If you want to understand creativity, inspire it in your classroom and increase your own, I highly recommend Ken Robinson's "Out of Our Minds, Learning to Be Creative". It explains, in a clear way why it is essential to be creative, and what you can do to increase your inclination to be open-minded. He writes with wit, and challenges the complacency that dominates the American Educational system.
The author is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. If you, or your classroom needs a jumpstart- read it!
Here are some links to great museums in the NY area:
Kahoot.it online quizzes, polling, kids can ask each other questions, web based.
Can upload pictures and kids can respond.
Nearpod interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves.
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Show Me share tutorials and lessons on a white board screen
Explain Everything draw, annotate, record, play, and share presentations
Educreations create and share video presentations with your iPad or browser
Knowmia video presentations and interactive assignments that impact students both in and out of the classroom.
Movenote make and send online video presentations
Sumopaint very cool graphic app- seems easy to use when you need graphics in a pinch
Lucidchart collaborative diagrams, flow charts, layouts, etc.
Stupeflix make movies using your photos and videos. Tell your story with text, maps.
Tellagami: Tellagami is best used to create animated movies which include user's voice. Looks great for ELLs. Users can create characters and a scene, add dialogue, save or share.
Haiku Deck simple, fun presentations
Adobe Voice storytelling that is fun and easy
Story Creator create beautiful storybooks- easy for primary grades
Stop Motion This looks like fun! Paint tools, themes, music, photos- you'll be busy for hours.
Citelighter research, organize, highlight, and save. Organize writing assignments, make templates, allows for teacher feedback in progress, works with Google Docs
Flowboard: This one is attractive- it' can be made on a Mac or iPad and watched on any device. Flowboard is presentation software used to make a creative and interactive presentation. Users can use images, videos and text all together to make a presentation. Currently it is $9.99- some of its features include: presentation templates, interactive presentations, image and galleries, streaming video and embedded, PDF documents, social & sharing, imbedding in websites, and posting to Youtube.
Baiboard: Baiboard is a service that allows real-time interaction among users with its feature-rich tools. Users can visualize, collaborate and share multi-page whiteboards. For the classroom teacher this can have many uses, as well as having students make their own presentations based on their research. Baiboard is also available on Mac, iPad and Android.
Dragon Dictation looks good for ELL, it transcribes what you say- annunciation is the key!
Notability sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, record a lecture, jot travel notes, or teach a class
There's nothing better than a good picture book. Dinotopia, by James Gurney, is described on his site by "the wondrous lost island of Dinotopia, an enthralling world of art, science, exploration, and invention in which humans and dinosaurs live peacefully together." Take one look at the illustrations and it isn't hard to imagine being there, at that time. What a wonderful way for children to learn about history, geography and biology...as long as they realize that humans and dinosaurs were never on the planet at the same time.
The site has many resources for teachers- and parents. Very Cool!
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. This is a book that should be on every artist's shelf. It guides you through the understanding of light, atmospheric perspective, chroma, value and form. It's the book we should have had in college but didn't. Wonderful color examples that demonstrate concepts. I saw the author make a presentation at The Norman Rockwell Museum last month and it was well worth it.
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