Digital Creativity for ALL Learners

Our new Digital Creativity course for Year 7 and 8 has made a massive impact on our students with disabilities at Corpus Christi College. The course is based on Apple’s Everyone Can Create curriculum and is designed to provide students with core digital skills in photography, video, audio and drawing. 

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Teaching with Keynote: #3 Scaffold Screen-recorded Tutorials

Students can combine Keynote slides and screen recordings to create tutorial videos. To do this, provide a simple structure for students to follow by making a clear scaffold in Keynote. Screen-recordings are a simple and effective way for teachers to see and hear what students know about a topic. Provide blank slides for students to drop in their recordings.

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Teaching with Keynote: #2 Document a Process

Students can use Keynote to document a process with photographs. For example, students could show the process of photosynthesis, the process of building a bed-side table or the process of throwing a cricket ball. An image (or short video) on each slide supported with audio narration and text help children consolidate their understanding. 

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Teaching with Keynote: #1 Annotate & Animate

Students can use Keynote to animate their hand-written notes on top of an image and then add audio to explain their understanding. As we know from cognitive science, a combination of visual and verbal information allows students to retain information more effectively. Here’s a screen-shot example from a Science class.

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Episode 15: Autism Pedagogy Craig Smith

In this week’s episode of The Staffroom, we speak to author, Apple Distinguished Educator and international speaker, Craig Smith (@wrenasmir). Craig speaks to us about creative educational best practices for young people with autism. He shares his experience of working with students with special educational needs and explains his views on technology to support the social and emotional needs of these students.

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Episode 14: Digital Creativity Adam Torrens

This week we were privileged to chat about creativity in the tech-classroom with Australian teacher Adam Torrens (@AdamTorrens84). Adam is an award-winning teacher, digital learning leader and Apple Distinguished Educator who teaches at Stamford American International School in Singapore. Adam speaks to us about Apple's 'Everyone Can Create' curriculum and his views on digital integration.

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Episode 13: Closing the Vocabulary Gap Alex Quigley

In this special episode of ‘The Staffroom’, we speak to UK based former English teacher, author and director of research, Alex Quigley (@HuntingEnglish). Alex speaks to us about his recent book, ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ and gives us insightful research based expert knowledge on the importance of vocabulary in education. Check it out!

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Episode 11: Augmented & Virtual Reality Paul Hamilton

In this episode of The Staffroom, we were lucky to speak to talented Apple Distinguished Educator, edtech pioneer and author, Paul Hamilton (@PaulHamilton8) about Augmented, Virtual Reality in education. Paul also spoke to us about his popular coding picture book, ‘If I Were A Wizard’ and his app, Wizard AR and the way they enhance learning in his primary school classroom.

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