The Texas Performance Standards Project offers an extensive collection of curiosity inducing projects aimed at gifted learners and include creativity. These projects can be tackled by any student. Technology provides access to tools that give any student the opportunity to think deeper!

TPSP = Innovation

The core of TPSP challenges kids to think about the world as they can make it better. This is a skill that is necessary for all kids. As a teacher, it's important to understand the underlying thinking that students could be applying. One is "Deeper Learning" and the other is "Design Thinking". There are quite a few correlations between the two but at the core of them both are students a problem solvers, designers, creators, collaborators and globally citizens. Check out the two resources below.

Brainstorming

For brainstorming ideas, sticky notes are still one of the best tools for generating thoughts, but digitizing them means not losing those important ideas. Students can use The Post-It app to not only capture images of their ideas but also customize them into groups, digitally edit and share. Students can then easily include these artifacts in their finished product.

Padlet is an online corkboad for ideas. Students can capture ideas as well as links and videos for research in one space. By sharing their link, they can invite the ideas of others into their planning.

There are many Apps that will help inspire creative thinking.
(Think outside the App)

Research

Prototyping without Technology

Prototyping can be done with any materials that kids can find, even paper and tape! Some of the most creative involve cardboard, tape, scissors and markers. Check out the two links below!

Remember, a makerspace can be anywhere. It doesn't have to be in a library. All you need are a few supplies and a lot of imagination!

Prototyping with Technology!

Using Build with Chrome, students can build with legos and place their creations on a location in a google map! Master this tool by completing the embedded user training sequence!

Design via browser with Tinkercad

If students have access to a 3d printer, designs can be printed. However, a 3d printer is not required to design!

Prototype using the Adobe ForceEffect App

Collaboration

As mentioned in the brainstorming section, sticky notes and padlet are great for collaboration. Below are a few others, including Google Apps, which are built for collaboration!

Creative Presentation Ideas

Make and code ideas! Get kids blogging through their TPSP challenges. Create a webpage using weebly! Make an interactive presentation. Create a video. Share it!

This does not replace the building of the presentation display for projects requiring it. This is intended to give digital space for the sharing of student research, building and work.

Presentation skills can also be developed through product presentations or performances.  Presentation skills need to be practiced in order to be developed.  The Texas College and Career Readiness Standards are as follows:

"III. Speaking A. Understand the elements of communication both in informal group discussions and formal presentations (e.g., accuracy, relevance, rhetorical features, organization of information). 1. Understand how style and content of spoken language varies in different contexts and influences the listener’s understanding. a. Understand influences on language use (e.g., political beliefs, positions of social power, culture). b. When speaking, observe audience reaction and adjust presentation (e.g., pace, tone, vocabulary, body language) to suit the audience. 2. Adjust presentation (delivery, vocabulary, length) to particular audiences and purposes. a. Use effective verbal and non-verbal response strategies to adjust the message in response to audience’s facial expressions and body language. B. Develop effective speaking styles for both group and one-on-one situations. 1. Participate actively and effectively in one-on-one oral communication situations. a. Communicate, in an appropriate format, information that was gathered by inquiry (e.g., research, interviews). b. Communicate understanding of materials, concepts, and ideas (e.g., conference with instructor on a complex assignment). 2. Participate actively and effectively in group discussions. a. Cooperate with peers to organize a group discussion: establish roles, responsibilities, ground rules; complete assignments; evaluate the work of the group based on agreed-upon criteria. b. Use discussion techniques to arrive at a consensus or complete a task. 3. Plan and deliver focused and coherent presentations that convey clear and distinct perspectives and demonstrate solid reasoning. a. Present research findings as appropriate in a variety of settings. b. Use clear and concise language to explain complex concepts. c. Practice speaking from notes as well as from a prepared speech. d. Use appropriate media for public presentations."

The rest of the CCRS can be accessed below:

STEM Resources

Examples

See a playlist of White Oak ISD TPSP projects below!

Ideas from Other Challenges

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2 years ago
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What's the Diagnosis? - use pictograph.com to create an info graphic over the disease they choose to research. Add visuals, like charts and graphs, to show the impact on populations.

2 years ago
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For 4th grade: To start their research on significant historical events I would have my students conduct an interview with a grandparent and present their results in their KidBlog and respond to some deep thinking questions.

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The Secret Lives of Public Spaces (2nd)- After introducing a lesson about public spaces/parks and how they are used the students will research the history of the park via interview. They will then present what improvements can be made to the park with a Haiku Deck presentation. Veronica and Patricia

2 years ago
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For Extreme Weather in Kindergarten we will use an IPAD to video a weather report including details about weather patterns that students access from charting weather in other parts of the world. They will also choose one severe weather event and tell their classmates how to prepare for that event should it occur.

2 years ago
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For Taking Shape in 1st grade, we would create a play using The Greedy Triangle as a guide. Our play would be called The Skeptical Sphere about a baseball who wishes to explore the world outside the baseball stadium. We would use Scratch Project Editor to create our animation.

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For the 8th grade students, we would like for students to select an author and research what were the inspirations for the author to create the novels or shorts stories. We would like for the students to investigate how the works are related or how students would complete the stories. Students can create a Prezi or participate in a blog.

9 months ago
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Thanks for the session... I will continue to seek more opportunities for my students to digitally collaborate

9 months ago
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Thanks!!!!!!

9 months ago
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Love Padlet!!