January 22, 2023
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Encourage Creativity in Your Class
Engage your students in creative activities during International Creativity Month—the first month of the new year, and the perfect time to inspire a year of success! Use these resources, lessons, and activities to infuse your classes with the creative spirit.
Twitter Chat: Fostering Engagement & Creativity
View this archived Twitter chat to learn ways to define creativity and engagement in the classroom and explore strategies for creative and engaging classroom experiences. Get new ideas to try in your lessons.
TeachersFirst's MakerSpace Resources
Scan this special collection of TeachersFirst's best MakerSpace resources. Find activities to ignite creative thinking and innovation in all grades, whether you’re looking for ideas for your MakerSpace or your lessons!
Free Avatar Creator
Students can create a customized avatar by scrolling down the page and selecting any easy-to-use template provided on Adobe Express. For example, ask students to design an avatar for a character in a book, a famous historical figure, or a personal hero.
Explore these articles, lesson plans, and resources for ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Peruse eight main topics: creativity, digital storytelling, 21st century classrooms, project-based learning, STEM, and teaching and learning.
Spark creativity using YouTube's Creator Academy, where students can view online video courses designed to help them learn valuable lessons in video production and creating engaging content. Share this link on your class website.
Create memes using your computer or mobile device with Meme Buddy. Meme Buddy works with Google Assistant to build a meme using your instructions for adding an image and text. Change options as you like until your meme looks the way you want.
STEAM Art Lessons
Do you need inspiration for art and technology-rich STEAM lessons? Check out this site for some creative STEAM ideas! Topics include content based on famous works of art like Edvard Munch's “The Scream” and Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington.
Skyenimals is a creative site where kids learn about real and make-believe animals. Skyenimals are mixed-up and imaginary animals created by kids. Explore and choose different animals to find related pictures, games, puzzles, and other activities.
Engage secondary students with Metaverse, a site that allows anyone to create augmented reality experiences. Ask students to brainstorm ideas they can use this site to develop. View the welcome tutorial, then begin to arrange items on your storyboard!
Stretch your students' creativity with Animaker, an easy-to-use animated video creation tool. Use this site to extend student learning and technology use by making commercials, science fair previews, infographics, and animated shorts in any content area.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Engage in professional learning this week during an upcoming OK2Ask virtual workshop and on our Infusing Technology blog. Stop by and say hello if you're attending the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference, and remember to give your input in our weekly poll!
Tuesday, 1/24, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire - Flipped and Blended Learning
In this session, we will simplify these instructional models and introduce tools that support them. Learn to use free teaching resources to deliver instruction digitally while allowing flexibility for student pacing.
Understand the instructional case for flipped and blended learning and the differences between the two »
Infusing Technology Blogs
Innovation Shines Bright
Establish a culture of innovation and creativity in your classroom. This new blog post shares ways to connect with your students through critical thinking experiences during Makerspace, problem-based learning, and design thinking activities.
Learn more strategies for adding creativity to your lessons »
Learn about our resources & enter our raffle
TeachersFirst is exhibiting at the TCEA Convention & Exposition in San Antonio January 30–February 2! Stop by booth 1934 and learn more about our free resources or attend one of our sessions presented by our Educational Content Manager, Melissa Henning.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "What is your biggest challenge when infusing creativity into your lessons?" Share your reply and view the responses of others when you click submit.
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