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Make, Learn, Succeed: Building a Culture of Creativity in Your School

Location: Hyatt Regency Prairie

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 25, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Prairie

Mark Gura   Michele Haiken   Rachelle Dene Poth  
Based on The ISTE published book, Make, Learn, Succeed: Building a Culture of Creativity in Your School, this session will illustrate a path for educators to take as they transform their classroom into a learning environment that makes the development of Student Creativity a central focus.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educators agree that Creativity is an intellectual skill set that students will strongly need and employ in their ongoing learning, and especially in their future work and living environments beyond school. Still, the extent to which creativity is made a focus in the educational experience students receive and the capacity our schools currently have to provide this, practically and meaningfully, needs to be expanded greatly. Attendees of this session will receive important conceptual background on these needs andand how to satisfy them. Further, they will leave knowing a variety of approaches to modifying existing curriculum to foster Student Creativity, to practically introduce new varieties of instruction that make creativity a central and supporting element, and will leave knowing how to repurpose digital resources already in classrooms as creativity tools, as well as where to acquire free ones. Further, they will learn a number of approaches and activities to use in bringing creativity into the instructional program across the curriculum. Some of the above will be gleaned from the lead presenter’s ISTE Book, Make, Learn, Succeed: Building a Culture of Creativity in Your School. The book offers a body of field practitioners’ (teachers, coaches, and others) experiences, reflections, and recommendations and several of these colleagues will join the lead presenter in expanding on these and presenting them to the audience.


The session will start with a brief (5 minute) introduction to establish context for the content to come and introduce the presenters. - The session will present 10 minutes of background info. illustrated with screen shots of student projects and students at work on them. 3 – 4 high potential instructional resources and practices will be presented in depth. The various presenters will each highlight their own favorite practices and resources. The audience will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion, sharing their own experience. 10 minutes will be formally allotted for audience Q & . The session will wrap up with a very brief discussion of how the participants may continue to learn in this area

Supporting research

This session will make use of research done for the book Make, Learn, Succeed: Building a Culture of Creativity in your Schoo - by Mark Gura / ISTE 2016. This book lists over 70 references (pages 205 - 210)

Additionally, the session will be supported by information gathered for the Spring 2017 ISTE Professional Learning Series webinar "Literacy and Creativity: Essential Skills for 21st Century Students" Presented by Mark Gura and Evelyn Wassel

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Mark Gura, EdTech Digest
Michele Haiken, ISTE Literacy Network Leadership Committee
Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

I teach Spanish and STEAM. I am also an attorney and have a Master’s in Instructional Technology. I am the President for Teacher Education Network, Communications Chair for ISTE Mobile Learning Network. I was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT and by NSBA as one of "20 to watch" educators. I am proud to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, an Ambassador for Buncee, Flipgrid, Hoonuit, and an Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, and TES Ambassador . I wrote chapter 3 of “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and Chapter 6 of “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE.

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