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Creativity Playground: Inspiring Creativity and Collaboration

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Explore and create : Playground

Michael Hernandez  
Kurt Klynen  
Claudio Zavala  

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 citizens of the world, with hands-on activities that transform teaching and learning. Supported by Apple distinguished educators!

Audience: Library media specialists, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Camera
Apple Books
Voice Memos
iMovie Clips
Reality Composer
Sketches School
Swift Playgrounds
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
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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, AR and coding can be used to enhance the classroom experience linking it to the theme of citizens of the world. Authentic examples will be provided from across a wide variety of classrooms as well as hands-on experiences creating content on the devices.


Activities around:
Augmented Reality
Process: Station Rotation
Time: 15 min per station

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.

Augmented Reality

Teaching with AR can enhance how students relate to, contextualize, and interact with the world around them. So learning becomes virtually limitless.


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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Michael Hernandez, Mira Costa High School

Michael is an award-winning teacher, author and education consultant in Los Angeles whose work focuses on media literacy, digital storytelling and innovation in learning. Host of Change the Narrative podcast and newsletter, you can find Michael sharing ideas with educators around the world. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator. Twitter: @cinehead Instagram: @changing.the.narrative

Kurt Klynen, Apple
ISTE Certified Educator

I’m a Learning Experience Designer who started his career 20 years ago. Nowadays I develop learning experiences and support materials that are simple and elegant using technology, tools, and apps to improve engagement and outcomes.

Claudio Zavala

Claudio Zavala Jr. is a digital designer for the Burleson Independent School District in Texas.. He’s passionate about fostering creativity in the classroom and using digital tools to engage learners. He also enjoys helping individuals, entrepreneurs and small-business owners create their designs and build their brands. Zavala has presented at a number of national and regional conferences, including the ISTE Conference & Expo, SXSWEdu, the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) and the TCEA Convention & Exposition, and his work has been featured in Toggle and EdTech Magazine. He’s also experienced in social media management, something he learned to do as part of I Am Claudius, his digital media consulting company. An Adobe Education Leader, Adobe Creative Educator, Certified Alpha Squirrel, Flipgrid Ambassador and Participate Community Advisor, Zavala enjoys photography and videography, and growing his YouTube channel. He’s also a professional musician, master woodworker and graphic designer.

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