27 Jan 2017


The DLCs created "17 Ways to Ignite Your Teaching in 2017" to help generate new ideas for your classroom. We are going to highlight some of the ideas presented in 17 in 2017 each week throughout the rest of the school year. This week the spotlight is on Adobe Spark.

Spark is a set of 3 tools (Post, Page, and Video) that are available on the web and in Self-Service on the iPads. All three tools give students a quick, creative, and visual way to show what they know. Click on the link below to learn more about Adobe Spark and discover how to use it in the classroom.

Try Adobe Spark

16 Feb 2016


This week the DLCs are excited to launch our first creativity contest! Teachers, classrooms, and students are encouraged to share what they love about Shakopee Schools. Pictographs, videos, presentations... there are no restrictions to the format, so let the creativity flow! 

Email links of your complete work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet us @shakopeedlc

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26.

16 Feb 2016

Here's what's happening in tech integration! Last week students from Pearson 6th Grade Center and West Junior High and Kindergarten teachers from Jackson and Sun Path presented to parents, teachers, and community members at the Referendum Update Open House to demonstrate ways we are using technology to enhance student learning. Middle level students gave live demonstrations about using green screens, collecting data in science class, coding, programming, and using Notability and Canvas. K teachers presented Osmo, Book Creator, and Seesaw to illustrate creative and innovative uses of iPads in K-1 classrooms across the district. It was an exciting night for students to demonstrate 21st Century learning in Shakopee! Read the January 2016 Special Edition CommUNITY newsletter for a Referendum Update.

Here are more highlights:

  • Pearson students are using HSTRY to create Civil War timelines.
  • 7th grade science students at West JH are starting genius hour explorations.
  • Kindergartners at Eagle Creek and Sun Path used Book Creator for Project Lead the Way science projects on body structures and functions. 
  • Sweeney 1st grade teachers are appsmashing without reservation, using the camera app, DoInk, and Seesaw to finalize a reader's theater green screen project.
  • Kindergartens recorded videos retelling stories (Red Oak) and explaining the writing process (Jackson). 
  • West Junior High counselors and school psychologist rolled out a student support course in Canvas.

Read the latest Catching Creativity for details, photos, and videos. 

24 Sep 2014

Quite often you may find yourself wanting to jazz up a publication that you're creating, whether digital or print.  CANVA ( is a fabulous resource that all of us on the DLC team have found to be a spectacular and fun web tool for photo editing.  With CANVA, you can create custom images, as well as:

  • Twitter Headers
  • Facebook Cover PhotosYOUR
  • Pinterest Posts
  • Blog post images
  • Twitter/FB posts
  • Business Cards
  • Presentations
  • ...etc.


The best part is that you are limited only by the time you'll want to spend on this great web application, because the program, itself, is FREE!  You pay only for images you purchase through the program, but you can also upload images that you already have the rights to use.

Curious and want to check it out?  Take a look at some of their tutorials:

Have fun and give it a try!



Image credit: Auero and Canva, Absract Light Trails by noolwee

Popular Blog Posts