Creativity and Collaboration
After brainstorming, we often settled on an approach that would suit our collective needs. At this point, we would begin constructing the lesson plans and resources that would support the learning as well as imagining the assessments that would check for understanding and growth. This is where each of the collaborator's toolboxes could be put to use. Some of us are better at big picture thinking; others are better at the details. I loved constructing Anticipation Guides, so that task might fall to me. Other folks might be great at creating screencasts that could serve as flipped learning resources. The value of collaborating with others in planning often meant that I could have a more complete learning experience for my students, and it meant that I would have more resources in place to help me differentiate for my students.
Today, we have all kinds of tools to enhance team brainstorming and team planning. Not only that, but we have amazing resources to help us connect and plan beyond our school walls. There are amazing communities of educators who are sharing their resources online, which allows even the most isolated of teachers to find inspiration and collaborators. Teachers can build their personal learning networks to include passionate colleagues from all over the world thanks to social media and communication tools like Skype and Google+ hangouts.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
bubbl.us- Brainstorm online with bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mindmaps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve.
Creaza Mindomo- Mindomo is an online mind mapping tool for visual learning, improving creativity and problem solving.
Mural.ly- Visual Collaboration for Creative People. Thousands of creative people from all over the world are using Mural.ly to grow ideas.
Padlet- We give you a blank wall. You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful.
StormBoard- Add ideas, photos and videos to a shared ‘storm’. Organize, vote and comment in real time.
Evernote- The Evernote family of products help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.
Google Docs- Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more- all with real-time collaboration.
mentormob- Join a worldwide community that’s organizing the best of the web into Learning Playlists.
Planboard- Planboard helps teachers streamline lesson plans, find resources, and collaborate with others.
PlanbookEdu- PlanbookEdu.com is an online lesson planner that makes it easy for teachers of all grade levels to create, share and print their lesson plans.
Resource Curation Tools:
Diigo- Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.
eduClipper- eduClipper is your educational digital clipboard. Clip Everything. Share Anything.
LiveBinders- With our online binders you can combine all of your cloud documents, website links and upload your desktop documents – to then easily access, share, and update your binders from anywhere.
Sqworl- Sqworl is a web application that provides a clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs.
Symbaloo- Visual curation tool. Create webmixes of online content.
Lesson Plan Repositories:
BetterLesson- Browse thousands of documents, presentations, full lessons — even complete units and courses. Share your curriculum and connect with fellow educators around the world.
Educade- Empower your classroom with the best games, apps, and maker kits, including engaging lesson plans aligned to core standards.
Learnzillion- Find thousands of high-quality Common Core resources created by a national community of top teachers.
My Big Campus- My Big Campus is a web-based social learning network developed for K-12 school districts. Check out the Library and Bundles!
NuSkool- Find compelling lesson plans that use popular culture to enhance learning.
Thinkfinity- Offers free K-12 standards-based lesson plans across many disciplines including art, economics, humanities, mathematics, science and geography.
Other Planning Resources:
Curriculum 21 Clearinghouse- The Curriculum 21 Clearinghouse showcases selected resources for all subject areas, grade levels, Common Core State Standards(CCSS), global education, professional development, and many more categories.
Curriki- Open Educational Resources – Free Learning Resources for the World.
Edshelf- Find the right educational tools for your needs.
eduTecher- eduTecher is the complete reference and resource for educational technology web tools.
Edutopia- Empowering and connecting teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education.
Watch Know Learn- Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory.
Resources to Build Your Personal Learning Network:
My PLN LiveBinder
My Google+ LiveBinder
My Twitter LiveBinder
My Skype LiveBinder
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