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Champion Creatively Alive Children

of creativity and ed tech together to
enthrall students and enliven faculty."
Stephans said his school's journey
was sparked by a Carnegie Mellon
University Make-a-Thon. When his
teachers shared with the rest of the
faculty what they learned at the "Arts
'n Bots" professional development
session, the electricity in the room
was palpable. This led to Regency
Park students creating and coding
customized, handcrafted robotic
Explorer characters. The project
merged technology, art, language
arts, and history as the characters
came to life-telling stories from
their history lessons.

Coronita Elementary School,
Corona, California

Tech Tools that
Are Truly Creative
Damian Sugrue, principal of Luther Conant Elementary School in Acton,
Massachusetts, is also committed to having creativity drive the technology
adoption in his school and credits his school's progress to art teacher Melissa
Hayes. "When you have a highly collaborative, visionary teacher leader like
Melissa, provide the support needed to help embed schoolwide."
For example, Sugrue provides substitutes periodically so that Hayes can
co-teach and coach colleagues in their classrooms, showing them how to
embrace the creative process and use tech tools that build creative thinking.
Hayes recommended the following tech tools that align with the creative
processes:
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Blair Dual Language School,
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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"The era of teachers standing on
center stage giving out content is over.
Learning is more meaningful when
students discover it in a real-world,
hands-on context that uses their
own creative ideas and technology,"
Stephans said. According to the
principal, when the students learned
how to code their Explorer characters
for the history project, they were
intrinsically driven to get the robots'
facial expressions and nonfiction
storytelling right, not to pass some
memorization test. Coding robots was
one part of the art- and technologyintegrated social studies-language arts
project, not a stand-alone end goal.
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Create. Crayola Animator provides a streamlined way of turning students'
drawings into animations. The mannequin connects with the iPad app and
enables students to design characters' movements as well as background
scenes.
Present. Chatterpix is great for merging physical and digital creating.
Students paint or draw portraits, or make 3-D sculptures, mark where the
mouth is and then record what the historical character or creature should
say. Art comes alive with the child's own words.
Respond. Thirty Hands turns student drawings or paintings into a slideshow.
They can add voiceovers that document their response to others' work.
Connect. Help students document the creative process by taking photos
and videos of classmates during the hands-on, minds-on artmaking process.
Filming peers helps students become astute observers of others' efforts and
epiphanies. This deepens metacognition.

Using technology, in service of broader objectives, is clearly a theme within
innovative schools and the Future Ready Learning report. Blending creative
hands-on experiences with tech-enabled tools and resources is elevating projectbased learning to a higher level-and simultaneously transforming roles of
both teachers and learners.
Cheri Sterman is the director of education at Crayola.
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