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.
First grade students at Eagle Creek have been working hard surveying fourth graders in Math. The students tallied their results and created bar graphs. They shared their findings by creating a news show using the Touchcast app and a green screen.
Students at Sweeney used the iPads and green screens to record information they knew about various continents and then used Do Ink to drop in photos representing each of the continents.
Fourth graders at Jackson have been working hard learning how to code with the Scratch Jr app over the past few weeks. These students are now in the process of using Scratch to create animated scenes illustrating stories they are reading. Learn more about using Scratch in the classroom.
Chemistry students participated in a Breakout EDU session to practice their knowledge of chemical reactions and skills solving chemical equations. The teacher-created challenges required students to work together in small groups then communicate and collaborate across groups to combine chemistry with problem-solving to uncover clues to open locks on a lockbox.
Teachers can develop breakout challenges specific to their content. One chemistry challenge required students to review equations to determine which had been solved incorrectly. Incorrect answers then led to the combination to unlock a box containing a blacklight. The blacklight was required to complete other challenges. For example, after solving a different series of equations, students had to collaborate to use other clues to figure out that directional information was written on the periodic table on the wall. They needed the blacklight to find arrows on the table and used the equations to interpret those arrows to open a directional lock.
40 minutes, 8 puzzles, 6 locks. Watch the videos below to see what happened!
Breakout activities are a great way to engage students in learning or reviewing content and skills while engaging in the 4Cs (collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking). The DLC team would love to co-plan or co-facilitate a breakout experience with you!
Professional Learning Opportunities
Become an Apple Teacher
The Apple Teacher program is an amazing and FREE program that helps you unlock the creative and productivity-enhancing capabilities of your iPad and Mac! Here's great opportunity to get ideas directly from Apple, then complete a few online quizzes and earn an official Apple Teacher logo that you can share!
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.