Collaboration Leads to Innovation

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I recently witnessed how communication and collaboration skills support both creative and critical thinking along with innovation. After spending a week at Sloan Kettering in NYC due to a family members cancer journey. During the week I noticed not one doctor made a decision without consulting a team of experts. I saw true collaboration and experienced the positive effects which develops from such teamwork. More than ever I understand why this cancer research center has one of the best reputations for providing innovative therapies and medicines.

The experience was a good example of how collaboration and communication naturally supports both creative and critical thinking. It is these very skills which lead to the development of innovation. I immediately connected this experience with the the 4C’s of learning. Now with greater reasons when integrating educational technology the skills are valued more than ever by me.

One of the reasons I’m passionate about integrating G Suite for Education products is due to the variety of tools they offer for strengthening and exploring the 4C’s. It is my belief the 4C’s are important skills to nurture when guiding students onto a pathway for both academic and future professional success!

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Exploring Web Based Publishing Tools…

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As an artist I feel there is no better tool than a piece of paper and pen or paintbrush. ¬†Okay my confession there are those moments where I lean towards using digital creativity tools. One appeal for using a web based design tool is the ease of use for designing. This is an important characteristic when considering the time constraint within a school day. Another factor to consider is if the design tool provides an environment where the students can create “Original works of Art” from scratch. Last but not least how does the tool help students or teachers share the designs with an authentic audience. Considering these factors I’ve narrowed down my choices to three designing tools.

VISME

Visme allows the user to quickly design a beautiful poster, presentation, downloadable image and etc… They offer a wide variety of templates for designing infographics, presentations, charts, reports and much more! This design tool is easy and quick to use for making quick eye-catching designs. It is a tool which supports students and teachers with focusing more on content than design itself. Visme provides a wide variety of clipart, banners, background and etc… for designing that just right presentation project. Teachers and students will love the eye pleasing designs and ease of use.

CANVA

Like VISME this design tools allows the user to create quick designs focused more on content versus creativity. Canva provides a vast amount of templates, clipart, backgrounds and etc… I found Canva to lend itself more to creating from scratch. This design program offers a huge amount of background designs. The design program is perfect for creating informational project to be shared via social media. I believe teachers and students would find Canva to be a perfect tool for creating social media projects for an authentic learning experience.

GOOGLE DRAWINGS

Google Drawing is very different from the above two mentioned design programs. The student or teacher may create posters, memes, infographics, Graphic Organizers, Charts and etc… all from scratch. The student or teacher can import images and backgrounds from internet resources. One could also insert an image via taking a snapshot. A program like this supports the student with using both critical and creative thinking skills.

Why? This is due to creating the design completely from scratch. There are no templates or suggested ideas. I also like the share setting which are built into the core Google Products. The share settings allow the user to share privately with a limited group or publicly. What is unique when one shares a Google Drawings with others they maybe able to comment depending upon owner settings. This supports an environment where students may learn to collaborate by communicating via comments as they construct a group project using drawings.