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Creativity is Key

Creativity is Key

iPadPalooza was an amazing event this week. I think about all I can say is WOW! This is an amazing conference, and if you haven’t had the chance to attend, it’s really a must for next year. You can also check out the #iplza15 hashtag for incredible quotes, ideas and resources.

So here are my reflections …

Thursday afternoon I got to HANG OUT with George Couros! Holy guacamole! We went to several sessions and had some great conversations. We talked about SAMR, respect and relationships just to name a few.

Richard Well’s session was really interesting. He basically gave an overview of all sorts of learning models and then ended with a statement that we needed to use a bit of them all.

George’s tweet says it really well –

Then, Tracy Clark shared about adopting a posture of experimentation. I love this thinking. It’s basically another way of talking about a “growth mindset” and was focused on us as educators and students.  One of the most powerful points she shared was that after you experience success, it can be even harder to try and fail. I certainly agree.

So here’s my very simple, boiled down, take away from Thursday afternoon – as well as great way to describe my educational philosophy.

Creativity is Key #iPlza15 #growthmindset #creativity

Creativity, growth and engagement are key.

I think it really all comes down to creativity. With creativity comes a level of freedom that students have to feel. With creativity comes engagement – they are producing their own version, product or question. With creativity comes failure and growth, an opportunity to learn what works for them.

So it’s really less about exactly how your teaching, but more about what YOU and YOUR STUDENTS are creating. Find something you’re passionate about creating. Adopt a posture of experimentation yourself, then be open about your creativity, experiments, successes and failures with your students.

MZ Sig

 

 

P. S. – This is outside my usual “box”! If you read here often, you know I usually post projects and tech tips. Thanks for reading & I’d love to hear your thoughts!

ThingLink Interactive AppSmash Webinar

ThingLink Interactive AppSmash Webinar

Are you a fan of App Smashing? Have you taken the ThingLink App Smash Challenge? Or, maybe you’re just wondering what they’re both all about! Please join ThingLink Expert Educators, Susan Oxnevad, Laura Moore, Daniel Gallagher and myself for a free live webinar, sponsored by ThingLink, on December 9th, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Central Time).… Continue Reading


iHaiku You

iHaiku You

Tomorrow I’m excited to share about creating iPoetry at iPadPalooza 2014. This week has been filled with great sessions, awesome connections, and new ideas to celebrate! My brain is full of things to test out over the summer and as soon as I get back to my classroom! Below is the Smore for my iHaiku… Continue Reading


App Smashing & Inspiration at TCEA14

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App Smashing Presentation Smore – Updated

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Last Tuesday I did a few presentations at my local Education Service Center for their annual TCEA sponsored technology day. You can find out more about my Math Apps presentation here, but I also shared about App Smashing. I was so excited to share with these educators what kind of possibilities can be created when… Continue Reading


Math Apps – Concrete, Representational & Abstract

Math Apps – Concrete, Representational & Abstract

This past Tuesday I had the privilege of presenting at my local Education Service Center’s annual TCEA sponsored technology event “Unwired Unleashed”. It was a great conference, and thanks so much to all who worked so hard to put it together! One of the sessions I presented focused on math apps for iPads in the elementary… Continue Reading