Rigorous Engaging Tech Integrations Elevate Critical Creative Thinking

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Julie Jaeger  
Infusing higher-order questioning into curricular tech integrations elevates activities to rigorous learning experiences. Tech integrations provide experiences beyond classroom walls, and combined with questioning strategies, elevate thinking. Come ponder, problem-solve, explore and participate in these free integrations you can use next day to extend student thinking and learning.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Nothing needs to be downloaded prior to the session. Resource page with links to sites, activities, guides and templates will be provided.
Topic: Universal Design for Learning/differentiated learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: to introduce and practice implementation of technology resources for the purpose elevating higher order critical thinking and creativity across the curriculum.
Presenter will model integration of Bloom's Questioning and Kaplan's Depth and Complexity models to elevate critical creative thinking while working through resources.
Participants will work through the activities and questions just as they would have their students interact.
Discussion on the engagement and rigor these types of activities inspire.
Presenter will show how technology resources provide unique flexibility and opportunity for teachers to ramp up the rigor and relevance as students actively interact with tech resources in ways not possible using traditional resources.
Emphasize that providing students opportunities to Think is Critical; moving them beyond - to Metacognition, Evaluation and Application - is an essential life skill.
Activities shared are easily implemented and able to be used the Next Day. Participants will be provided with resources and guides to assist in implementation with students.
Numerous cross curricular applications will be shared with discussion on how to differentiate for student needs. Because activities are online and free, they are also easily shared with parents.
Teachers will leave with a repertoire of activities and resources


5 min - introductions and explanation of agenda, standards being addressed, interactive resources and templates and activity resource links shared for participation.
45 min - participants actively participate in numerous rigorous and engaging activities just as their students would. Ideas will be shared on the variety of ways each activity can be integrated, many of them being cross curricular. Presenter will model the questioning strategies to ramp up engagement and a rigor of activities and encourage participants to offer suggestions throughout the activities. Discuss how these activities allow students to move beyond and make them their own through modification. Ten or more activities will be introduced and numerous resource links will be shared to other activities. One activity after the other, this session is fast paced and interactive ... all activities online and easily integrated.
10 min- questions and session wrap up. Remind participants how to access all resources as well as presenter contact info. Finish with 2 min exemplar creativity video The World in 2 min.

Supporting research

Creativity: From Dull to Creative Ian Bird Gifted Educator and Presesnter
How to Increase Higher Level Thinking Alice Thomas and Glenda Thorne
Blooms Taxonomy
Underachievement: Another Perspective by Dr. Sandra Kaplan
Understanding Depth and Complexity Envision Gifted
Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (Use Brain-Based Learning and Neuroeducation to Differentiate Instruction) 2nd Edition
by David A. Sousa (Author), Carol Ann Tomlinson (Author)
Using Technology in the Differentiated Classroom Slideshare
Differentiated Instruction a Research Basis
Teachnology How to Differentiate
Resources for Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated Instruction
CarolAnn Tomlinson How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms (Text)
Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligences

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Julie Jaeger, Minot, ND

Julie Jaeger, PD Coach/Consultant and veteran Elem-MS educator, technology integrator, and gifted instructor, enjoys bringing "a-ha" moments and higher order thinking via Tech Integration, Differentiated Instruction, Digital StoryTelling, and Curriculum Enrichment using Critical Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, and Questioning. Authored "I-imagine Dares Students to be Their Best Selves" (ISTE Learning and Leading, June/July 2013) and received the 2016 Digital StoryTelling Creativity Leadership Award. Currently ISTE Community Leader and ND Association for Gifted Children Board member. Former Chair of the Digital StoryTelling Network. Holds an MS in Education with Technology Integration and Credential in Gifted Education.

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