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10 Student-Friendly Websites to Encourage Creative Thinking

10 Student-Friendly Websites to Encourage Creative Thinking

Whooo's Reading - Learn MoreCreative thinking will be the third most important work skill by 2020, according to The Future of Jobs. That’s why its importance keeps growing in the academic arena.

Having a good balance of analytical and creative thinking in the classroom helps students tackle complex challenges, helping learn to adapt to uncertain and fast-changing environments, which are the norm nowadays.

To bring creativity into your classroom, check out these websites and tools. Students will be excited to try something new while you prepare them for the world outside your classroom.

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T4I is the first online platform that combines advanced management of complex challenges with a powerful interface for doing multidisciplinary brainstorming. Post challenges, organize them, vote them, share them. Access the brainstorming interface and combine visual, linguistic, acoustic, emotional and other stimuli to accelerate brainstorming processes and train your creative muscles.

Get creative: Join for free, and create your own challenge or pick an existing one. Enter the brainstorming interface. Watch the 1-minute tutorial and review the basic help if needed. Brainstorm ideas using the different areas, save what you come up with and encourage students to use it at least once a week to keep their creative muscles fit and strong.


Posterini is an all-in-one graphic design platform that combines easy templates with powerful tools, allowing your students (and you) to easily creative graphics for projects, homework and much more.

Choose a template and create professional posters and flyers for your classroom in just minutes. Better yet, encourage visual experimentation among students, helping them develop their creative muscles.

Get creative: Join. Decide on a poster or flyer you need to create for a specific project. Choose a template that fits with your objective. Create your design, export it to a Jpeg image and share your result on your favourite social networks or with the rest of your team.

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Google Arts & Culture

The best art and culture from around the world helps encourage students’ creative thinking in powerful ways. Google Arts & Culture allows you to explore and navigate an incredible array of artwork and creativity, much of which students wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise.

Get creative: Use the platform to stimulate your creative thinking in connection with specific projects. For example, students can use Google Arts and Culture to connect art with other subjects, like science (The Diversity of Dinosaurs) or geography (The Hidden World of National Parks).

The Creativity Post

Creativity is everywhere, and this website shares stories of creativity in pop culture, technology, science, philosophy and more. Bookmark the site to make it available to students in the classroom or use it for creative homework assignments.

Get creative: Students can use this site to find content that inspires their next personal project or as a way of digging into a passion of thiers during free claassroom time.

TED Talks

TED talks are all about inspiring the world through unique messages delivered by very unique people. Many of the talks deal with innovation and complex challenges, encouraging creative thinking through the unique approaches and perspectives presented by the speakers.

Get creative: Watch Ted Talks on breaks, at the end of a hard-working day or to kick-off a new subject in the classroom. They’ll stimulate your students’ thinking, encourage new ideas, and provide important and inspirational role models.

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Want to explore creative possibilities within nearly any topic? Jump to pinterest and navigate the incredible array of visual stimuli posted by people around the world. Students can use Pinterest to organize creative projects,

Get creative: Create a classroom account for students to use, with your supervision and following the classroom technology rules. Each one can create their own board for organizing creative project resources and ideas. Delete boards as projects are completed so your account doesn’t get too crowded and confusing.

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Another way to encourage creative thinking and expand students’ horizons is to explore the artistic creations at Users of deviantart like to experiment and share unusual perspectives and creations that will encourage students to think differently about what art means and looks like.

Get creative: Assign students the task of exploring the many unique artworks on the site to find inspiration for their own piece of art. They’ll then write a poem or story, create a hand-made craft, etc., inspired by the piece they found most interesting.

This site is best for older students, who will be able to understand some of the complex language. What they might not understand is the technology that’s discussed, inspiring them to learn about creativity in tech—confusing terminology and all. Slashdot allows students to quickly review and get inspired by the latest innovations with technology giants like Facebook and Microsoft.

Get creative: Encourage students to use this site for finding current events that will challenge their understanding. Knowledge of complex technology is becoming more and more important for students in the working world; this helps them prepare for that starting at an early age.

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Coding is a powerful way to exercise creativity in the 21st century, and a skill all students can benefit from. Use this tool to get students started in coding, and if you’ve never learned, you can play along side them.

Get creative: If you don’t know how to code, but want to learn—and most importantly, want your students to learn—use Tynker in the classroom. Students will love building their own digital projects and sharing with their friends and family.

More ways to bring coding into the classroom: is a beautiful website reminding us that art is all around, from well-designed apartments to old polaroids. Students can surround themselves with interesting forms or art as they browse the site in the classroom.

Get creative: Use this site for class-wide exploration, as it may not be appropriate for students to browse themselves. From architecture to travel, you’ll inspire and engage students when using this site to illuminate and supplement lessons.

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