The integration of creativity software should not be seen as "one more thing I have to do", but instead looked at as a bridge to engage students in furthering their literacy skills. As teachers begin to give students longer, more academic reading assignments, that is when the emphasis shifts from "learning to read" to "reading to learn", many students lose steam. So the question becomes, how do we continue to have students be "the little engine that could"?
Do Not Reinvent the Wheel
Teachers should be aware that one does not need to reinvent the wheel in order to be successful with this strategy. Many textbooks today are filled with extension and skill building activities requiring higher-level thinking and various approaches to 21st century skills, such as problem solving.
Check Out Your Textbook
Teachers may want to take some time to look at the side columns in their student or teacher editions of the textbook and see how creativity software, such as Pixie, can support the ideas already in place to strengthen student literacy. This is something that can be done with each core content area, as most textbooks will support literacy of sorts within their field.
Houghton-Mifflin Resource Guide
While working with some teachers in California, I took the liberty to peruse the Houghton-Mifflin literature anthology for creative ways to further engage the staff and their students. What I found were a wealth of extension and skill based activities that the teachers were bypassing due to time. The staff and I collaborated on how we could infuse these ideas with Tech4Learning software during their monthly themes and not add an additional workload. The result is this document filled with a wealth of extension and skill building ideas whether you use Houghton-Mifflin or not.