Creativity, Collaboration, and Engagement in the Elementary Grades

Cathy Swan (moderator); Mitch Crasson and Karen Pelekis, Clare Taylor, Bob Greenberg

We’ve invited several great teachers to show us what elementary classrooms look like when instruction is transformed with help from technology. They’ll share some of their favorite technologies – from GPS and programming apps for iPads to stop-motion animation and green-screen technology – and, more importantly, help us see how student creativity, collaboration and engagement increases as a result of 21st century approaches to teaching and learning.

Mitch Crasson, Teacher, Scarsdale Public Schools, NY
Mitch Crasson has taught 4th and 5th grade in Scarsdale, NY, for 17 years. His students see themselves as global participants, collaborators, and contributors in a world without boundaries. Fascinated with global cultures, Mitch has traveled through 38 countries and, an avid mountain climber, he has summited mountains all over the globe.

Karen Pelekis, Teacher, Greenacres School, Scarsdale, NY
Karen Pelekis has been an elementary school educator for more than fifteen years. She collaborated for several years with the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut to enhance literacy learning through the use of technology. Her first grade students utilize multimodal Internet resources, and work with other classes through wikis, blogs, and other digital content. Pelekis has presented at workshops, IRA TILE-SIG sessions, and other conferences. She has written about her work for publications, including Reading Today Online. She is also on the ReadWriteThink Advisory Board.

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M Crasson,
Oct 16, 2013, 12:09 PM