Monday, September 13, 2021


“The NVIV (Next Vista Inspiring Video) series of posts are written by Rushton Hurley and designed to provide students and teachers with fascinating discussion prompts.”

In Letting Ideas Take Flight, he features a TEDtalk about drones. It was a very interesting video to watch! Then he gives some prompts that would make a great class discussion for students.

He gives the following prompts to accompany this video:

“These ideas about the “future” of drones were shared back in 2016. How would you learn what has happened in the years since the talk? If this same talk were given now, would the audience give the speaker a standing ovation, like in the video? Why do you think it would or wouldn’t?

Ideas, when shared, create possibilities for others to build upon them. The creative energy that comes from sharing ideas and taking them in new directions is something that you can experience with others, if you’re willing to ask, “What if?”

We all have creativity inside us, including ideas that might someday change the world. How might you tap into your creativity? How might you help others do so, too?”

These prompts lead to a discussion about how to do research which is extremely important. I want my students to be able to find answers to their questions when they leave my classroom and I’m not available to show them how to find the answers.

I like how he invites students to think about their own creativity. It seems like the education system focuses too much on test scores and meeting standards instead of encouraging students to be creative. Without creative thinkers, we would never have all the inventions that make our lives as comfortable as they are now.

Please check out the video and think of other prompts you might come up with. Please share.

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