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7 Ways to Inspire Creativity in the Classroom With Technology

7 Ways to Inspire Creativity in the Classroom With Technology

By Taylor Lund

Most educators believe that every child is born creative. Unfortunately, this creativity is often stifled in a school system where teachers are pressured to “teach to the test” or hit rigid academic goals—when we stop using the creative nature, we can lose sight of the dreams we once had.

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Luckily, there’s always time for creativity in the classroom, especially with tech tools that make it easy and efficient to facilitate. Here are seven apps and websites that will help you make time for creativity in the classroom without adding more work for you or your students.

1. Inspiration Maps

This app allows teachers and students to create concept maps, diagrams, family trees, and more, encouraging students to brainstorm and organize facts in a creative way. Features such as file sharing make it a valuable collaboration tool as well.

2. Deekit

This online whiteboard allows students to interact in real time and share materials and notes instantly. Students can draw and add text and images for the whole class to view, which gives them a chance to be creative and see how other students comprehend the lesson differently.

3. Google Maps

Google Maps is a more creative way to teach your class about geography, math, language and art. Use Earth Picker, a feature that randomly selects a location, and have students determine based on creative cues like architecture, monuments and surrounding imagery.

4. TED Talks

Choose a TedTalk to inspire a lesson and your students’ creativity on that topic. Using the video as a vehicle for the lesson is appealing for every kind of learner because it has visual, auditory, and even kinesthetic aspects, if you do a hands-on activity afterwards. TED has a growing library of videos that you can use for lesson building.inspire creativity in the classroom

5. iAnnotate

Students use iAnnotate for digital note taking, using a pen, highlighter, and even photos. This makes it possible for students to use the effective tactic of close reading in the digital world and express their creativity in the way they take their notes. This is also a great grading tool for teachers.

 

6. WordPress

Use this blogging platform with younger students to create “learning stories”—a collaborative effort between students, teachers, and families to share their work.

7. Paper by 53

This app allows students to create sketches, notes, and ideas, both at home and in class. Students can create diagrams and charts with an easy pen tool, making it easy to put notes on “paper” in a more creative format.

Technology is making it easier than ever to keep the classroom creative without putting more work on your plate, or taking away from the lessons you’ve already written. Whether students are taking notes more creatively, or writing their learning story to share with friends and family.

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