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Creativity, the Thread of the 5 C's

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, November 30, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Danielle Abernethy  
Debbie Bohanan  
Lindsay Foster  
Anne Truger  

In the real world, we communicate and use critical thinking skills as we problem solve and collaborating with others. Creativity is the thread that helps pull these C's together as we coach, teach and explore as the teacher and learner. Come learn how to tie it all together.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
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: Google Apps, BrainPOP, Adobe Products, LEGO, Wixie, and other apps will be shared, but are truly not the focus of the session. Any activity we share will have multiple resources students may select from, which goes back to empowering students to choose the tool for their learning outcome. Since we are setting this up as a lecture or a poster, examples will be shared and explored.
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers and the larger community.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Influencer Disclosure: This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Authentic learning with real world applications and problems in any subject to help reduce the anxiety and empower the students in a positive way is the goal that we are reaching this year. The 5 C's are used to help drive a focus, and during the development of these lessons that could be taught with any group of students, creativity stood out as the thread that held them together. Whether it was to help students collaborate or critically analyze and problem solve, creativity was needed. This session will share lessons, which apps we had the most success with, and samples of the students work. It is our goal to share our work to inspire others.


Outline I. Introduction of Presenters
A. Anne Truger
B. Lindsay Foster
C. Danielle Abernethy
D. Debbie Bohanan
II. The 5 C's and How We Use Them
A. Critical Thinking - learning to solve problems
B. Communication - how to share ideas and even compromise
C. Collaboration - working with varied team members
D. Citizenship - of the class, school, town, state, nation, world and the net
E. Creativity - how this is the thread that ties it all together.
F. Addressing other Cs - Compassion, courage, constraint,
III. Favorite Activities that met the 5 C's: For each activity:
A. The lesson and how it met the 5 C's
B. Samples from students
C. Apps that were used
IV. Additional Resources
V. Q&A

Supporting research

Mathematical Mindset:

The 5th C:

Educating the 5 C's:

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching 1st Edition by Jo Boaler (Author)

Education is a Time Machine:

Creative Instructional Design and Cognitive Complexity:

Mathematics Best Practices for an Elementary Classroom:

7 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Classroom:

Creativity from Two Perspectives: Prospective
Mathematics Teachers and Mathematician:

Making in Math:

What does Good Math Instruction Look Like:

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Danielle Abernethy, Private Contractor

Danielle's passion for educational technology began in 1997 when all she had access to was a computer in a closet of the media center with Internet. As a former technology coach, DEN STAR, DEN Leader and member of other educational organizations, she has learned the power of networking. Danielle collaborates with Heather on various classroom activities throughout the year. She has presented at FETC, SCEDTech, GAETC, and ISTE. Danielle is also an executive member of the Digital Storytelling Network of ISTE.

Debbie Bohanan, Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy
Lindsay Foster, Tarrant County College Connect Campus
Anne Truger, TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804
ISTE Certified Educator

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