Te{a}ch Talk

Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Transformation

Volume 1, Number 4, February 5, 2015

Creating to Show what you Know

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Creativity is an attribute or skill that teachers appreciate in students' work and employers seek when hiring. Additionally, our creativity allows us to express ourselves in a variety of ways, and we generally feel positive when we are able to be creative.

When creating, we use our talents, knowledge, and imagination in concert to produce a new product, idea, situation, or representation.

In terms of learning, providing opportunities for our students to create as they demonstrate knowledge and understanding requires that they use higher order thinking skills to synthesize information and that they communicate their comprehension and interpretation well. Learning takes place in every stage of consuming, organizing, questioning, making sense, and representing information.

Creation as a means of demonstrating mastery does not look the same in every class or for every student. There is great value in creating a poster, model, diagram, presentation, video, story, website, mind map, etc. Whether building with our hands, manipulating language, or using an app or web tool, being creative allows for profound learning, engagement, and even personal satisfaction.

Looking for some creation tools to try using technology??

Give this site a try to make web-based flyers and posters: www.smore.com, or check out the image below for a handful of iPad apps.

Wondering if your students are ready??

Data from our BrightBytes survey conducted in November demonstrates that our students learn new technology easily and have a high level of skill with multimedia tools. Click here if you'd like to see some of the data.

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