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.
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)
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
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:
See a playlist of White Oak ISD TPSP projects below!