaging students in the learning they will need to solve the complex issues of the next several decades.

PresenterZsolt Lavicza (Austria)

Title of PresentationDeveloping technological and pedagogical innovations in STEAM education

Abstract:- Besides tackling challenges and disruptions caused by digital technologies in education, there is also a growing emphasis for encouraging creative thinking in education, innovating pedagogies and develop connections among subjects. Utilising technologies and innovative pedagogies offer new opportunities to engage students learning a variety of multidisciplinary topics In my talk, I will introduce ideas and examples for technological and pedagogical innovations in STEAM education. These examples could encourage the audience to further develop resources and pedagogical approaches to be utilised at all levels of education.

PresenterKristof Fenyvesi (Finland)

Title of PresentationCreativity and Innovation: Developing Critical Skills for Critical Times through STEAM Learning 

About the speaker:-

- Researcher of STEAM Education, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä

- Head of STEAMnet Educational Network

- Director of Outreach Events at Bridges Organization (USA)

- Founder of Experience Workshop Global STEAM Network

PresenterAndreas Daniel Matt

Title of PresentationCelebrating first International UNESCO Day of Mathematics amidst Covid-19 Crisis

Abstract:- I will present the adventurous journey to establish the International Day of Mathematics, initiated and coordinated by the International Mathematical Union and proclaimed by UNESCO in November 2019. I will introduce the concept of this grass-roots, non-centralized and collaborative project and show some of the resources which were developed from a website to a world map, from open source activities to an international video call. The first IDM happened on March 13, 2020, with more than 1030 planned events in over 110 countries in the middle of a worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Many celebrations were canceled but it also led to spontaneous online presentations via videos and recorded talks and new ideas, like a live global launch that attracted more than 15,000 digital visitors...

Our Speakers
 

Keynote Talk:

 

UN’s Day of Creativity and Innovation: Critical Skills in Critical Times

​About the Speaker:

  • UNESCO chair and Digital Platforms for Transforming Economies.

  • Professor in Information Technology, Numerical Analysis and its Applications, University of Jyväskylä

Andrea Kárpáti (Hungary)

Talk:

Arts for social change: the creative outreach of AMASS

​About the Speaker:

  • Head, Visual Culture Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

  • UNESCO Chairholder, Chair for Multimedia in Education Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Communication and Sociology

  • Research foci: visual creativity: traditional and digital, youth subcultures,
    visual skills development

Saanna Mehtälä (Finland)

Talk:

Finding ways to share good practices for organizing teaching during the COVID-19 Crisis

​About the Speaker:

  • PhD student University of Jyväskylä, Finland

  • Working in various research projects, such as digital environments in child and youth mental well being promotion (APEX), inclusion in higher education (Access4All) and learning technology procurement (LEA)

Paul Hildebrandt (USA)

Talk:

Viruses and Hyperspace

​About the Speaker:

  • President, and Co-Founder of Zometool Inc., USA

  • Educational Innovator, Artist and Scholar

Zsolt Lavicza (Austria)

Talk:

Developing technological and pedagogical innovations in STEAM education

​About the Speaker:

  • Professor in STEM Education Research Methods at Johannes Kepler University's Linz School of Education

  • Research projects related to technology integration into schools; leader of the Doctoral Programme in STEAM Education at JKU; coordinator of research projects at the International GeoGebra Institute

Kristof Fenyvesi (Finland)

Talk:

Creativity and Innovation: Developing Critical Skills for Critical Times through STEAM Learning

 

​About the Speaker:

  • Researcher of STEAM Education, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä

  • Head of STEAMnet Educational Network

  • Director of Outreach Events at Bridges Organization (USA)

  • Founder of Experience Workshop Global STEAM Network

Pamela Burnard (UK)

Talk:

Revisioning New Ideas of STEAM, Enacting ‘Art-Science Creativity’, Attending to the Present (and Post) COVID-19 Outbreak

​About the Speaker:

  • Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations of University of Cambridge, in the UK.

  • An international authority on advancing creativities research and STEAM education.

  • She has published widely with 15 books and over 100 articles on the multiple types of creativities across diverse learning contexts (www.educ.cam.ac.uk/people/staff/Burnard/)

Anne M. Harris (Australia)

Talk:

 

Creative Ecologies in the time of COVID-19

​About the Speaker:

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Senior
    Research Fellow, and the Director of Creative Agency research lab

  • International expert in creativity education and creative methodologies through a
    heuristic of creative ecologies

  • Series creator and editor of Creativity, Education and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan)

  • Author of plays, films and spoken word performances

Jim Friedman

Talk:

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​About the Speaker:

  • Chief Steward, World Creativity & Innovation Week (April 15-21)

  • White Family Associate Clinical Professor of Creativity and Entrepreneurship

  • Ph.D. Communication, Union Institute, 1982

  • B.S.Design, University of Cincinnati, DAA, 1978

Heikki Lyytinen (Finland)

Keynote Talk:

UN’s Day of Creativity and Innovation: Critical Skills in Critical Times

​About the Speaker:

  • UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All. 2015-2019, 2019-2023. Unitwin Inclusive Literacy, Unesco Chair.

  • Professor of Neuropsychology and Psychology, University of Jyväskylä

Csilla Lázár (Romania)

Talk:

Everyday Creativity - boosting the internal creative resources of European schools with Finnish models of education for creativity

​About the Speaker:

  • Executive Director of Spektrum Educational Center, which promotes internationalization and democratic and child-centered thinking in public schools in a rural area

Ing Ru Chen (Taiwan)

Talk:

STEAM Movement and Developing Critical Skills for Critical Times in Taiwan for the Youth by the Youth

​About the Speaker:

Mike Acerra (USA)

Talk:

 

Hands-on Modeling and STEAM Learning about viruses, including COVID-19 with LUX BLOX