How do we get kids to think in a technological world like Leonardo Da Vinci did when he was young?

 I read the article below, by the International Society for Technology (ISTE®). The article addresses some of the current educational concerns listed below.


·       Do you think educational programs in schools need to be changed?

·       Do you ever wonder if your child will have a job in the future that hasn’t even been invented yet?

·       Will our schools art and music programs be cut in the future or expanded due to technology?

o   The article discusses ways teachers need to integrate technology and other skills into classrooms that empower kids to think differently about education.

§  The article makes reference to a book about Leonardo da Vinci’s way of thinking outside of the box.

o   This organization believes the world will be more complex in the future with a high tech global economy.

§  Some future jobs may not even be invented yet.

·       Because of this, Students should learn in school how to problem solve differently, work collaboratively, and think outside the box. Students should be encouraged too look at ways to solve future problems from many different angles thus using a collection of intellectual processes.

o   In this article they refer to the book called How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci —-Seven Steps to Genius every day by Michael J. Gelb.

These are my thoughts on the article.

  • I was very happy to see that the article referenced the book about da Vinci and his way of thinking.

    • How to think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb

  • I hope in the future, educators will think more like DaVinci, and integrate more fine arts, architecture, art history, and music into their programs using technology and other methods of study. I believe teachers should do the following:

    • They can do this by using technology such as virtual field trips to collaborate with professionals in student’s field of interest.

    • Science teachers should let the students talk with professionals in the industry using computer aided equipment.

    • Students need paths and connections with professionals that are already in a field of study they plan on going in.

    • These professional connections could help students understand the future job market in their interest area.

    • Currently, high schools offer very little information to allow for students to set CLEAR goals and objectives to reach their future job success especially in the arts.

  • Upper grade schools should develop programs for future job success throughout the year, not a short term program in 12th

  • Schools should also integrate entraupenuership programs, in a variety of areas.

    • Using technology in business classes for students.

      • Some students when they graduate, might start a business for example teaching dance, opening a culinary restaurant, selling their art online, giving music lessons, or owning a music store or selling music online or locally.

    • Not all students are going to be professors in English and Math so why not teach them how to run a company.

    • Most businesses have online sites as well as local sites so they should teach those skill sets in the school system too.

    • This is an area where I think schools are lacking.

People learn differently, and schools need to integrate programs that will help all students have success in the future. For example, many people don’t realize Leonardo Da Vinci was dyslexic, and learned differently from some people. He didn’t go to school. He taught himself how to read and used a different approach to learning. We can learn a lot from Leonardo da Vinci. In the book the article mentions that da Vinci believed in encouraging and teaching entrepreneurship skills to kids and adults an always thinking about future innovations. I wish educators would apply some of his philosophies in the classroom settings.

This is a great article.  I hope you can find time to read it.

  • Under my video area, I have attached a few educational videos about Leonardo da Vinci’s life. These videos can be used in the classroom for your students or teach some of these skills to your kids at home.

If you get a chance to read the article below, or watch the video link provided on these topics, please share your thoughts and follow us on


This is the article I am referring to.

·       Title: Here’s how you teach innovative thinking


Here is another great video for teachers on this subject matter.

The speaker has a good sense of humor.

·       Title: Do Schools Kill Creativity?


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Melanie, very interesting and educational.


    1. artcub says:

      Thanks Michael. Have a great summer. I enjoyed reading your blogs this semester.


  2. Interesting article. It would be nice for people to learn critical thinking skills and how to better organize their goals early on in school and life.


    1. artcub says:

      Thanks Brad. Have a great summer.


  3. jpage618 says:

    Great job this semester you can really see the growth. I think you have a great future in this field if you just keep it up.


    1. artcub says:

      Thank you. It was hard for me, but I learned a lot. There is still so much to learn. Hope you are doing well.


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