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November 13-15, 2013

November 18, 2013
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November 23, 2013


Design Creativity!

Phyllis Newbill and Liesl Baum

Want to inspire creativity in your students?Start by honing your own critical-thinking skills using this four-part process.



Technology is revolutionizing the way the world works, and there seems to be no end in sight. Information is everywhere and easy to find, so today's students will need to know what to do with it to be prepared for the overly stimulating, technology-driven, problem-riddled world they will soon face. That's why critical- and creativethinking skills are vital.


Critical- and creative-thinking skills include idea generation, reflective judgment, self-regulation, and attitudes and dispositions. While many view these skills as intuitive,

we present them as teachable.


By combining technology integration with thinking skills, educators can better prepare students for the world of industry

and innovation. The question becomes how we can seamlessly integrate technology while teaching critical- and creative-thinking skills. One piece of the answer is to start at the top by developing

teachers' critical- and creative thinking skills. Second, educators must use technology products in surprising and creative ways to engage students. Continue reading...

Republished from Learning & Leading with Technology, December/January 2013, with permission from ISTE
What do you want to CREATE today?

Wes Fryer, ICE 2013 keynote speaker, has a great resource for teachers and students to help them in their creative process. Mapping Media to the Common Core is a website and ebook that gives you tools, examples and tutorials on a variety of different student products that they can create. "Like a menu at a restaurant, the website and framework are designed to offer a broad view of available options teachers and students can utilize to communicate ideas and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and skills." 



ICE Leader You Should Know: Nicole Zumpano
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Nicole is a STEM Technology Specialist in a Chicago Public School. She has been in education for 21 years with 15 years classroom experience and 6 years coaching experience. She is currently an adjunct professor at Dominican and National Louis Universities.

Nicole holds two masters degrees in Administration & Supervision and Technology in Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was named a "One to Watch" winner in CPS in 2012 and Chicago Foundation for Education's "Teacher of the Year" in 2011. She currently sits on CFE's Board of Directors.

Nicole is ICE's professional development Chair, ICE-CAP's Communications Chair, a member of the ICE Conference committee and helps ICE in any capacity she can.

On a personal note Nicole is married with 12 year old twins and is a baseball junkie. Follow her educational blog at zumpanotechlab.blogspot.com and on Twitter @nmzumpano. 

Looking Forward with the President: Are You Teaching Creativity?

Randall Hansen, ICE President

Creativity is a term educators use as though it is a common, everyday occurrence within our classrooms.  I'm sure teachers would agree that we ask or at the very least want our students to be creative in their work, but is creativity commonplace?  I would argue that it is not, but I believe that is should be.


Creativity is not an isolated event occurring for only select students.  It is a skill and a process that can, and should, be taught as an integral component of every classroom.  We teach our students critical thinking skills, why not teach creativity skills?  In this 2009 ASCD article  Conversation with Sir Ken Robinsons, he discusses the important relationship between critical thinking skills and creative thinking skills.  Most educators are teaching and assessing their student's critical thinking skills and now we should add creative thinking skills as well.


This month's Learning & Leading article on Designing Creativity discusses critical and creative thinking skills and offers tangible starting point for teachers to build their own creative side or projects for your students.   


Now, it's your turn to connect with others to discuss, how can I teach and assess my students creativity?  Feel free to continue the conversation on the ICE FB page or using ICE Twitter

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Close November 1! 



Proposals for Poster Sessions and Exhibitor Breakout Sessions close November 1 - submit proposals online now!


We are seeking STUDENT led poster sessionsSubmit proposal online and remember to check the option, "I am bringing students." 


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