Our goal is to inspire our students how to use their imaginations to consider and pursue novel ideas, and leadership for action (economic and social entrepreneurialism)
How can a blog be used to amplify and improve creativity skills?
- creativity in lesson planning – using the blog as a space to create lessons, engage with students, and document learning
- blogs are creative tools to document assessment using a triangulation of assessment data: observations, conversations, products
- blogs are a creative way to improve collaborative student inquire, goal setting, problem solving, . . .
- accountability is amplified because sharing with an authentic audience is built in to all classroom activities
- blogs make it easier to create open ended assignments because students are choosing the tools and the products they want to create
- improved balance of teaching in the moment/ activating student inquiry, self-directed learning, and teacher directed learning
- STUDENT CHOICE and TIME TO INQUIRE INSPIRES CREATIVITY
- student buddies to work together to create unique products
- student are choosing a multitude of ways to document their learning and make their learning visible
- creativity in blog design
- creativity using apps
- creativity to engage an audience using apps like iMovie – focus on presentation skills, collaboration, and sharing
- Adobe Voice – students hearing their own voices telling stories; developing oral language
- Explain Everything – screencasting, interactive whiteboard tools, annotating, animating, narrating, importing, and exporting almost anything to and from almost anywhere
- Recording Lite – solving problems using voice recordings, recording reading, conversations, research, . . .
- Toontastic – creating videos to tell a story (creating characters, setting, etc)
- Lego Movie Maker – students create slow motion videos a variety of topics Lego-style
- creative use of images to showcase learning
- students articulating creative descriptions to name their learning
- students owning their learning – empowering student voice
- creativity in the ways students are sharing their learning with different groups in the classroom and on their blogs
- students posting on their own time about the creative things they do outside of school (dance, music, sports, . . .)
- students are using their own creative outlets + making choices based on their learning style + multiple intelligences + creating unique products = engagement + motivation + learning
- students are working with a larger number of learning partners based on learning needs, styles, intelligences, content knowledge, technology experience, choice of tech tools, . . .
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