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Technology Specialist
Kristen Brooks #forEDU LLC
Kristen Brooks is #forEDU. She has held numerous jobs in her district from Elementary Technology Lab & iPad Lab Creator to Instructional Technology Specialist & Technology Coach. She is a veteran teacher of 28 years with the last 18 years exclusively in Educational Technology. She keeps busy as a Technology Teacher & an Educational Technology Consultant. Kristen is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Apple Learning Coach, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), Global Minecraft Mentor, Adobe Education Leader (AEL), Adobe Creative Educator (ACE) & an ISTE 20 to watch in 2023 award recipient. To learn more about Kristen Brooks follow @KristenBrooks77 on LinkedIn & Twitter.
Bilingual Educator M.Ed
Tania is an enthusiastic explorer of Edu-Tech platforms, igniting her students' drive to overcome boundaries in their community and thrive as valuable contributors to society. She takes delight in sharing her captivating classroom experiences through Social Media, engaging in collaborations with other classrooms, and drawing inspiration from educators worldwide.
Manuel is an international speaker, an accomplished illustrator, and a veteran educator. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, and design thinking. Over the past 19 years, Manuel has keynoted and led workshops across the globe at conferences such as SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & The International Sketchnote Camp. Manuel has illustrated books, publications, and graphics for a variety of organizations, publishers, and schools. In 2018 Manuel became a Google Innovator at LAX18. Currently, Manuel is a Canva Learning Consultant and a Learning and Development Specialist for Washington University in St. Louis. Follow Manuel on Twitter & Instagram at @manuelherrera33.
Grand Island Central School District
@Using _your_smarticles
Mary Howard is a Nationally Board Certified sixth grade teacher in Grand Island New York. She is a two time Teacher of the Year Finalist , and a Master Teacher. She recently authored a book titled, Artificial Intelligence to Streamline Your Teacher Life: The ChatGPT Guide for Educators. Mary enjoys pursuing 'shiny things' in the form of technology that can enhance instruction.
Associate Professor, Art Education
Texas State University
Sean Justice is Associate Professor of Art Education at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He teaches and writes about art and computer science education, computational thinking, and teacher education in the digital age. His research addresses teacher education in the age of computing and digital networks. As an artist, he has exhibited photographs, videos and computer animations both nationally and internationally. His book Learning to Teach in the Digital Age: New Materialities and Maker Paradigms in Schools was published by Peter Lang, in 2016. He publishes regularly in art, education, and human development journals.
Sherri Kushner has taught visual and media arts for the past 22 years. She currently teaches media arts in Evanston, IL where she is also the Art Department chair. She is most passionate about empowering student voices and creating meaningful dialogue through issue-based photography. She teaches students to effectively communicate about issues that affect them in their school and community, and to become advocates for social justice and equity. Besides photography, Sherri also specializes in narrative media and digital fabrication. She is an Adobe Education Leader, ACE Innovator, and an Illinois 2023 Golden Apple Finalist.
Science Educator
Huron City Schools
Leah LaCrosse is an 8th grade science teacher in Huron, Ohio that integrates technology of all kinds throughout her Earth, Physical, and Life Science curriculum. From iPads to drones and robots, learning science through engineering challenges, play, and project based activities is how her students work all year.
School Library Media Specialist
Smithtown School District
Catherine Masrour is a librarian educator living on Long Island. She is the 2022 SSLMA School Librarian of the Year. Catherine has a doctorate in Education: Learning and Leadership and her interests are in the Library Learning Commons model, 21st-century learning, makerspaces, reluctant readers, and ELL students. She runs a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting STEM enrichment opportunities for students in her community. And, she is a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Morocco.
Special Ed Assistive Tech Consultant
Smithtown Central School District
Anne Marie McQuaid has an Undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She was a recipient of a NYS grant program for her Masters and received a degree in Special Education with a concentration in teaching students with severe disabilities including deaf-blindness. Anne Marie has worked in both private and public school systems throughout her 25 year career as a special educator. Anne Marie also has many years of experience working with students with autism spectrum disorders. Anne Marie is currently working in Smithtown, N.Y. as an Assistive Technology Consultant.
Technology Integration Specialist
Smithtown School District
Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power. He’s a TEDx Talk speaker, technology integration specialist, and teaches art and emerging media at Smithtown Schools and Five Towns College. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action and Creativity Award, NAEA’s Eastern Region Art Educator Award & ArtEdTech Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s also a board member of NYSCATE, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an ISTE Community leader and NAEA ArtMediaTech chair.
Instructional Technology Coach
Crystal Lake Central High School D155
Kerry Parrish has been teaching Visual Arts for 25 years and has been an Instructional Technology Coach for 9 years. She has presented at NAEA, IAEA, ISTE, ISTE Creative Constructor Lab, CUElive, IDEA/TCEA, ITC, and LTCIlliois. As an art teacher, she frequently looks at the Visual Arts, Media Arts and Edtech through a creative and collaborative lens. Kerry enjoys collaborating with teachers and growing her PLN through presenting and staying active on twitter.
Education Products Manager
Julie Willcott oversees the development of #AR/#VR/#XR immersive and interactive content for the K12 education market. Her experience includes teaching STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) at the high school level and sustainability at the college level. She has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2013 for her innovative use of technology and development of open educational resources.
Educational Technology Director
ISTE Certified Educator
Alana Winnick lives in New York City and currently holds key leadership positions as the Educational Technology Director and Data Protection Officer for Pocantico Hills Central School District in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and the Hudson Valley Director for The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE), where she blends her degrees, certifications, and experience in Childhood Education, Educational Technology, and Leadership. Alana is also the host of Generative Age, a live web show and podcast that explores the rapidly evolving world of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on education.
Instructional Tech / STREAM Specialist
Carthage Central School
Bryan is a 25-year innovative educator who has served as a Middle School Science Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, PBL Coach, and STEM Specialist. Bryan is a podcaster, YouTuber, two-time author, and recovering burned-out educator with a passion for helping teachers "Kick Some Class" sustainably! Check out most recent my book, "Recalculating: A navigation system for educators who are burning out, getting out, or sticking it out." Follow my blog, podcast, and more @ClassKicker

Session description

Creativity is a mindset, not just a skill. Stop by this hands-on workshop to hear from teachers of all grade levels about integrating creative tools into your curriculum to increase engagement and amplify learning. Learn new tools, hear tips and advice, play with apps and get inspired!

Purpose & objective

Participants will hear from a variety of speakers about how to integrate creativity tools and mindsets into their curriculum. Through hands-on play, and face to face conversations, participants will hear about best practices and strategies, and brainstorm their own.

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Participants enter the space and move to tables of their choice:

all activities happen simultaneously:
two stages of presenters
multiple tables with leaders on a variety of topics and apps

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Supporting research

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Session specifications

Creativity & curation tools
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Adobe Express
Apple Pages
Apple Keynote
Apple Freeform
Subject area:
Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Learning Designer
  • Model the use of instructional design principles with educators to create effective digital learning environments.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.