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Tech Integration to Elevate Critical Thinking, Creativity, Problem Solving, Depth and Complexity

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: 118A

Julie Jaeger  
Thinking critically and creatively elevates students to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. Thinking with depth and complexity promotes understanding with sticking power. Ponder, problem-solve and engage in the rigor and relevance of higher-order thinking as you explore tech resources to inspire and elevate learning at all levels.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will be using online resources only. Participants will benefit from having a device in order to interact with the presentation. However, much will be gained even If they choose to simply view the presentation and they can always go back to all resources on the site provided.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: to introduce and practice implementation of technology resources for the purpose elevating higher order critical thinking and creativity across the curriculum. Show how technology resources provide unique flexibility and opportunity for teachers to ramp up the rigor and relevance as students actively interact with tech resources in ways not possible using traditional resources. Model integration of Bloom's Questioning and Kaplan's Depth and Complexity models while working through resources. Emphasize that providing students opportunities to Think is Critical; moving them beyond - to Metacognition, Evaluation and Application - is an essential life skill.

•Provide interactive technology resources and activities that can be immediately implemented for the purpose of elevating thinking and creativity in a variety of ways.
•Interact with tech resources that provide opportunities for higher order critical thinking and creativity using strategies that promote both.
•Review/Introduce Blooms Questioning for the purpose of evaluating tech resources for rigor, and model how to use questioning strategies effectively to elicit higher order thinking while integrating tech resources.
•Review/introduce Kaplan's model for Depth and Complexity and model how to apply it while integrating tech resources. 2 or more of the Depth and Complexity icons will be integrated into the presentation.
•Examine resources as potential for elevating student thinking and learning, inspiring creativity and moving students through questioning, wonderment and awe as they explore new.

My website has all the links available and activities to support what is presented. None of these resources are mine alone, but the implementation I have developed to foster higher order critical thinking and creativity across curricular areas and ability levels, as well as awareness of availability of numerous free resources will be new to most participants.

Evidence of Success: Participants will leave with numerous immediate to implement resources and ideas and will take away an understanding of how just changing their questioning strategies and/or including Depth and Complexity framework will help elevate student higher order critical thinking and creativity.


Introductory activities to get teachers involved immediately with questioning and thinking models 15 min.
Introduce resource area for teachers to participate and reference during and after session. 5 min
Demonstrate through an activity using online resource how questioning and pausing for think time elevates the rigor and relevance of the activity. 15 min.
Introduce resources and model importance of Blooms Questioning and Kaplans Depth and Complexity to inspire thinking through activities using online resources 20 min
Participant activities - a variety of activities will be used with participants interacting with the technology 90 min.
Review of additional resources available on my site 10 min
Additional activity and practice in questioning - think pair share 15 min
Wrap up - quick review of resources/activities used and question/answer time 10 min

This could be reduced to a 90 min with fewer examples.

Supporting research

Creativity: From Dull to Creative Ian Bird Gifted Educator and Presesnter
How to Increase Higher Level Thinking Alice Thomas and Glenda Thorne
Blooms Taxonomy
Underachievement: Another Perspective by Dr. Sandra Kaplan
Understanding Depth and Complexity Envision Gifted
Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (Use Brain-Based Learning and Neuroeducation to Differentiate Instruction) 2nd Edition
by David A. Sousa (Author), Carol Ann Tomlinson (Author)
Using Technology in the Differentiated Classroom Slideshare
Differentiated Instruction a Research Basis
Teachnology How to Differentiate
Resources for Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated Instruction
CarolAnn Tomlinson How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms (Text)
Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligences

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Julie Jaeger, Minot, ND

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