This is the first in my series of blog posts regarding the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (see last week's post). Today we are starting with the area of Student Learning and Creativity, that encourages teachers to utilize technology in various ways that excites students and enhances their imaginativeness.
Within this area of Facilitating and Inspiring Student Learning, there are 4 sub-areas. I am going to explore the first area and how it might apply to you as a teacher. NETS-T 1a recommends that teachers Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
What are some examples that teachers could reference that inspire students and promote their inventiveness? Take a look at Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads or Kathy Schrock's iPad Apps (see end of article) and find the creativity apps. These are the applications that allow students to let their imaginations soar by actually making something. In addition to iPad apps, there are similar applications available on the internet. The American Association of School Librarians publishes a yearly Best Websites that offers many websites that will foster creativity.
Besides creativity apps, I found a great article, 30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity In Your Classroom, which offers so many different ways to "teach" creativity. As I was looking through the article, suggestion #5 mentions using emotional connections. A teacher could ask students to blog about their feelings on a particular topic. Number Twelve suggests using a cultural artifact to help student make a connection, which could easily be done with a picture projected on the board for students to reflect upon. As I read through the list of 30 things, there were many ways I could envision the use of technology to help the students stir their creativity.
Graphic organizers are another great way to promote creativity and critical thinking skills. The iPad has Popplet Lite or Idea Sketch. In addition, there is a Teacher's Guide On the Use of Graphic Organizers in the Classroom that provides websites for graphic organizers.
So, how are you promoting, supporting, and modeling creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness in your students?