On March 27th, 2017, in addition to a new iPad, and some very cool teacher tools, Apple announced its new curriculum for schools called "Everyone Can Create." This class structure teaches students how to express themselves and become "creators" through video, music, photography, and art. Learning how to build something has been central to having any success in my life. Tools like iMovie and iWeb were foundational for learning how to create content. Having had a chance to read the preview curriculum, these are my favorite student activities that Apple's Everyone Can Create curriculum enables.
1. How to tell stories through pictures and sound
Since I discovered Raiders of the Lost Ark as a young boy, filmmaking has fascinated me. For the longest time I wanted to be a director, but only went as far as making a few travel documentaries in my 20's.
Still, the capability to tell stories through video is even more straightforward today thanks to iMovie, Clips, and YouTube. Teaching my kids how to make a video is a must do priority for me.
2. Learning how to record an interview video
If your parents are anything like mine, I'm sure they've got amazing stories from their youth, which deserved to be handed down but are at real risk of one day being forgotten. I made that mistake with my grandparents, and so I hope my kids don't make the same mistake as me. Apple's "Ask an Expert" class teaches students how to compose an interview script, record the interview using the Clips app and then edit to resemble a conversation between your child and the interviewee.
3. Use Garageband to Interpret a Famous Quote
Another fantastic program that is free with all Apple devices is Garageband. As the name alludes, Garageband is the app for any budding musician who wants to start recording their own tracks.
However, Garageband is also great for creating a verbal audiotrack. In the "Interpreting a Famous Quote" class, students create an audio introduction from the perspective of someone they've been studying.
There is something simple, yet powerfully elegant about history's famous quotes. Having your child research, the context of when, why and what the historical figure said will be knowledge and inspiration they'll treasure for the rest of their life.
4. Learn how to compose that perfect shot
5. Learn how to sketch using sketches school
Did you know that drawing and painting is a skill that can be learned through effort and training? For someone like me whose art is too ugly for the family fridge, this was a bit of a revelation. If you search online, you'll find video evidence of the fantastic improvement in art that is possible after some instruction.
Think back to being a child. Most of us loved to draw right? But over time we stopped, probably because we were discouraged by the quality of our work.
Now with Apple's Everyone Can Create Curriculum, students can learn how to focus their senses to see it, feel it and sketch it. Your child will understand the basic elements of the line, and how lines can convey action, motion, excitement and more. Fun activities include Emojify Yourself, Expressive Line Art, and Sketch Journal.
These are just five example of what's coming this fall. I for one can't wait to put the iPad, Pencil and this curriculum in front of my child and watch them develop, grow and have fun.
If you are interested in seeing what else will be included in Everyone Can Create, here is the list of 31 Awesome Student Activities that Apple's Everyone Can Create Curriculum Enables.