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Student Creativity and Innovation in Schools. Ben Smith and Jared Mader Thursday ,January 15, 2009. Ben Smith: Physics Teacher K-12 Science Coordinator Technology Resource Teacher Keystone Technology Integrator Doctoral Student in Instructional Technology

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student creativity and innovation in schools

Student Creativity and Innovation in Schools

Ben Smith and Jared Mader

Thursday ,January 15, 2009

about us
Ben Smith:

Physics Teacher

K-12 Science Coordinator

Technology Resource Teacher

Keystone Technology Integrator

Doctoral Student in Instructional Technology

STAR Discovery Educator

ISTE Consultant

BlendedSchools Consultant

Jared Mader:

Director of Technology

Former Chemistry Teacher

Technology Staff Development Trainer

Keystone TechnologyIntegrator

Masters Student in Instructional Technology

STAR Discovery Educator

BlendedSchools Consultant

About Us

"Knowing content" is not sufficient in itself --

knowledge to:

rather, students must apply

• construct new understandings,

• solve problems

•  make decisions

• develop products and

• communicate

Technology can facilitate this type of learning


Transforming Learning Environments

Traditional Environments

Emerging Learning Landscape

Teacher directed, memory-focused instruction

Student-centered, performance-focused learning

Isolated work on invented exercises

Collaborative work on authentic, real-work projects

Factual, literal thinking for competence

Creative thinking for innovation and original solutions

our vision
Our Vision
  • Students will use technology seamlessly as a regular part of their education
  • Each student will come to class with their own computing device
  • All of the computing devices will be interconnected
  • Teachers and Students will have the skills necessary to use the Hardware and Software
pedagogical foundations
Pedagogical Foundations
  • Curriculum must drive the need for technology integration
    • Technology is simply the tool used to facilitate student-centered learning
    • Technology makes it easier to accomplish
  • Taxonomy of Technology Use1
    • Experiencing
    • Informing
    • Reinforcing
    • Integrating
    • Utilizing

1 Thomas and Boysen, Iowa State University, 1984

ben and jared taxonomy
Ben and Jared Taxonomy
  • Observing
    • Students are passive observers of technology
  • Interacting
    • Students are engaged with the technology
  • Producing
    • Students create product with a single technology
  • Developing
    • Students begin to combine and integrate technologies
  • Applying
    • Students are making sound choices about appropriate technology to use
from nets s

“What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and

live productively in an increasingly digital world ...”

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


how do we make our students creative and innovative
How do we make our students creative and innovative?
  • Give students the tools
  • Give students the time
  • Challenge Them
    • Open Ended Assignments
    • Be Vague
collaboration communication and creativity innovation

What you need

Google Docs/Zoho




Animoto, VoiceThread, Flickr


Audacity / Podcasting

iMovie / Videocasting

Inspiration / Mindomo

Peripheral Devices




iPods/Cell Phones

Student Projects

What our students do


A week in the life…




Digital Storytelling

Web Video

Chemical Reactions


Inspiring Projects

Google Docs/Zoho

Collaboration/Communication and Creativity/Innovation
  • Present Class Content
  • Share Project Ideas
  • Publish Student Examples
  • Reorganize the structure of delivered content
  • Government - Science Collaboration
  • Wiki Design is key to success
a week in the life
A Week in the Life…
  • Students keep a written and digital record for each week of class
  • iWeb
  • Blogging
podcasting vodcasting
Podcasting / Vodcasting
  • Homework Help
  • Explanation of Solutions
  • Hints on Assignments
  • Student Advice
  • Radio Show
  • Announcements
  • Exit Ticket
  • Reporting Live
mimio wacom
  • Create and archive problem solutions
  • Diagrams, charts, graphs
  • Brainstorming
  • Venn Diagrams
  • KWL
  • Writing Samples
  • Record of class on a daily basis
  • Updates on class happenings
  • Digital newsletter
  • Parent Reminders
  • Reading Opinions
  • Problem Solutions
  • Reading Summaries
  • Current Events
digital storytelling
Digital Storytelling
  • Field Trips
  • Special Assignments
  • Lab Reports
  • Collaborative Photo Sharing
  • Blabberize, Voicethread
current projects
Current Projects
  • Web Video Project
    • Students create a video of an example of motion, analyze the motion, and create a website to communicate their findings.
chemical reaction project
Chemical Reaction Project
  • Chemical Reaction Project
    • Students create a video and photo product of a reaction type, analyze the stoichiometry of the reaction, and create a product that communicates their results.
  • PhET - Physics
  • Explore Learning
  • Confirm real world findings
  • Design experiments not possible
inspiring projects
Inspiring Projects
  • Mind-mapping/Brainstorming software
    • E.g. Mindomo, Inspiration
    • Student Use
      • Mapping out a project plan
      • Link terms and concepts from lessons
      • Webpage design
      • Flowcharts
online productivity
Online Productivity
  • Share working documents
  • Analyze comparative data working with studnets from other schools.
  • Group writing assignment
    • Prompt response
    • Reading summary
  • Email:
  • Website: