How Technology Helps Create Innovative Students


During class projects and assignments, teachers are always looking for students to be creative and innovative.  A student’s ability to come up with creative solutions determines not only how well students will do in their coursework, but it also determines how much students will be able to contribute in the workplace.

Creating a collaborative learning environment will help bring out the best in your students.  Innovative thinking involves brainstorming, flexibility, elaboration, and seeing ideas through to the end.

Teachers utilize classroom technology in order to engage students in innovative thinking practices.  Popular apps and programs can be used to help students collaborate and engage in these 7 different parts of the design process:

1.  Empathize

Poll Everywhere and Google Forms are both great ways to get students to collect data from the outside, giving them a feel for what consumers need and want.

2.  Define

Wufoo and Airtable are great apps that allow students to create and organize in-depth forms and spreadsheets to further research and pin down an idea.

3.  Planning

Popplet, Stormboard, and Feedly all allow students to map out and add to their concrete idea.  They can create collaborative files and organize ideas.

4.  Prototype

Animation Desk and Google Slides allow students to present their ideas in a fun and creative way.  Students can use this stage to test out how they want their idea to be marketed and portrayed.

5.  Test

Students can use Twitter and Facebook polls to see how people react to their prototype and make adjustments accordingly.

6.  Implement

In this stage Weebly and Wix can help students create a website for their product.  This helps the students lay out what they need consumers to know about their product and figure out how it will be marketed.

7.  Reflect

Blogger and Evernote are both programs that allow students to write about and reflect on their product and process.  Have your students think about what they did well, and what they could have improved upon.

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