Posted on August 10, 2015 by nellie100
Using Creativity in the Classroom
Research have shown that students learn best when they are able to construct their learning. Using creativity in the classroom is an excellent way to engage students and to let them construct their learning. It is also a way for students and teachers alike to hone their technology skills. I explored several creativity tools that I found beneficial.
Moovly is a creativity tools that is used to create animated videos, banner and ads, video presentations, animated infographics, E-cards, video clips or any combination tools to create all types of projects. Moovlys are multimedia creations that can be used to demonstrate, explain, show or entertain. I particularly like the Moovly tool because you can use it for a variety of activities. I also like it for use with the students, because students have several options they can select to use with a project, report, or a presentation.
One creativity tool I explored was Google drive. Google drive lets you create everything from documents to presentations. There is an array of tools you can use. I like the idea that you can use it to create documents and PowerPoint presentations. I dislike that it is very similar to Microsoft office.
Sound recorder can be used to record voices. I like sound recorder for myself and my students. I would use sound recorder to have students record their prediction for a story, to practice delivering a speech, etc. I like sound recorder because I feel that it could be a good tool to use especially in classes that have students present and give reports. The sound recorder could also be used for audio recording a presentation. I really didn’t find anything I disliked about sound recorder.
Paint is a really cool tool that can be used in a variety of ways. You can select pre-made shapes or draw your own shapes. You can insert text and even color your shapes. I like the tools for myself because I can use it to create manipulatives. I like the tool for students because they can use paint to create a variety of things such as thinking maps and graphics. They can create visual for presentations such as a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting.
I could use this tool in my Language Arts class for reading comprehension of literary text and drama.
Students would be introduced to literary text and drama. A non-fiction text would be selected. Students would participate in a discussion about literary text and drama and would be shown examples. Direct instruction would include a demonstration on making inference, drawing conclusions about the structure and elements of drama and how to provide evidence from the text to support understanding. This will prepare students for the culminating activity. Student would then compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the setting, characters and plot of the play and film using Moovly to create a presentation. Students can choose to use animation, video clips from the film, video presentation or any combination of Moovly tools for the presentation.
The use of Moovly tools would afford students the opportunity to become acquainted with different technology tools that can be used for presentations, research, writing, and projects. Use of this technology would not only help students acquire additional technology skills but could also give them a real world view into careers in animation and videology. Using creativity tools will help students as well as teachers, advance from basic technology skills toward proficiency.
Additionally, student could use Moovly at to create blogs, connect with other people, and publish their work. They can also use Moovly when away from school to create family videos, birthday cards, banners and ads to name a few.
It is important to know about and use creativity tools because they can stimulate and motivate students to learn. Using technology tools are appealing to young people. Creativity tools help students think critically, and make the learning process more meaningful. I think that students should be exposed to a variety of creativity tools, even the ones that I did not care for. This will allow students to explore tools they are comfortable with and be challenged by tools they may be uncomfortable. Creativity tools are a catalyst for student engagement and interest.
Posted on August 10, 2015 at 3:45 am