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Student and Teacher Creation Tools For All Ages/Subjects

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Location: Room 395-6
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Jenna Kraft  
Nancy Penchev  

In this session, we will create with three different creation tools: MySimpleShow, Canva and AdobeSpark. These programs are easy to use, have a wide range of uses, and help teachers and students create and share amazing presentations. We will play, brainstorm ideas and view student projects.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: MySimpleShow

We will show how to create accounts in the session, but attendees can save time by joining ahead of time.,

Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: Teachers are always on the look out for tools that allow students to create, be creative, and build prsentations that they can be proud of. In this session we will share 3 tools that are engaging for students and easy for teachers. These tools all charge large fees to buisnesses who use their products, but value teachers and education and show their support by providing teachers with free accounts.
Canva, MySimpleShow, and AdobeSpark are all amazing creation tools that kids love to use in class...and outside of class too!

We will share lessons and student creations, brainstorm ideas, and give "play time" for attendees to dig in and create with the comfort of supportive instructors. By the end of our time together attendees will have ideas for integrating these tools, have at least one product they can use when school starts back, and have a network of educators to bounce ideas off of beyond the conference time.


1. Introduction of presenters- 5 min
2. The Big 3 Overview- 5 min
3. MySimpleShow- how to and examples- 10
4. Canva- how to and examples- 10
5. AdobeSpark- how to and examples- 10
6. Jump in and play- 15
7. Brainstorm and follow each other- 5

Supporting research

This article from ThEdAdvocate explains the need for students to give presentations in order to build their skills. It encourages teachers to build students sharing skills from a young age so they become better as they grow.

In this Faculty Focus article the author describes how peers listen to other students presentations on a deeper level, especially if they are evaluating the presentations. The learningbenefits not only the presenter, but also the audience members.

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Jenna Kraft, Scheck Hillel Community School
Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel Community School

Nancy Penchev is a STEM/Design Teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator. She has led webinars on Uncommon Test Prep for and Common Sense Media and Teacher Tech for PBS SoCal. She was published in Teaching in the Middle magazine, Association of Middle Level Educators, ISTE point/counterpoint, and PBS SoCal Teacher Blog. Nancy founded Girls Building STEAM and is a local award winner for the National Council for Women in Information Technology and a 2019 honorable mention for the STEM Excellence award from ISTE. Conference presentations include local, state, and international conferences.

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