Thursday, April 20, 2017

Great Project Ideas to Foster Student Creativity

This appeared in my In Box this morning... Creative Educator always comes through with great project ideas to foster Student Creativity 
Technology project ideas for your grade level
If you are looking for great technology project ideas to engage your learners through the end of the school year, explore these high-level lesson plans for:
Happy Creating!

Choosing Maker Space Resources to Ignite Student Passion and Support Creativity and STEAM Learning

Here's a table created by ISTE colleague, Karey Killian, who came up with a 'wish list; of possible Maker Space resources, categorized by ISTE Standards (and some Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards). She states:

“...Our purpose with these (Maker) spaces is to ignite the passions within students to discover their unique talents and abilities.  We want spaces where students can explore, be creative, work collaboratively, and make new inventions along the way…” 

“…Here's a link to the Word document that should be viewable to anyone with the link. You're welcome to use any of this document if it can strengthen your program in any way.
 Click on the above to access the full document...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Robotics Impacts Student Ability at Innovation and Creativity!

Are there ways to impact students ability to be more innovative and creative?
Using these techniques will make a profound difference in your class.
"By the time a child is 10 or 12, he or she has figured out that it's much more important to get right answers than to keep asking thoughtful questions",  according to research for Tony Wagner's bestselling book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who will Change the World. 

Wagner says "a child's innovative framework is strengthened when teachers bring a sense of play to the curriculum; taking offbeat approaches and making whimsical connections to the course material." This allows children to think creatively-opting to think in new ways.

2. Curiosity
Programs that allow children time to interact with various technology-related materials, and engage in a variety of individual and team projects create greater understanding and a desire to learn more.

In conducting interviews with hundreds of innovative people for his book, Wagner also found innovative people were shown how to connect their passion to success. The best teachers and parents always supported what the students' passions and natural curiosities were, and made an effort to connect what needed to be learned to satisfy that curiosity.
They let children choose the subject matter they wished to study or design their own investigations to learn more. This connected success leads to a larger purpose-children's individual motivations and interests, he says.

Increased fearlessness, especially when it comes to taking risks and trying new ways of doing things, makes children better at creative problem solving. If you can name effort as the thing that you want to encourage, effort creates ability.

Having a greater sense of purpose makes finding solutions more urgent. This gives innovators greater incentive to take risks, and look for new methods of solving challenging issues."

Digital Story Telling to Foster Student Creativity

Good session on Creativity and Digital Story Telling (details below)... I found these slides on the web...

"Technology resources provide opportunities for engagement, problem solving and critical higher-order thinking."

Presented by the ISTE Digital Storytelling Network / Author / Julie Jaeger Bio

Paper Circuits: Support Contemporary Student Creativity Projects

Here's a good one that I found in my In Box... I like what offers... If you're not familiar with Paper Circuits, I recommend you peruse this for a few minutes to get yourself informed... They seem to me to be a powerful invitation to put the ART in STEAM Education...
light saber GIF

Paper Circuits In Makerspaces -  One of our favorite makerspace projects (so far) have been the creation of paper circuits.  It's an affordable, easy to learn project that can be completed in 30 minutes which is great for schools. There are countless project ideas that incorporate the paper circuit concept which can be added to most curriculum.  For example, you can combine the ARTS with Technology and make interactive circuit artwork or popup electronic greeting cards. 

If you want more info, check out our step by step paper circuit tutorial that includes 5 free project templates to get you started."

WARNING: The BBC Micro:Bit May Inspire Creativity! :)


Coding and Creativity for Today's Students

Here's a good session I came across... Click on the screen capture, below to launch recording (may take a short while to load. I think that if used in an informed way, this resource can support kids in their creative efforts!