Creative Constructor
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Empowering the Littles! Creating Effective Learning Opportunities for K-2 Learners

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Participate and share : Poster

Carolyn Daly  
Jacinta Sorgel  

Learn how to transform primary classroom activities into exciting learning environments that encourage students to be active, not passive, learners! Expect to see brightly colored examples of robots built from basic shapes, student-created digital tutorials, unique creatures that combine physical and behavioral adaptations, and more!

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Although many of the examples we will show will have been created in tools like Wixie and the Google Suite of tools, participants do NOT need to use these tools. The examples can be replicated in other free and/or commercial products, including Seesaw, Buncee etc. The premise of this session is to show educators how they can capture learning in a variety of different ways, with a variety of tools, that go BEYOND students as rote incubators.

Teachers will walk away inspired -- brains on fire-- on how they can introduce, or further support, this type of engaging and creative approach to learning with their K-2 learners.

Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: ESL, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this poster presentation is to share exciting ways educators can move beyond rote activities (even in "remote" learning) to develop creativity and innovation.

As a result of this session, participants will know:

What a constructivist-based learning environment looks like in the K-2 classroom
What learning artifacts look like that meet all 4 levels of Webb’s DOK
Meaningful ways teachers can provide students with the opportunity to construct their learning through the use of inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving.
How technology can be utilized to make learning an active process where the K-2 learner constructs meaning while creating and producing.

This session will incorporate authentic examples and resources gathered from the Kyrene School District (AZ) and a variety of K-2 classrooms across the country including special populations of students (ESL, SPED, GT, & low-income). Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how a constructivist pedagogy, alongside easy digital creation tools including Wixie and the Google Suite of tools, support deeper and more connected learning opportunities for their learners.

Supporting research

Clark, Holly TED: Are You Ready to Disrupt Learning?, February, 2016.

Five Ideas for Primary Creative Classroom Centers

Honebein, P. (1996). Seven goals for the design of Constructivist learning environments. In B. Wilson, Constructivist learning environments, pp. 17-24. New Jersey: Educational Technology Publications.

Kolk, M. (2007). Build Early Literacy Skills: Engage new readers and writers with creative technologies. Creative Educator.

Webb's Depth of Knowledge

Wilson, B., Cole, P. A review of cognitive teaching models. ETR&D 39, 47–64 (1991).

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Carolyn Daly, Tech4Learning

Carolyn Daly has been working for an educational technology company in San Diego, called Tech4Learning for over 20 years. She has conducted hundreds of presentations at local and state-wide conferences and writes articles for the online Creative Educator magazine. Before working for Tech4Learning, Carolyn taught for 4 years as a bilingual educator in California, in addition to 2 years in schools in Costa Rica and Guatemala. She holds a Master’s of Education in Literacy from California State San Marcos, CA where she conducted her final thesis project on the impact of constructivist technology tools on second language learner’s writing.


Jacinta Sorgel is a District Technology Integration Coordinator for the Kyrene School District in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to becoming a District Technology Integration Coordinator Jacinta worked as an Educational Technology Specialist supporting 5 schools for 15 years. She has provided numerous District classes and training over the years and works regularly with teachers in K-8 to train and mentor them on integrating technology into the curriculum and instruction. Jacinta has also worked as a Faculty Associate for Arizona State University where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level educational technology classes.

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