Posted in #innovation, Adult Learners, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, EdTech, Faculty Development, Innovation, Pedagogy, Technology

Padlet – Great tool for teachers and others

I have been using Padlet for years. It is a great way to engage students, share information, and collaborate with others. I also used it today to describe some key things about me that I may want to share with my students or it can even be used to share with an employer when job searching. If you wanted others to add to your padlet, you would leave it open for anyone to add pictures, text, links, etc. https://padlet.com/drmclaughlin/mystory

Posted in #innovation, Adult Learners, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, EdTech, Faculty Development, Technology

Quick survey – all Teachers/Faculty/Educators in all settings – please help!

I sent this survey out on Friday, and was so excited to send it out that I mistakenly sent a link that didn’t seem to work properly. Here is the correct link. Thanks Dad for letting me know! I don’t know what I would do without my Mom and Dad!!! I promise it will only take 5 minutes or less to complete and we would really appreciate your feedback on teaching in any setting in 2020! Here is a picture of Mom and Dad when things were safer at a family and community event my students and I were hosting at Neumann University.

Posted in #innovation, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Culturally Responsive Teaching, EdTech, English Language Learners, Faculty Development, Family Learning, General, Innovation, Pedagogy, Technology, Young Learners

Teaching in 2020 – Please take our short survey!!!

Please help us by completing and sharing this short survey. The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

We are collecting research to help us provide resources and tools that are practical, quick, and easy to implement with the goal of increasing student engagement and learning.

We want to know what is working and what are some challenges that others are facing during this time.

This survey applies to anyone who is teaching in 2020 from early childhood through higher education.

Posted in Creativity, Faculty Development, Innovation, Pedagogy, Young Learners

Encouraging creativity and innovation in yourself and your students

Although this was originally written 7 years ago, it is still relevant today, especially given the current changes we are facing in education! What a great time to model to our students the importance of taking calculated risks while trying something new.

Taddei, L. (2013). Encouraging creativity and innovation in yourself and your students. Faculty Focus

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/faculty-development/encouraging-creativity-and-innovation-in-yourself-and-your-students/  

Posted in Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, EdTech, Technology

Hack Learning Interview: Education Technology and the 4 Cs with Stephanie Budhai and Laura McLaughlin Taddei

Mark Barnes from Hack Learning interviewed Stephanie and I on integrating technology into the classroom and helping teachers move technology integration from substitution to transforming teaching and learning.

We talk about the purposeful integration of technology and how can we use this technology to help students develop the 4 Cs (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication). 

Posted in Adult Learners, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Technology, Young Learners

Podcast: Teaching the Four Cs with Technology

Stephanie and I share strategies and technologies for teaching essential 21st century skills with BAM Radio host Mike Janatovich. We focus not on the technology, but the learning that occurs. 

Listen online, and let me know what you think!

Posted in Creativity, Family Learning, Pedagogy, Young Learners

Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating creativity in the classroom, home, and community

Wow, we loved writing this book. It draws on so much of what I teach and have learned from MY students about engaging young learners in creativity ANYWHERE they are. I know you’ll find great ideas and I hope you’ll offer your own suggestions, too. [Ad Pandemicus: Working with children at home demands more creativity and I’m SO interested in helping us all get through this. I hope this book helps. Hang in there.]

Taddei, L. & Budhai, S. (2017). Nurturing young innovators: Cultivating creativity in the classroom, home, and community. International Society for Technology in Education. https://www.iste.org/resources/product?id=4004&name=Nurturing+Young+Innovators

Teaching the 4Cs with technology: How do I use 21st century tools to teach 21st century skills?

Though it’s now been 5 years, this remains our best (and fastest read) book on the four key skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Budhai, S & Taddei, L. (2015). Teaching the 4Cs with technology: How do I use 21st century tools to teach 21st century skills? ASCD Arias. http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Teaching-the-4Cs-with-Technology.aspx