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Supporting the 4Cs in Learner-Centered Classrooms - Creativity

Creativity - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students will:
Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.Identify trends and forecast possibilities.Source: Student Skills Connected to Creativity
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”― Maya Angelou
I believe that content should support the development of student skills connected to the 4 Cs of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Students need these skills today and in the future. 
If you are interested in resources and tools to support student creation, then we have this document for your exploration. When these tools are used to enhance teaching and learning, incredible things can happen. 
Creativity Resources
If you have an additional…

My #ICE18 Conference Session Resources

Illinois Computer Educators Conference - March 26th through March 28th "#ICE18 will showcase nationally recognized speakers as well as more than 400 informative sessions and workshops. Over 150 corporate sponsors & exhibitors will also be on-site showing their support for the ICE Conference and technology in education."The ICE Conference has been one of my favorite learning experiences for years. It is truly a conference where learning comes first. I am fortunate this year to be facilitating 3 sessions. If you can't be there in person, I hope you can engage with everyone using the official conference hashtag #ICE18.

My Sessions

Google Secrets - You Don't Know What You Don't - A bit of show and tell and then some time to play and explore in this Google Playground Session.Hidden Google Gems - Finding the Undiscovered Gems - I am trying something a bit different. The Google Hidden Gems Document will be the foundation of this Breakout Session and we will use a Pear …

Enhancing HyperDocs - Our Professional Development Resources

"Around here we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
We've updated some of our HyperDoc Professional Development Resources. If you are curious about HyperDocs or are planning some HyperDoc Professional Development, there might be something here for you. 
HyperDocs Professional Development Slide Deck - This is a web copy of the slide deck. When using this during face to face professional development, Pear Deck will be modeled as a resource to engage and reflect. (The Pear Deck interactives will not be live in this web version.) Links to some of our favorite model HyperDocs are included in this presentation. HyperDocs Mission Control - This is document serves as the hub for resources connected to exploring and creating HyperDocs. Sections include HyperDoc Essentials, HyperDoc Creation, HyperDocs and the ISTE Standards…

Supporting the 4Cs in Learner-Centered Classrooms - Collaboration

Collaboration Resources on the Web
"Alone we are smart together we are brilliant." Steven Anderson

Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students will: Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems. Source: Student Skills Connected to Collaboration
I believe that content should support the development of student skills connected to the 4 Cs or collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. 
If you are interested in resources and tools to support student collabor…

"A More Beautiful Question" by Warren Berger

The Illinois Council of Instructional Coaching will be hosting a book study and Twitter Chat using the hashtag #IllinoisCIC.

The book will be A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger.

You can learn more about this professional development opportunity and sign up to be part of the group here.


Twitter Chat Schedule
Chapter 1: Wednesday, March 7th, 8-9pm
Chapter 2: Thursday, March 15th, 8-9pm
Chapter 3: Tuesday, March 27th, 8-9pm
Chapter 4: Wednesday, April 4th, 8-9pm
Chapter 5: Monday, April 16th, 8-9pm


Timeline Resources for Creative Critical Thinking - Not Just for History Lessons

Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you're thinking in order to make your thinking better.” Richard W. Paul
Creativity - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students will:
Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.Identify trends and forecast possibilities.Source: Student Skills Connected to Creativity
Critical Thinking - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students will:
Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make inf…

Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius

I just discovered and ordered a new book that sparked my curiosity. If it is as good as I hope it will be, then I will add it to our book resources once I have a chance to get started reading it. If you've had a chance to read it, would you please share your thoughts in the comments below?


Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius "What if education could be better--for students and for educators? Our changing world demands creative thinkers and collaborative problem solvers, but too often, schools stifle growth and discovery in favor of getting through the curriculum or preparing for "the test." Learning opportunities and teaching methods must evolve to match the ever-changing needs of today's learners. When we tell learners to complete an assignment, we get compliance. When we empower learners to explore and learn how to make an impact on the world, we inspire problem solvers and innovators. This required change in education…

Memes for Creative Formative Assessments in Schools

Sample Meme HyperDoc
Creativity - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students will: Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.Identify trends and forecast possibilities. Source: P21 - Student Skills Connected to Creativity
My students and I have used memes several times this year as a creative reflection connected to our learning experiences. Overall, it has been an engaging learning experience.

Here are a few tips based on our experiences:
The students need to be reminded that the memes need to be about the content and concepts first. Some of my students were so focused on being witty or funny that the memes created did not connect well with our topics. It is also important to emphasize design. Many of the world's viral memes are funny, but …

Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes is Our Book of the Month - February 2018

The best educators are not content to do the same old thing year after year. Innovative educators push their thinking by engaging in social media, exploring blogs, attending conferences, and exploring the newest generation of educational books.

We've created a site to organize and share some great books connected to teaching and learning. Each month we will feature a new book from our PLN. Have an idea for our next book of the month? Please share in the comments below.
"Understand it takes more than one conversation to influence change – an initial conversation is a great start, but the real change comes from the ongoing follow-up conversations. Make the time to make change happen 100 conversations at a time." Jimmy Casas
Featured Book for February
Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. by Jimmy Casas
Eradicate Average! CULTURIZE Your School. Average schools don't inspire greatness--and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-cha…

What Tools are EdTech Coaches Using to Enhance Engagement?

The ISTE EdTech Coaches Network has been engaged in a Book Study and Slow Chat using the Hashtag #ETCoaches. The focus is on using technology to enhance learning and engage students. 


The weekly discussions have been great, but two questions this week really caught my interest.

I will be the first to tell you that you need to know why you are doing something before focusing on how or what. I do not believe that there is not a tech tool in existence that can enhance engagement if the teacher and the student don't know why they are using it. 

"Work with purpose is passion. Work without purpose is punishment." Jillian Michaels
Here are some of the tech tools that the EdTech Coaches shared. I believe these are tools being used with a purpose in classrooms across the world. These are roughly in order, with the most mentioned first. 

What purpose could you find for each of these tools?
Padlet - It works like a sheet of paper where you can put anything (images, videos, documents, text…