Digital Leadership
Summit at ISTELive 20
Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Sunday, October 4, 12:30–2:00 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

Arts & Creativity Playground: Get Hands-On With Digital Arts Tools



We'll show you how to engage and create with digital arts tools and strategies that we've used successfully in our classrooms. This demonstration will cover a range of arts disciplines. It's a hands-on experience for art teachers and teachers who are trying to integrate more arts and technology.

Stations include:
Session 1
Presenter: Rita A. Mortenson
Title of Presentation: #BeCreative #CapturetheMemories #FunwithPhotos
Tools: iOS device, the iOS apps PhotoFunia, Prisma, Snapseed, Simple Photobooth, some photos of yourself as well as a few other photos and your imagination!
Presentation Description: You have one of the most powerful and engaging tools on your iOS device - your camera! Learn some fun, free, simple and super creative ways to enhance your photos and engage students.

Session 2:
Presenter: Cathy Houchin
Title of Presentation: Words, Sounds Equal Art
Tools: www. paper, scissors, printer,
Presentation Description: Make a beautiful piece of art to frame or a great greeting card from a soundwave.

Session 3
Presenter: Jessie Erickson
Title of Presentation: Various Visions of Verse
Tools: google slides, poems, pages of text, and
Presentation Description: Use creativity and verse to bring poetry to life through visual representation.

Session 4 Presenter: Tim Needles
Title of Presentation: Creative Approaches To Digital Drawing
Tools: Adobe Fresco,, Drawerings, Morphi, Procreate, Sumo Paint, Piskel, & Flipaclip
Presentation Description: Explore innovative and fun approaches to digital drawing using a variety of free and low cost tools that inspire creativity in any learning environment.

Session 5
Presenter: Brendan McCann
Title of Presentation: Spark Creativity with Infographics
Tools: Adobe Spark
Presentation Description: Learn how you can get up and running creating fun and informative infographics with students using Adobe Spark.


An online playground featuring hands-on activities, inspirational talks, panels, and interactive creative challenges.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Topic: Creativity in the classroom
Grade level: K-12 and Higher Education
Standards addressed 1B. We are a PLN connecting with educators of like mind to participate with our PLN. 5B Designing authentic lesson ideas that will help the educator in the classroom to differentiate for the student 6D. We will model ideas that have worked in our classroom to foster learning.

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Jessie Erickson, Grand Forks Public Schools
Cathy Houchin, Watertown Unified School District
Brendan McCann, Canyon High School

Brendan McCann is an artist, designer and educator working in the greater Los Angeles area. He currently teaches Digital Media Arts at Canyon High School to a diverse group of students who keep him on his toes. A veteran with many of the Adobe applications he is always looking to learn new things and update his skill set so that he may share his knowledge with his students and fellow educators. As a yearbook advisor for over a decade he grew a passion for all things that combine the worlds of information, technology and design. He hopes to inspire others to see how good art and design can have a positive impact on their lives.

Rita Mortenson, Verona Area High School

Rita is the Educational Technology Coach for Verona Area High School. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007, and has been a member of several ADE Global Institutes including Ireland, Germany and Austin, TX. She also has several books published in Apple books. She also enjoys being a District Personalized Learning Coach helping transform classrooms to meet the needs of all learners. She serves on the Discovery Education Network Leadership Council, is a Google Innovator and Trainer, an ISTE Certified Educator, and is a National Board Certified teacher with an MBA degree.

Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East

Tim Needles is an artist, educator & author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx speaker, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Art Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, Katonah Art Museum, and Cape Cod Art Museum. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award and Creativity Award, NAEA’s AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a National Geographic Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, an ISTE Arts & Technology and STEM PLN leader, and Adobe Creative Educator.

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