ISTE Standards in Action: Creative Communicator

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Jamie Galgana  
Allison Jonas  
Renee Sanchez  

Find out how LA Unified designs its professional learning opportunities. Develop ideas to create interactive activities designed to promote, support and model creative thinking using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Reimagining learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learners will develop an understanding of how to use collaborative tools to foster student creativity and help them clearly express their ideas. Using Google Slides, learners will engage in interactive activities designed to promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking. Learners will explore how multiple modalities such as images, audio, video, and text allow students to convey complex ideas more clearly. By the end of the session, learners will have experienced practical ways to leverage collaborative digital resources that can be immediately applied in the classroom.


This workshop includes three parts: 1st gain a deeper understanding of a Creative Communicator, 2nd experience what is like to be a Creative Communicator, 3rd create a lesson experience of your own.

(5 min) Welcome and introductions
(10 min) Inclusion activity: What’s in your possession?
(5 min) LAUSD Background
(5 min) Why is Creativity Important?
How are we going to communicate clearly and express ourselves creatively for a
variety of purposes?
(10 min) Exploring ISTE Standard Creative Communicator
How are we going to use platforms, tools, styles and appropriate digital media to
creatively communicate with others?
(45 min) Creative Communicator device-based learner experience and lesson design
(5 min) Think-Pair-Share: How might you leverage digital resources to increase creative
communicators in your classroom?
(5 min) Closing/Evaluation

Supporting research

Presentations are in alignment with the following research and frameworks: ISTE Standards for Students, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK). The Presenters Fieldbook, Adaptive School Foundation Seminar, Differentiated Coaching, Universal Design for Learning, The Power of Protocols, Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate (ADDIE) Model, Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement (ADKAR Model), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) website.

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Jamie Galgana, LAUSD, Instructional Tech Initiative

Jamie is a Specialist for Instructional Leadership Support with the Instructional Technology Initiative. She supports L.A. Unified educators and leaders in leveraging digital tools and resources for student success through various models of support, including working with Practitioner Schools, supporting Professional Development, and assisting with ITI’s Signature Events. Jamie was an elementary teacher for 10 years and worked in partnership with universities to mentor pre-service teachers. Jamie has a masters in Elementary Mathematics and a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. She’s a Google Certified Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Common Sense Certified Educator and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner.

Allison Jonas, Los Angeles Unified School District
Renee Sanchez, Los Angeles Unified School District

Renee Sanchez currently serves as an Instructional Leadership Support Specialist with Instructional Technology Initiative. She has worked as an educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 14 years. Her goal is to provide equitable opportunities to all students in educational technology, computer science, and digital citizenship. Renee’s work is rooted in the belief that all students can learn, and education is foundational to life success.

MARIA TOLEDO, Los Angeles Unified School District