Weeks 13 & 14: Everyone Can Create

EDCI 318 Technology for Teaching & Learning

Ken Robinson: The Element: How Finding your Passion Changes Everything. Within the book, he explains that we all have talents and gifts. When those talents and gifts work in concert with our passions, we are functioning within a productive, sweet spot called The Element.

He firmly believes that we are all capable of being creative, and he reaffirms that within this book. He also criticizes schools (that often separate arts from core subjects) and workplace environments that notoriously stifle the natural, creative juices we all possess.

Robinson suggests we need to know our own minds, realize our own potential talents, and allow ourselves to be stimulated by the work ideas and achievements of others. He suggests that if someone is not creative, it’s because they haven’t been allowed to be or haven’t been shown how to be. Most importantly, he believes that creativity, not standardization is the key to successful futures for individuals, schools and business organizations.

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Read the Teachers Guide First

Next Read the Student Guide

Everyone is born full of creativity

“Everyone is born full of creativity. And nurturing it is one of the​ most important things educators do. Creativity helps students ​ become better communicators and problem solvers. It prepares ​ them to thrive in today’s world, and to shape tomorrow’s.

For 40 years, we’ve worked alongside educators to understand​ how we can help unleash the creative potential in every student. Creative thinking leads to deeper engagement, ​ so students take more ownership of their learning. ​ Using that knowledge and our product expertise, we designed Everyone Can Create program to give every student the opportunity to develop the skills and techniques they need to become the next generation of innovators, artists, and creators.

Learn more about Everyone Can Create ib the iBook.

Excerpt From: Apple Education. “Video, Music, Photography, Drawing.” Apple Inc. - Education, 2018. iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/video-music-photography-drawing/id1357353934?mt=11

A new curriculum that brings creative expression to every subject.

Everyone Can Create

Everyone Can Create teaches students to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music, and drawing. And it gives teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, topic, or assignment.

Why creativity matters.

After 40 years working alongside educators, we’ve seen — and research has shown — that creative thinking leads to deeper student engagement. And when students are more engaged, they take more ownership of their learning. Creative skills help students become better problem solvers, communicators, and collaborators. They explore more and experiment more. They tell richer stories and find their own unique voices. They stretch their imaginations and make connections they might not otherwise make — and carry all these skills through everything they’ll do in school. And beyond.

Easy, fun lessons for teaching creative skills and techniques.

Designed with the help of educators and creative professionals, Everyone Can Create introduces the fundamental skills and techniques of video, photography, music, and drawing. Students will use free apps available on any iPad, like Clips and GarageBand, taking advantage of the built-in camera, microphone, speakers, Multi-Touch display, and support for Apple Pencil. The curriculum also offers materials to help teachers infuse these skills into the subjects they teach every day. So students can use musical rhythm to make a math equation more memorable, produce a video to re-create a turning point in history, or use drawing to illustrate a city’s changes in architecture over time.


Video gives students a powerful means of interpreting existing ideas and expressing their own. Learning about composition, lighting, camera angles, pacing, and how to establish setting helps students construct strong narratives, which they can do right away with Clips, iMovie, and the built-in camera.


By examining and capturing photos, students can better understand the realities of the world around them. Using the iPad camera and the Photos app, they’ll learn to identify and frame compelling subjects, experiment with light and shadow, and explore all aspects of composition — from point of view to depth to symmetry.


Songs enrich and tell stories. Understanding rhythm, melody, and harmony gives students the building blocks to make music of their own. GarageBand helps students learn to create and sample beats, arrange tracks, record vocals, capture sound, and mix audio — opening up more ways to convey themes and ideas in their storytelling.


Drawing encourages the mind to observe the world more closely, considering how things are put together and how they work. It lets students articulate concepts that exist only in their imaginations, in ways words just can’t. Using Apple Pencil with apps like Tayasui Sketches School, they’ll explore balance and symmetry, different types of lines, shapes, shading, color, and texture.

These Preview guides contain a sampling of lessons to explore, with many more coming this fall in each of the creative disciplines.

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Show all your work, put ALL your examples together in a project using another app of your choosing or include each on your page in Weebly with your reflection explaining your process and learning.

Reflect and Create

This project has several parts and will take some thought & time. If you wait until the day it is due, you will be frustrated. Start now, so that you have plenty of time to think, plan and complete.

  1. Read the Teachers Guide thoroughly, don't just skim it!! Take notes on your thoughts and ideas during your reading. This will make writing your reflection much easier. Make sure you view the examples contained in the guide.
  2. Activities are designed so that they can be applied to any subject or grade. A list of guiding steps is provided so you can see how they can share with (your) students.
  3. As a teacher, it is important to create sample projects so you completely understand what your students will be doing.
  4. Move to the Student Guide, read through it and choose an activity to complete yourself. Pick ONE Chapter: Drawing or Photography or Music or Video (or more if you wish) and do it just like your students would do the project in your class and in your content area. Show all your work!!
  5. Do all the projects in that chapter-Drawing or Photography, or Music or Video, show ALL YOUR work!!
  6. Yes, apply it to your subject/content area you plan to teach.
  7. Likely you will discover with some of the chapters that you need to choose a way to put your project together, for example, Photography, put all your photos together using iMovie, or Spark Page, or Spark Video, etc. Think outside the box!!!
  8. Show all your work, put ALL your examples together in a project using another app of your choosing or include each on your page in Weebly with your reflection explaining your process and learning.
  9. Add a subpage to your Weebly site, call it Everyone Can Create.
  10. Add the project you just completed to the same Weebly page with your Reflection. Both on the same page.
  11. Lastly, add a reflection about what you learned an discovered reading the teachers guide and the student guide as well as completing the project. Be very specific and detailed in your reflection of your learning. A few sentences are not going to cut it. Dig deep, think like a teacher how are you going to implement projects like this in your own classroom. Discuss what you did and how andapply it to your content area.
  12. Add your project to padlet https://padlet.com/ded318/everyonecancreate, you may have multiple posts on Padlet.
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Grading Checklist and requirements- work 160 points

Reflection Requirements
  • 50 points- Refection is detailed, well written and represents scholarly thought and writing.
  • 10 points =5 points each link-Include links to both books
  • 10 points = 5 points each cover picture (screenshot cropped) of each book
  • 10 points: Tweet using hashtags #edci318 and #EveryoneCanCreate

Project Requirements

  • Complete all the steps of the project as described in the Student Guide but make sure you create a project in your subject/content area.
  • Do all the projects in that chapter-Drawing or Photography, or Music or Video
  • Add to your Everyone Can Code Weebly page
  • 70 points


This two-part assignment is worth a total of 150 points plus 20 for Padlet and you have 2 weeks to complete. It is due on April 29th. But do not wait until April 29th to begin.

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