Technology has created a whole different perspective and new insights in making sense of the world around us. The best news is that there are so many cool technology tools we can use as a medium for creative expression and design thinking.
According to neuroscience research, children are born with innate creative skills. Some keep them active while others unconsciously suppress them. In any case, studies have shown that all students have the capacity for high levels of creativity.
There are a few simple ways to boost student creativity with the use of technology. Deeper engagement with the material and improvement in overall performance, often accompany the results. Consider using these creativity building tools:
Explaining a concept through words alone sometimes isn’t enough for them to get it! This is where mind mapping tools can help. They engage the students’ creativity by encouraging them to interconnect a central concept and related sub-concepts, using their own thoughts and ideas. MindMaple is one such tool.
Represent complex data in a colorful way using graphs and images that help students interpret information faster. Creativity and imagination can be combined using a number of infographic tools. There are easy to use tools like Venngage, GoogleCharts, and Piktochart, and more professional tools such as Tableau or Inkspace.
Still one of the best ways to promote teamwork and creativity. Educational games stimulate the brain and provide an incentive for creative learning. GBL encourages students to interact to devise new intuitive ways to understand and tackle problems. A great way to build their social-emotional and creative skills.
Blogs give students the freedom to post their written thoughts online while developing their creative thinking and writing skills. Students may even volunteer to edit and manage a common class blog. To analyze the class blog, use word cloud generator Wordle as a fun way understand word or idea usage frequency in student writing. Padlet can be used to encourage class creative storytelling - one digital “post-it” at a time!
All of these tools trigger creative thinking in students, yet some teachers may still be hesitant about incorporating these new learning technologies in their classroom. This is understandable.
Why not get in the game?! Make a little time to upgrade your own understanding of how and when to use technology tools in class.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a boost in creativityand love of learning in your students. How awesome is that!
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