Creativity and Innovation Tools

In this project, you will explore more web-based creativity tools and develop two lesson activities that support creativity and innovation.

Below are some creativity tools listed. You will pick TWO tools and explore them. Of course, you may explore and use other tools that are not listed here for this project (- but please try not to pick ones you have already used in this class). After learning about the tools, you will create two different lesson materials for your target class using these tools. These lesson materials should be designed to support creativity of your students (-you may refer to NETS-Creativity & Innovation). The lesson material can be either something that will be used by a teacher or what the teacher asks students to create. If you decide to do the latter case, you will be creating an exemplary student work. REMEMBER that ‘at least’ one of you lesson materials MUST be a sample student work.

STEP ONE. Spend some time exploring the tools above and pick two that you may like to use for your target class.

STEP TWO. Brainstorm how you can use these two tools for your lessons. You will write a proposal that describes your plans about how you want to use the tools in your potential class and submit this document to me. You can submit your proposal in paper, via email, or by sharing a Google Doc (-whichever you like!). In your proposal for each tool, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Lesson or activity name (if possible)
  • Goals and objectives for the lesson/activity
  • Curriculum Standards that will be addressed in your lesson (if available)
  • The target audience
  • A brief description about how you will use each tool and what lesson material you will create using each tool

This is a proposal. So you can revise it if you change your mind upon my approval.

*IMPORTANT* – In each proposed lesson, students should create some kind of product using the tool or as a result of using the tool – that is what you will be creating for our creativity/innovation project as well. 

STEP THREE. Once your proposal is approved, start working on your proposed lesson activities/materials.

STEP FOUR. Create a “Creativity & Innovation Tools” page on your Google portfolio website.

STEP FIVE. On the “Creativity & Innovation Tools” page, write two lesson activities that you planned with the tools you selected (- you might want to create a subpage under the Creativity & Innovation Tools page for each lesson plan). In each of your lesson plan, include the following information:

  • Lesson/activity title
  • Goals and objectives for the lesson/activity
  • The target audience
  • Curriculum Standards addressed in the lesson (if available) – please state the standard you are addressing, not only the standard number.
  • Description of the tool that was used and the link to the tool
  • Description of the activity and lesson materials – how the lesson material will be used or what students will create with the tool (if the lesson material is a sample student work)
  • The link to the lesson material (or you may insert or embed the lesson material to the page)
  • Description of how this activity meets the NETS for creativity and innovation and/or supports creativity of your students

*NETS for 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.

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