Palm Beach Schools Technolog Mini-Conference

mini-conf-LogoI’m very excited by the opportunity to present at the inaugural Palm Beach Schools Technology Mini-conference.

The title of my presentation is

Digital Media Arts Integration: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating the Creative Classroom, a subject that I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about this summer as we continue to promote the use of creative technology processes in the classroom.


For those attending, here are links to the resources and references used in the presentation.

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

Center for Creative Education (West Palm Beach)

Kennedy Center for Arts Integration

Relevant Literature

Arts Integration Connections to 21st Century Skills

Creating Arts Integration Topics

Grant Wiggins on Assessing Creativity

ASCD on Assessing Creativity

Integrating Arts into the Curriculum from the Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel Arts seriesLearning through the arts is a dynamic way to engage students. But arts integration is more than just an engagement strategy — it’s a powerful way for students to gain and express understanding. Teaching Channel is really excited to present a new series of 19 videos on arts integration, in partnership with The Getty Museum. In this series, we see teachers engage their students in learning through the arts in a variety of grade levels, subject areas, and contexts. It’s inspiring to watch teachers use arts integration with English Language Learners, students in Special Education, and in conjunction with the Common Core.

Learning About Greek Mythology Through the Arts

In David Cooper’s sixth grade social studies class, we see students learning about Greek mythology through the arts. After studying Greek gods and goddesses, David has his students apply their knowledge when looking at artwork in the classroom and then later at a field trip to the Getty Villa. As a final performance of understanding, David’s students work together to plan and perform a Greek or Roman talk show. This performance of understanding shows students applying their knowledge of Greek mythology in a new and creative context.

Great New Professional Development Offerings from the Adobe Education Exchange


The good folks over at the Adobe Education Exchange have been incredibly busy with some new professional development offerings geared for teachers at all grade levels. Keeping with the theme of promoting creativity in the classroom, Adobe is offering a ton of new training materials for use by teachers. You’ll need a free Adobe ID to enroll in these courses.

I especially like these self-paced workshops that address creativity in the classroom on a macro level:

And as you’d expect, you can also find product-specific professional development courses from Adobe as well, including lessons on Photoshop and Premiere Elements, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, and many others.

In addition to the self-paced workshops you’ll also find the complete listing of all the great live events that Adobe offers via the Ed Exchange as well as recordings of  past workshops offered by Adobe Education Leaders.

So head on over! If you’re an educator in Palm Beach County you’ll soon see some of these courses in use for workshops our department will offer that allow you to earn in-service points.