Catching Creativity Where Creativity, Pedagogy & Technology Intersect

Catching Creativity is a newsletter developed by Shakopee Digital Learning Coaches to share ideas and inspire all of us to embrace the 6C's and reshape learning experiences.


Sweeney Ks have been practicing book reviews on some of their favorite books. They shared their reviews in a news show using Touchcast and a green screen. Check out some samples below!

Breakout EDU

Sun Path Media • 3rd graders showed their knowledge of the media center and genres by completing a BreakoutEDU. This was developed with Mr. Lincoln and DLCs to challenge the students to think outside the box and work together. The students gave it a 10!

Jackson High Potential • They broke out! Students worked collaboratively to find clues and solve puzzles to unlock the boxes in the room. Critical thinking skills, teamwork and problem solving skills were used throughout the time given. Check out this video that recaps the project:

First Grade

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America, 1st grade students at Jackson settled in to read a variety of Dr. Seuss classics. They chose their favorite book and created a video using the Green Screen app by DoInk to share their opinions about it.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Fourth Grade

Sweeney 4th graders took a new approach to writing up their state reports by creating a class website to demonstrate their learning. Students researched their state, then organized content with text, headings and creative commons images. Google Sites was the perfect website publication tool to complete this project.

Website preview - view more on link below

Fifth Grade

Eagle Creek 5th grade students had the opportunity to use their creativity while showing what they learned about events leading up to the Revolutionary War. Students went through the writing process to create a script and storyboard prior to recording multiple scenes using the iMotion app, a stop motion app. The final editing came together using Green Screen by DoInk and iMovie.

Stop Motion app and Green Screen project

Junior High

Algebra 1 students at West Junior High worked on planning the “Illest Road Trip Ever” during their linear equations unit. The project was discovered in the MathTwitterBlogoSphere (aka #MTBoS) on Twitter thanks to Carl Oliver (@carloliwitter). Students worked through their budget for the trip and connected knowledge of data, rates, and initial values to points, slopes, and intercepts. Students also needed a theme for their road trip and created a 60 second video pitch to sell their idea to our “TV executives” to make their road trip a reality show. Crystal and Ashley from our Communications department and Jake Sturgis from Capture Video in Eden Prairie evaluated the video finalists and picked the winners.

Jake Sturgis from Capture Video announces the winner

Essential English students at West Junior High researched Social Injustice. Their goal was to write a paper and present their findings to the class. Adobe Spark Video was the presentation tool of choice for most students. Spark has a simple interface that makes it easy to add media, text and icons to a video slideshow. You can narrate any slide, which allows students to add their own voice to the videos.

High School

New this year to the high school, students enrolled in Instructional Technology Solutions (ITS) staff a student-run help desk in the Media Center. In addition to being the front line of defense for student technology issues, these ITS students collaborate with Digital Learning Coaches to bring innovative tech tools to the classroom. This year, ITS students have worked with DLCs to get familiar with Aurasma, iBooks Author, and Adobe Spark Pages before assisting with social studies and English class projects. Check out their website for tech tips, app reviews, teacher spotlights, and more!

Professional Learning Courses in Canvas

Teaching with iPads & MacBooks DLCs have created three fantastic courses to support teaching with devices. The courses are self-paced and you can earn CEUs. Plus, they are chock full of helpful reminders and pro tips! These digital learning courses should be your go-to when you're looking for ideas or reminders! We continue to update digital learning courses throughout the year. Contact a DLC with any questions about Canvas PD courses.

CEU Requirements DLCs have collaborated with content experts to create engaging self-paced courses in Canvas that meet relicensure requirements including EL and Behavior. We are working on courses that meet mental health, and suicide prevention, and secondary literacy CEU requirements. For more information about relicensure check out the CEU Committee FAQ.

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