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Higher Order - Critical Creative Thinking Playground Strategies and Activities to Elevate Thinking!

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Playground

Beth Hamlin  
Stephanie Howell  
Julie Jaeger  
Sadie Lewis  
Gwynn Moore  
Christine Morgan  
Kendre Perry  
Megan Puckett  
Greta Sandler  
Dr. Micah Shippee  

Elevating student thinking, creativity and questioning to the highest levels of Blooms is good for all students. Come ponder, problem solve, and engage in the rigor and relevance of higher order thinking as you explore tech resources and critical creative thinking activities you can use the next day.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: 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:
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to explore multiple formats, tools, and applications through interactive sandbox and presentations throughout the Higher Order and Critical Creative Thinking Playground. Specifics to come.


Table 1 Higher Order Thinking Games
Brandon Peterson

Table 2 Computational and Design Thinking Behind STEM
Beth Hamlin

Table 3 Elevate Vocabulary: Thinking About Words
Linda Poppin Horne

Table 4 Showcase Student Strength and Highlight Expertise
Melody McAllister

Table 5 Project Based Thinking
Sadie Lewis

Table 6 Re-Engineering Classroom Instruction
Stephanie Howell

Table 7 Thinking via Interactive
Susan Smith, Gloria Marchus, Anthony Alexandre, Micah Shippee

Bonus Table..Come Explore Even More Higher Order Critical Creative Thinking Activities

Presentation Stage 1
11:30 Byte Sized Creativy
Kendra Perry, Megan Puckett, and Christine Morgan

12:10 Critical Thinking Through the Lens of Global Awareness
Micah Shippee

12:50 Empowering Creative and Critical Thinking Through PBL
Greta Sandler and Stephanie Howell

Presentation Stage 2
11:30 Computational and Design Thinking with BEST Robotics and
Gwynn Moore

12:10 Curricular Integrations to Elevate Thinking Math, ELA, SocSt, Science
Julie Jaeger

12:50 Power of Imagery to Inspire Critical Creative Thinking
  Julie Jaeger

Supporting research

Supporting Research
Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in Education Teaching Students to Think Critically

Characteristics of a Critical Thinking Classroom
Creativity: From Dull to Creative Ian Bird Gifted Educator and Presesnter
ByrdseedTV Free units
How to Increase Higher Level Thinking Alice Thomas and Glenda Thorne
Blooms Taxonomy
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)
Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligences

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Beth Hamlin, Academy of Las Animas Online
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.

Sadie Lewis, Mehlville R-IX School District

Sadie Lewis is the Director of Instructional Design + Personalized Learning in the Mehlville School District, where she works to develop programs and professional learning around instructional design, technology integration, engagement strategies and best practices. She works with teachers to plan innovative lessons and activities, and provides classroom support to foster authentic learning. Sadie is a Google Certified Innovator, and has presented at ISTE, ICE Indiana, MassCUE, FETC, METC, and regional conferences on design, instructional technology, and professional learning.

Gwynn Moore, Aurora Frontier P-8
ISTE Certified Educator

I am the Instructional Media/Technology/CTE-STEM Teacher at Aurora Frontier P-8 in Aurora Colorado and an educator for 29 years. I am part of the ISTE Community Leader and In 2019 she became an ISTE Certified educator. I have presented at ISTE: 2010-2021. CO InnEdCo conferences: 2010-2019. Recognitions: ISTE Certified Educator, InnEdCO Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Certified Teacher, Google Level 1 & 2 Certified Teacher, Certified Google Teacher Leader, IBM AI Certified Educator, Adobe Certified Educator, EdPuzzle Certified Educator, FlipGrid Certified Educator.

Christine Morgan, Hairgrove Elementary, CFISD

Christine Morgan, M. Ed. is a K-5 Technology Teacher in Houston, TX that is determined to share her love of technology & creativity with others. She loves being able to connect with other educators through Twitter and both attending and presenting at conferences. As a self-proclaimed ‘techy teacher’, she loves finding ways to engage and support her students, as well as enhance their creativity. Christine continues a “lifelong learner” frame of mind and is always on the lookout for new ways to support her 21st century learners. Check out her website at

Kendre Perry, Winchendon Public Schools

Kendre Perry, M.Ed, is currently a Middle School (6-8) STEM Specialist in Winchendon, MA and is a member of the ISTE Community Leadership team. She presents at the national and local levels to educators about meaningful technology integration. Her areas of EdTech interest include Augmented and Virtual Reality, Formative Assessment Tools, Generation Z, Engaging Presentation Tools, and Google Tools for Learning

Megan Puckett, Bridgeland High School
Greta Sandler, Belgrano Day School

I'm a 6th-grade teacher and Critical Thinking online instructor. I'm also an ISTE Community Leader, Google Certified Trainer, and GEG Buenos Aires leader. My mind ignites with all the possibilities technology can bring into the classroom. I love giving my students voice and choice, and watching their creativity burst. I believe in student-centered classrooms, which is why my students' social-emotional needs are my top priority.

Dr. Micah Shippee, Samsung Electronics

Micah Shippee, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of Ready Learner One LLC, Micah operates at the intersection of research and practice as a professor of planned change and innovation, learning theory, and organizational behavior. Micah's research focus is on the adoption and deployment of new technological innovations in organizations. As an author, consultant and keynote speaker, he focuses on the adoption of innovation through the development of cultures that embrace change. Micah is the author of WanderlustEDU: An Educator’s Guide to Innovation, Change, and Adventure and co-author of Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality.

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