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There's an App for That: Discover How App Prototyping Promotes Creative Thinking!

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Michael Cohen  
Have you ever had a problem and thought to yourself, "Is there an app for that?" Learn about a design process that turns "There's an app for that" curiosity into a launchpad to learn how to analyze and assess problems and build real solutions.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The main objective of this session is to model for teachers a creative and hands-on approach to building critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Each participant will finish the session having completed some sort of solution to bring back and share with their colleagues.


Participants will engage in a hands-on 55 minute activity focused on identifying a problem in their school or classroom and then work individually or in a team to develop an app prototype that addresses their problem and attempts to provide new value through their solution. Session will focus on peer-to-peer collaboration, and a friendly competition at the end of the session.

1 - Intro - 5 minutes
2 - Identifying Opportunity - 10 minutes
3 - Ideating Solutions - 15 minutes
4 - Impliment Prototypes - 15 minutes
5 - Let's Pitch - 10 minutes
6 - Wrap up! - 5 minutes

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Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi LLC

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