Susan Riley | September 2015

Sparkchasers Podcast: Why Presentation is the Key to a Successful Creative Experience

Ever wonder why some great ideas and creative experience never get off the ground, but those cat videos go viral?  It’s all about the presentation: connecting the right audience at the right time with the right idea.  Successful creative experience can help students utilize their creativity and reach full potential. Sometimes, all our students need is a little direction and some inspiration.

In today’s episode of SparkChasers, we’re exploring what happens when students think about how to present their finished products in a way that both communicates their intention and allows others to make personal meaning.  It’s a tricky balance, but worth the time!

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Show Notes

Today’s show notes are some of my favorites!  Here’s the links from this episode:

The Smithsonian’s new Center for Invention and Innovation

The Difference between Invention and Innovation from MediaShift

A lesson on marketing and branding for students

The tools in “branducating” for educators

Your turn: how do you focus on presentation in your lessons?  Is it a simple culmination or is there a lesson you use to teach how to present effectively?

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan