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Collections - San Diego Museum

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6 to 12
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The San Diego Museum of Art offers this online gallery of art collections, that can searched by subject, artist, collection or encyclopedia. Each painting is accompanied by a short...more
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The San Diego Museum of Art offers this online gallery of art collections, that can searched by subject, artist, collection or encyclopedia. Each painting is accompanied by a short text that provides more information on the artist, movement and the painting itself. Excellent site to tie art history into social history. Searching through the encyclopedia section allows the user to find movements in history, such as the Counter-Reformation, and art that reflects upon it.

tag(s): artists (75)

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Use this website on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an accompaniment for a history lesson. Look up a history topic your class is working on, and show them the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show how art reflects upon society. List the site on your Teacher Web page to allow students to access it in and out of the classroom, as it can also be used for a good starting point for History research papers.

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The Cave of Lascaux

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This beautiful French site documents the discovery and preservation of the ancient cave paintings discovered in caves outside Lascaux. The site contains explanations of the ancient...more
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This beautiful French site documents the discovery and preservation of the ancient cave paintings discovered in caves outside Lascaux. The site contains explanations of the ancient people who likely created the artwork, its symbolism, and the science behind its preservation. It's an interesting blending of science and art.

tag(s): painting (66)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on archeaology or a unit on the emergence of neanderthals in Europe. Have students complete the activity in cooperative learning groups.

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Atelier Nord's Artists Web Projects

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9 to 12
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Atelier Nord, Norway's first Internet art web site. This web site has images of digital art from 20-25 contemporary Norwegian artists. It could be useful to introduce the digital art...more
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Atelier Nord, Norway's first Internet art web site. This web site has images of digital art from 20-25 contemporary Norwegian artists. It could be useful to introduce the digital art medium or to provide images from cutting edge artists.

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Art History Resources on the Web

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9 to 12
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This site contains articles and links to many topics ranging from Prehistoric Art to 20th Century Art (including non-European Art). There are research resources as well as links to...more
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This site contains articles and links to many topics ranging from Prehistoric Art to 20th Century Art (including non-European Art). There are research resources as well as links to museums all over the globe. This is a complete site and excellent resource to the Art History student or teacher. This site is maintained by Chris Whitcomb, Professor of Art History, Sweet Briar College, Virginia.

tag(s): art history (69)

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Although the site is slightly difficult to navigate, the images provided and their brief bios are extremely helpful! Use this site to supplement any lesson on history, as the images can provide context for students. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Religious Beliefs Made Visual: Geometry and Islam - Ask Asia

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In this Ask Asia lesson plan, students construct their own Islamic geometric patterns as they study the patterns as analogies for the Islamic cultural beliefs. ...more
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In this Ask Asia lesson plan, students construct their own Islamic geometric patterns as they study the patterns as analogies for the Islamic cultural beliefs.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan and use it on a unit concerning Geometry in the world around us. The lesson plan is a different way for students to recognize geometric patterns in the world around them. Use the interactive whiteboard or projector to show some of the sample images and essays provided by the site on the topic before allowing students to create their own designs.

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Attitudes Toward Nature in Taoist Art - Ask Asia

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9 to 12
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Understand the Taoist point of view through art and poetry. From the Ask Asia series. ...more
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Understand the Taoist point of view through art and poetry. From the Ask Asia series.

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ARTNet Nebraska

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7 to 12
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This site is an excellent resource for detailed lesson plans 7-12 (more still being added)and well-indexed links to art resources and integrated art/technology links for all grades....more
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This site is an excellent resource for detailed lesson plans 7-12 (more still being added)and well-indexed links to art resources and integrated art/technology links for all grades. You can find an artist, find online art collections, and find Internet arts resources by subject. This site is user friendly for any art teacher.

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The Louvre

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6 to 12
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Home page for the Louvre, perhaps the greatest art museum of all. ...more
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Home page for the Louvre, perhaps the greatest art museum of all.

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Dallas Museum of Art

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4 to 12
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This site offers primarily images of works in its collections of art of the Americas, art of Europe, and more, for educational use only. ...more
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This site offers primarily images of works in its collections of art of the Americas, art of Europe, and more, for educational use only.

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Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston

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This site provides an excellent introduction on how to experience contemporary art which could help prepare any family or class for any contemporary art field trip, wherever you are....more
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This site provides an excellent introduction on how to experience contemporary art which could help prepare any family or class for any contemporary art field trip, wherever you are. There are also online exhibits formatted to feel as though you are walking through the actual museum! The valuable art links included within this site are user-friendly.

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Art Images for Instruction

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This is an elegantly-presented collection of royalty-free art images which are copyright-free when used for instructional purposes. The site is broadly divided into time periods, and...more
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This is an elegantly-presented collection of royalty-free art images which are copyright-free when used for instructional purposes. The site is broadly divided into time periods, and there are thumbnails for each image. Clicking on a thumbnail will bring up the image in several size options. Wonderful resource for art history or lessons dealing with comparative art styles.

tag(s): air (163), images (265)

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The images on this site are of amazing quality, and easy to download - making them perfect to use in your classroom. Images would make great supplements to any lecture or presentation, and are of good enough quality that bringing them up on the interactive whiteboard or projector wont pixilate or stretch them out beyond use.

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Questioning Toolkit - From Now On

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K to 12
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This site offers suggestions and examples of different types of questions to include in classrooms. Each type of question is explained and sample questions are included. For a visual...more
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This site offers suggestions and examples of different types of questions to include in classrooms. Each type of question is explained and sample questions are included. For a visual explanation of how questions work together, choose the Essential Questions link and scroll down to the diagram showing that this is center of all questions, then all other types of question serve to illuminating the Essential Questions. Links are included to additional information on each of the topics.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), questioning (31)

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Use this site as a guide when lesson planning. Demonstrate to older students how different types of questions will lead to further learning and strengthen critical thinking skills. Display the diagrams and information on the site on your interactive whiteboard to help students explore different questioning techniques. When studying a particular unit, challenge cooperative groups to create their own essential questions (and other types of questions) and create electronic "posters" or word graphics using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here).

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Fotobabble - Fotobabble

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K to 12
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Add voice to your pictures easily and effortlessly with this free site. Add your picture easily to Twitter, Facebook, and an unbelievable number of other sites. Don't see your site?...more
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Add voice to your pictures easily and effortlessly with this free site. Add your picture easily to Twitter, Facebook, and an unbelievable number of other sites. Don't see your site? Use the URL link or embed code to add your Fotobabble where you see fit. How easy is it? Upload your picture (you can choose whether it is public or remains private.) Add your voice and review quality. Share by clicking on the option you require or copy the embed code or URL to share.

tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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Users need to be able to locate and upload pictures. Use an attached or internal microphone to add voice to the picture. Manage the final product by email, adding to the vast array of services listed, or using the embed code.

Consider the use of a class account that is shared by all instead of using individual accounts.

Be sure that students understand to use appropriate and copyright free pictures. Check with your district policies about using pictures of or by students as well as using this service.

Use in any curriculum area. Use to show and tell about a favorite animal, historical figure, place, or event, artists or musicians, scientists or technologies, characters from fiction, or how to play a specific sport (as told by the ball!) to name a few. Take pictures during a science demo and have students upload and speak as the science concept - or as Sir Isaac Newton or Louis Pasteur! Have students write stories and upload a photo of their story's setting, reading their story aloud as viewers take in the setting. Try different options of storytelling: first person as an inanimate object, flashback, etc. Art teachers can have students upload a photo of recent artworks and narrate their technique or thoughts in creating the work. Speech/language teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will find that photos can promote oral language practice (and preserve a recording to demonstrate progress). A picture can SPEAK a thousand (or more) words!

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Posters of Toulouse-Lautrec - San Diego Musem of Art

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The San Diego Museum of Art offers this collection of Toulouse-Lautrec posters from the 1890s. There are images of more than a dozen posters, each with a short explanation. Interesting...more
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The San Diego Museum of Art offers this collection of Toulouse-Lautrec posters from the 1890s. There are images of more than a dozen posters, each with a short explanation. Interesting illustrations of the Parisian art scene in the 1890s. The website offers in depth information on not only the paintings; but the artists of the time, and French Culture in the late 19th century.

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Before starting a unit on 19th century history or art history, share the website on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students.

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Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States - Teaching American History

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6 to 12
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Students are ordinarily much more familiar with the signing of the Declaration of Independence than the signing of the Constitution, even though the signing of the Constitution may...more
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Students are ordinarily much more familiar with the signing of the Declaration of Independence than the signing of the Constitution, even though the signing of the Constitution may arguably be the more important event. A painting by Howard Chandler Christy documents the event, and this site provides an interactive look at the characters depicted in the painting. There is also a link to more information about the painting, which is one of the most historically accurate paintings of the founding of our country, despite the fact that it does not actually depict all of the signers. A number of other resource links may be worth pursuing for further information.

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A great resource for the interactive whiteboard or projector, although be aware that you may need to disable your pop-up blocker to get the information to display properly. Challenge students to find other paintings depicting famous events in United States (or another country). Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentation about the paintings. Create fictitious blog entries from one character in a painting to another character within another painting at another famous event. What would John F. Kennedy write to Benjamin Franklin?
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Mesopotamia-The British Museum - The British Museum

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6 to 12
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The British Museum presents this visually stunning site about the "cradle of civilization," Mesopotamia. Approach your study from one of several perspectives: geography, time, gods...more
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The British Museum presents this visually stunning site about the "cradle of civilization," Mesopotamia. Approach your study from one of several perspectives: geography, time, gods and goddesses, or writing. Each module has information, some extension narrative, and a challenge game (with requires Shockwave). For teachers, the best part is the Staffroom section which offers step by step information about using the site in the classroom. Start there to quickly discover how you can best use this resource.

tag(s): architecture (83), mesopotamia (6), middle east (30), writing (358)

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An interactive whiteboard or projector will take advantage of the strong visual impact of this site, but it will also be useful for individual exploration by students either in a computer cluster or from home. Students can try the "challenge" games as an extension, or for those who finish other work quickly. Bookmark the site (or save in favorites) for independent research.

Challenge students to research a various portion of this site and create a multimedia presentation (either independently or in cooperative learning groups.) How about having students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Challenge students to narrate while the exact location is shown on a map! What a fabulous way to link history, geography, and presentation skills!
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Adobe Museum of Digital Media - Adobe

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9 to 12
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Come and visit the first ever, virtual digital arts museum. Adobe's innovative museum is the recipient of the 2011 Webby Award. This visually impressive site combines digital media,...more
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Come and visit the first ever, virtual digital arts museum. Adobe's innovative museum is the recipient of the 2011 Webby Award. This visually impressive site combines digital media, computer technology, and fine arts. Mechanical jellyfish like eyes acting as docents guide viewers through five virtual exhibition halls. These rooms host an introduction to the museum, lectures, and innovative visual experiences.

tag(s): artists (75), computers (94), museums (49), virtual field trips (48)

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The content in this museum is perfect for high school age students interested in pursuing a career in digital arts. Take time to view the exhibits first, research the content and prepare questions for class discussion about the site. Consider projecting exhibits to the whole class via interactive whiteboard or projector, or have students view the site in small collaborative groups. The lectures present unique perspectives on the history of technology, and pose questions such as "Where does innovation come from?" This site could spark interesting questions and a dynamic classroom dialogue about how technology effects our society today. The concept of creating a museum space that exists completely online is an appealing idea for schools looking for innovative ways to communicate and present content. Challenge students to create their own virtual museum spaces using one of many multimedia tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge. Share a link to the Adobe Museum of Digital Media on your class website for students to access at home.
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Bookemon - Bookemon, Inc.

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K to 12
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Write your own original books, add images and artwork as illustrations, and read your published books in interactive, online form. There is no fee for the online publication and sharing....more
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Write your own original books, add images and artwork as illustrations, and read your published books in interactive, online form. There is no fee for the online publication and sharing. This is the ultimate in "digital storytelling." Click "Explore" to browse many "public" examples on the templates page of books created by others. Take advantage of the free apps that make Bookemon even easier to use with any device! Use Bookemon Reader to READ books you created in Bookemon or Bookemon edCenter (available for both iOS and Android). BookPress for iOS devices only allows you to CREATE books from scratch, including using photos from your iPad/iPhone. InstaPress (for iOS only) offers options to make books from documents, pdfs, etc. to be shared on mobile devices as eBooks. Here is an example of a book created by the TeachersFirst Edge editors. Once you set up free membership in this site, students (or teachers) can select to create from a blank start or using templates provided. You can also create a book starter of your own as an example so students can follow the prompts you have created. The book creator allows you to upload your own images and to create books from a Word document or PowerPoint file you have already made. EdCenter users can collaborate on books.

After you save and publish the work, share the URL so people can read the entire thing online, either among an audience of "just my friends" or publicly. They also offer the embed code to place your books in a class or school web page, wiki, or blog. The easiest option is to copy the address of the new window displaying the interactive book. There is an option to have the book printed for a fee, but this is not required. You can also read books created by others (if they make them public). Use the fully-public option to create learning materials for classes to access year to year for at-home review or reading practice.

This site requires a simple registration. Teachers can set up an edCenter for their school or class in accordance with school policies. See more detailed suggestions "In the Classroom" below and in our sample book! Newer mobile device options include players to view your books on iPads and more.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142), writing (358)

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SKIP the profile and friends areas to get to the book creator to play with the tools a bit. Before you get too involved, create an edCenter to minimize advertising and create books in your own teacher-friendly class environment. Use the edCenter to register students and establish privacy settings for your class. No student emails are required.

On the Create Books page, choose from using a blank book, starting from a file, or using a template. Choose "school" to see projects from other classes or a sample created by you or a student team working in advance along with you. Explore ready-made themes (seasonal, topical, etc.) or use "open theme." Choose book dimensions (match layout shape to any uploaded files, such as PowerPoint slides). Enter settings and description of your book (editable later), including who is allowed to "see" it: everyone, just friends, or private. Again choose a "theme" - more of a category where Bookemon will list your completed book. A logical option is "school." Experiment with tools to upload files (within file limits), add images, add text, etc. Written help is offered as you go, but there is no video demo. SAVE often. Turn margins on to avoid chopping content. To share the book, you must "publish" it (i.e. finalize).

Once published, locate the book under "My Books" and use options to share (by email--and see the URL to copy from there), "Make a new edition" to create a new version--also useful for treating the original as a template for later books), Post to Other Sites offers embed codes. The BEST option is to click the book COVER which opens a new window without ads or "stuff," and copy the ADDRESS of that window to paste into email, etc. You can also mark that clean window view as a Favorite on a classroom computer!

Use your edCenter settings to manage social networking features. This will avoid the "public" Bookemon features such as opportunities to share address books, use social tools such as Facebook to share your books, etc. Teacher-controlled edCenter accounts are probably the easiest option for managing within school policies.

With younger students, have them begin their work in PowerPoint then upload for whole-class books. See an example, created by the TeachersFirst Edge editors . The example is full of ideas for classroom use from Kindergarten to high school, including science concept tales, poetry books, general writing, math problem solve-its, and more. ANY grade can use this tool, depending on the amount of direction by the teacher. (By the way, the correct answer to the problem in the sample book is c. 27.) Another idea: have students create personalized books for their parents or grandparents for special occasions (Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day).

Use the mobile device features offered in your BYOD classroom to make and share books, PDF's, and more. Tip: Use this site for a guided introduction to social networking as a class, an excellent teaching opportunity for digital citizenship in the context of a project.

This is one of the best creative tools for gifted students to go above and beyond regular curriculum. Don't let the "juvenile" appearance fool you. Even older students can write and include images to create and share books of any length. Any independent research or writing project can become an interactive book. Even advanced science experiments and lab reports can be shared online using this tool. Once you have one book, you can use that as a template for others. Inspire your gifted students to create literary magazine or even a personal online "portfolio" of writing, artwork, or photography presented in interactive book form.

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This is one of my all time favorite creative tools. Very versatile. Great for making "buddy books" or for teacher-created learning "books." Make one as a whole class to summarize a science unit in primary grades. I even use it personally to make fee online "gifts" for children I know. I did purchase one print version, and it looked great. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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Cycles vs. Checklists: Fostering Creative Process in an Accountability World - TeachersFirst/Candace Hackett Shively

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6 to 12
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Accountability for curriculum creates a tug-of-war with creativity in the data-driven world of education. Find ideas and examples for respecting and incorporating students' creative...more
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Accountability for curriculum creates a tug-of-war with creativity in the data-driven world of education. Find ideas and examples for respecting and incorporating students' creative process as an overlay to even the most restrictive curriculum in these pages, originally part of a presentation by Candace Hackett Shively at the ISTE 2011 conference. Take a high-level look at what theorists and practicing "creative people" say about creative process, and find practical ways to make that process a habit in your classroom. Download customizable assignments and rubrics as examples to use with middle and high school students. This resource is a "macro" overview of creative process, companion to the "micro" (skills based) analysis offered in our Dimensions of Creativity pages.

tag(s): creativity (109)

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Teachers in any subject will find ideas for fostering creativity in their classroom, especially with students developmentally ready to talk about their own creative process (usually middle school and up). Make this professional information a discussion item among your teaching peers and with parents. Share it with colleagues for an informal inservice session. Use the many resources to help students discover their own creative process just as you would help them discover their learning styles. Make creative process a habit in your class assignments through electronic idea bins and more.

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Hands Off, Vanna! Giving Students Control of Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Learning - TeachersFirst/Candace Hackett Shively

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If you have an IWB, use it well. These pages, filled with practical ideas and examples for student-directed use of the interactive whiteboard as a collaborative learning space, originally...more
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If you have an IWB, use it well. These pages, filled with practical ideas and examples for student-directed use of the interactive whiteboard as a collaborative learning space, originally accompanied a presentation by Candace Hackett Shively at the ISTE 2011 conference. Find specific ideas and web tools for making the IWB a student tool and avoiding the trap of being a teacher-Vanna (or Vance). See examples and classroom management tips to share this kinesthetic learning tool among students and leverage its capabilities in student-centered activities. The presentation is brand-agnostic, though some of the examples use SMART brand software (viewable with SMART Notebook Express, a free online tool, reviewed here). There are downloadable handouts and files along with the many suggestions.

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Teachers in any subject and grade level will find ideas for IWB learning in their classroom. Make this professional information a self-guided tour to improve your use of a new or existing IWB. Share it with colleagues for an informal inservice session. Everything is here for you to explore and learn. If you are in charge of leading professional development about IWBs, this new perspective on student-centered use will send Vanna packing and inspire many new avenues for learning.
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