Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
“Digital media enables us to build more stages for our kids to express themselves.” – Marco Torres
This sounds like it was ages ago, but I remember when I was in 1st grade and my teacher, Mrs. Coley gave the class a project to do. It was close to Christmas break, so homes and businesses were decorated for Christmas. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, so the excitement of everything probably enhanced the excitement of the assignment. Our assignment was individual but also meant to be one large class project. We were supposed to collect milk cartons after lunch each day until each of us had 3-5 cartons. Once we cleaned them out (spoiled milk–gross!), we would cover them in colored construction paper and draw windows and doors on them. Our milk cartons were the houses. We then put tables together against the windows and laid white butcher paper across all of them. We each had a section to work on with our milk carton houses and we glued them on the paper, drew roads, and made Christmas trees out of pine cones with more glue and glitter. We also placed cotton in places to look like it had snowed, and then we had our own Christmas village. For me, though, it was the excitement of creating something. It wasn’t hard, even at that age, to use my creativity. I took yellow construction paper and made windows so it looked like lights were on in the house and used white chalk on the black roofs to draw shingles. It was great and not at all a boring school assignment.
Technology today should also allow students to be able to create and express themselves in a similar fashion. In a blog post titled, The Mind’s Playground, I talk about Seesaw and the ability for students to show their work in creative ways.