Tech Play 3 – Creativity Tools

For your Tech Play 3 Assignment, you will explore creativity tools. We are defining a creativity tool as anything that allows a student to create or produce something. These are not necessarily tools that are associated with the fine arts type of creativity, although those tools are certainly fine if you are teaching art! These are also not tools that are typically associated with productivity as we are not necessarily concerned with efficiency. These are tools that students use to create something digital and shareable. For an example and non-example:

  • Students creating a Voki that exercises, displays or helps them work through some of their knowledge is a creativity tool. (example)
  • A tutorial that walks students through content and/or questions them on their comprehension is not a creativity tool. (non-example)

Creativity tools can be web-based or can be an app for an iPad or other tablet device. Because many schools are moving to Apple products, we would like to offer you the opportunity to explore apps in a way that moves the device beyond a “digital flashcard” and allows for student creation. Please do not go out and buy an iPad for this class! If you do not own an Apple device, you can certainly explore web-based tools using your computer! We just want to open the exploration to apps that you can use on an an iPad or iTouch device if you own one or want to borrow one for your exploration.  

Let us continue to clarify creativity tools – We are not asking you to explore the use of a pencil because we assume that you already know how to use a pencil. Similarly, we are not asking you to explore the Microsoft Office Suite because we assume you already know how to use the Microsoft Office Suite. If you are very interested in a presentation tool, for example, explore something like Google Docs or Prezi. While students can create something shareable with a Microsoft Office Suite tool, we would like for you to push yourself to explore and play with other tools.

To find a creativity tool, you may certainly google “Creativity tool” and begin there. Please do not assume, however, that if a tool is list as a creativity tool on a google search or even another website, that it does actually allow for students to create or produce something shareable. You will need to think about the tool and justify whether you believe it is a creativity tool and why.

Once you have explored some creativity tools, go to your blog and post the following reflection:

  • Discuss the variety of tools you explored, what you liked or disliked about each one and which one you selected one to continue to reflect on.
  • Describe how this creativity tool that you selected might fit into the TPACK model. Specifically, describe the content, pedagogical and technological aspects of some student work that uses the creativity tool you selected.
  • Identify other ways that students could use the creativity tool you selected.
  • Why is it important to know about and use creativity tools? What do they offer that other tools (i.e., drill and practice, tutorials, instructional games, etc.) do not offer?

This week, I explored 25 sites from the following:

 http://www.boxoftricks.net/internet-resouces-for-education/  Education and Technology resource list from A to Z

Among the 207 tools on the list, I found numerous and varied styles with different technology uses and strategies. Below are four from the list that I would recommend for students use.

http://edu.glogster.com/

Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond.  We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS – online multimedia posters – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.

http://www.timetoast.com/ 

Timetoast allows you to create interactive time lines, which can be shared anywhere on the web. Timetoast is a great way to share the past, or even the future. It only takes minutes to create a timeline.

http://prezi.com/  Students can create zooming presentations

http://www.jigsawplanet.com/  Students can create their own puzzles.

I found 7 tools useful to me, which I subscribed to during this course.

http://prezi.com/  Create zooming presentations

http://infolit.org/  National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL)

http://www.nsta.org/  National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/    this is trustworthy information in a world of media and technology.

http://www.shmoop.com/sitemap.html   Grades 1-8 that is real, relevant and approachable.

http://www.instagrok.com/ is a site for learning that is thorough, intuitive and fun

http://betterlesson.com/home  is a site to create lesson plans

 

The tool (website) I used to answer this question did not come from the above list; however, I will choose it for students to use in my science classroom. A brief description is provided.

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.

Discovery Education will accelerate student achievement by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn. Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for students to learn in this digital age. With award- winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery’s greatest talent, classroom contest & challenges, professional development and more – Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.

 

 

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