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January is International Creativity Month
Think outside of the box and infuse your lessons with creativity. Find resources to help you include more creativity in your teaching and encourage your students to take creative risks.
View this archive of a recent Twitter chat that explores the role of ingenuity and creativity in education and shares resources and digital tools that can help you manage the creative process in your classroom.
This curated collection features some of TeachersFirst's best resources for creating your Makerspace, a great way to engage, challenge, and encourage creative thinking among your students.
International Dot Day is a day set aside to rekindle and inspire the power of creativity in all of us. Although it's celebrated in September, it's never too early to plan or find new, creative activities to try now.
Discover articles, lesson plans, and resources that explore ways to put creativity into the curriculum. Topics include creativity, digital storytelling, 21st century classrooms, project-based learning, literacy, STEAM/STEM, and more.
Resources that Encourage Students to Create
Add a splash of creativity to your lessons when you share these tools with your students. Find interactive games to build creativity and several tools to help students generate original projects.
Produce memes using your computer or mobile device with this tool that will build a meme using your instructions for what image and text to add. Challenge students to create memes related to stories, science concepts, or topics in social studies.
Build a custom emoji with Bitmoji, available as an Android and Apple app or as a Chrome extension. Choose from many options to share your creation during writing, within your favorite game, or on your website.
Design posters, flyers, memes, and more without registration! Use the tools from this site to design borders, backgrounds, frames, and more. When finished students can save in several different formats including JPG, PNG, and PDF.
Build creativity and empathy through small group deliberations with this game for 3-5 players. The game consists of three rounds of discussion and debate and ends when the group chooses the best idea presented.
Celebrate Your Students' Hobbies
January is also National Hobby Month. Share the resources in this section to encourage students to explore hobbies like photography, drawing, painting, and cooking.
Calling all YouTubers! This resource offers free online courses in video production and content creation designed to maximize YouTube success. Share this resource with your creators.
Your young artists will delight in this site! The six strands of visual art included in this tool are paint and color, clay, fabric and fiber, drawing, construction, and print. Click on a strand to view short videos (about six minutes long) and slides.
For those students who enjoy photography, share this free online photo editing service. Students can edit and retouch images easily and make photo collages in just a few simple steps. Don't miss the special effects, retouching tools, frames, and text.
Help your bakers and chefs find new inspiration with this web tool offering nutrition tips, tools, and interactives. Try the activities for topics including food groups, balanced meals, the food pyramid, healthy messages, and nutrition word games.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We welcome you to attend one of our upcoming OK2Ask® virtual workshops. We are also sharing a blog post related to creativity with emojis in the classroom and kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll about your students' favorite hobbies.
Tuesday at 7 PM ET
Maximize station rotation in your classroom with the three tech tools shared during this session. Learn about the station rotation model (perfect for blended learning) and plan to use it when delivering your instruction.
Share ways to differentiate using station rotation »
Infusing Technology Blog
World Emoji Day is still a few months away, but the ideas and resources shared in this blog post can offer inspiration throughout the year! Read about BookSnaps, where Bitmojis and SnapChat help students connect with the texts on a personal level.
Engage students by using emojis in your lessons »
Share your results
This week, we challenge you to engage your students in our poll. Have your students vote and then share the results: "What is the most popular hobby among your students? Do they prefer cooking, photography/video making, or drawing/painting? "
What hobby is most popular? »
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