Using Technology as Tools for Creation ... Oh, the Possibilities (Ages 4-8)

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Gail Lovely  
Traci Piltz  
Iris Randle  

Creating with technology allows students to problem-solve, think critically and showcase learning. Learn about digital-creation tools for early learners and see examples of projects that can be successfully created and shared with ease. Get tips for demonstrating these tools remotely, as well as engaging students.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
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:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how to create opportunities for students to showcase their learning through the use of technology
Participants will learn how to use of technology through the lens of creativity allows students to problem solve and think critically
Participants will learn about digital creation tools that enable students to demonstrate their learning
Participants will learn how to engage students in remote learning and facilitate learning opportunities for students creative work


Digital creation tools with project examples
Student creative work
Tips for remote learning

Supporting research

Clark, H., Avrith, T., Ford, F., Merrill, J., Merrill, K., Rachell, N., & Tholfsen, M. (2020). The Microsoft infused classroom: A guidebook to making thinking visible and amplifying student voice. Del Mar, CA: ElevateBooksEdu.

Meaningful Media Experiences

Putting students in charge of their learning by Beth Pandolpho

Merrill, J., Merrill, K., & Miller, C. (2020). The interactive class: Using technology to make learning more relevant and engaging in the elementary class. United States: ElevateBooksEdu.

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Gail Lovely, Suddenly It Clicks!

Gail began her career as an inner-city teacher of young learners. She is an early adopter of technology, earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Computing from Pepperdine University in the early 1980s. Gail has been an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, University of Houston, and the University of Northern Iowa. She had long-time columns for Scholastic, Classroom Connect, ISTE and others. Gail is proud of her book “Using an iPad with Your Preschooler” (with Gayle Berthiaume.) Gail founded the ISTE Early Learning Network and was one of the first at NECC/ISTE Conferences to focus on using technology with young learners.

Traci Piltz, Billings Public Schools

Traci Piltz is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Kids Early Learning Champion, Google Certified Educator, and an Ambassador for Seesaw, Book Creator and PicCollage. She taught kindergarten for over a decade, and was one of the first 1:1 iPad classrooms in her district. She has been a technology integration specialist in her district for the past 5 years, helping kindergarten - 3rd grade teachers in her district innovate and integrate with technology. Traci has presented at ISTE 2019, 2017 ADE Academy, NAEYC, NCCE, the Montana State Educators Conference, and various other workshops and conferences in her state and district.

Iris Randle, Buffalo Public Schools

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