Exploring Creativity and Innovation Tools

Your Chapter 5 reading guide is due today. If you have a hard copy of the guide, please leave it with Gretchen.

TLAT Presentations: Does anyone want to share their Think Like a Teacher today?

Creativity and Innovation Reading

What is one idea that stands out for you from the reading?

Using this voice thread I started, record a short clip that responds to the question, “How might you foster creativity and innovation in a classroom?”  Try to think about the subject and grade level you are working with this semester. You can do this by selecting the comment button above play.

It may help to look over the NETS for Creativity and Innovation:

Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Creativity and Innovation Tools

Before we start, let’s watch a part of this EXTREMELY creative video! (This is a stop motion video by “Mystery Guitar Man”)

We may watch this if we have more time – but you should DEFINITELY check this one out later if not! The song Stand By Me is performed by musicians all over the world collaboratively – they can actually perform together from thousands of miles away!)

Today we’re looking at tools that can support personal, professional, and K12 creativity. Before we start working on our digital story project, I want you all to investigate some existing creativity tools.

“Making Teachers Nerdy” is a blog that has a lot of creativity resources. Scroll through the blog and try something out. You’ll be sharing what you find – so be prepared!!!

FOR MONDAY

There are no assignments due on Monday, unless you have anything overdue. Make it a point to update your website and upload/link any past projects or TLAT. If you want to think ahead to our Digital Storytelling Project, try looking at some tutorials to the following programs you may choose to use:

Photostory is a tool you might consider for creating digital stories. It’s a free download for PC – unfortunately, it doesn’t work on Macs and you’ll need Windows XP. Other resources you might need:
1. PhotoStory Tutorial
2. Blank slides to use for title slides

VoiceThread is an option for both Mac and PC users. You can create a free account and create up to 3 videos at no charge. While VoiceThread is designed primarily to allow others to comment on video and/or photos that you upload – you can use the comment feature to add narration to your video/photos. Here are some examples of VoiceThread projects used in various classrooms. You can access a tutorial for VoiceThread here. Or you can watch the tutorial made by an EDIT 2000 student. Or you can print an 8-page step-by-step tutorial here.

If you have a Mac and you’ve been wanting to learn how to use iMovie – now is your chance. If you have a PC and you’ve been wondering about MovieMaker – you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial. Ron will also be joining us later next week to teach us how to use iMovie and MovieMaker.

Storybird is also an option. It’s a free tool that can be used on a Mac or PC (it’s web-based). It does not allow original images or narration. Some of your classmates have shared Storybird commercials – feel free to watch them again to learn how the program might work for you.

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