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Learning with Apple Distinguished Educators — Inspiring Creativity and Collaboration

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Playground C, Street Level, Broad Street Atrium

Kurt Klynen  
Discover how educators all over the world are using technology to enhance creativity and collaboration. Join Apple Distinguished Educators for a thematic experience celebrating the history of Philadelphia, with hands-on activities that transform teaching and learning.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Camera
Apple Books
Voice Memos
Sketches School
Swift Playgrounds
Green Screen by DoInk
AR Makr
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this thematic playground is to provide the audience with a hands on experience and basic overview of how Apple Distinguished Educators are transforming education. Educators are becoming content creators, providing personalized learning experiences for their learners. We will explore the various ways in which drawing, photography, video, music and coding can be used to enhance the classroom experience linking it to the theme of Independence Day. Authentic examples will be provided from across a wide variety of classrooms as well as hands on experiences creating content on the devices.


Exploring Creative Storytelling
Developing Multisensory Learning
Elevating Ideas to Action
Getting Started with Coding and Robots
Recording Audio Projects
Creating Photo Essays and Stories
Photo Walks
Sketch Walks
Making Movies Together
Expressive Drawing
Video Storytelling
App Design and Coding Basics

Supporting research

Why Creativity Matters

Research has shown — that creative expression leads to deeper student engagement. And when students are more engaged, they take more ownership of their learning. 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.


Drawing encourages the mind to observe the world more closely, consider 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.


By exploring and capturing photos, students can better understand the realities of the world around them.


Video gives students a powerful means of interpreting ideas, expressing their thoughts, informing, influencing, and inspiring their audience.


Music helps us enrich and tell more powerful stories.


Coding is essential to help students thrive in a future driven by technology. When you teach coding, you also teach skills like critical thinking and problem solving.

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Kurt Klynen, Joy Of Professional Learning

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