What’s new: Apple’s Everyone Can Create resources

London CLC’s Peter Lillington had a preview of Apple’s new resources for inspiring creativity with iPads and he’s impressed. 

Many schools are looking at ways to make more of the investment they have made in iPads.  Apple has responded with a free resource, Everyone Can Create, to help inspire teachers as well as pupils and students to extract maximum creative and educational value from iPads.

The resources sit alongside Apple’s #EveryoneCanCode campaign, and focus on the impact that the technology and apps can have in supporting every student through music, drawing, photo and video. The teacher guide has 300 ideas from educators on how to integrate projects with maths, literacy, science and computing alongside other core subjects. This is an example of video in a science lesson:

The Everyone Can Create project guides for students and teachers are in iBook format which allows them to be fully interactive, so that activities can be sampled without even leaving the page. Apple has developed very powerful free apps in GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Clips and Swift Playgrounds with a host of specific features designed to, in their words, ‘unleash and ignite creativity’. And there are many other apps that can be used alongside this core creative toolkit.


At London CLC we always endeavour to cast a critical and objective eye when tech companies produce school-focused resources that promote their products. However, in this case I was certainly inspired by my hands-on experience of the resources at a recent launch event at the Design Museum where I had a chance to try a sample of the ideas myself – and I liked the curriculum content that I saw.

There is plenty here for every school, whether primary or secondary, and, crucially, there is also food for thought even if you have limited or no access to Apple technology. Some of the activities could be transferred to other platforms and technologies, though some make use of very specific Apple capability and apps for which there is no direct equivalent (such as  Garageband).

As an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) we will be looking to help teachers and schools put some of the Everyone Can Create ideas into practice and will be featuring the content in our London CLC computing conference as well as our free RTC events.  Alongside this we do also, of course, support schools to make creative use of other tech products and resources.

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Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
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Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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