Getting Creative in the Classroom - Back to School Series


The Back to School Series for 2023 is upon us 🙌🏻🙌🏻

I was so excited to be asked to take part in this program for 2023, especially alongside the uber-talented Mandy Dempsey, Chantelle Sansness and Eric Luna. Throughout the week we will be sharing a huge range of quick tips and engaging classroom activities, as well as guided hands-on tutorials across various apps. Better still is that each and every one of these presentations will be available to view on-demand until the 31st of March on the Back to School 2023 Series Site: 😍

My demos and workshop this week are all about getting creative in the classroom and I will be sharing some of my favourite creative projects using apps such as Keynote, GarageBand, Clips and Markup within the Photos app.

If you want to dive a little deeper into any of these projects - read on for tips, links and even some sneaky downloads 🫶🏻


Clips is one of my favourite apps to use in the classroom with our learners (a close second after Camera 📷 of course!). I have never met an educator who doesn’t ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ as they start to explore the power and opportunities behind this incredible app. My demonstration showed how quick and easy it was to pull together a meaningful message about 'Sustainable Waste Management' using fun comic book filters and other attributes within the app Clips.

This Clips movie is super simple and intended to showcase features of the app but imagine all the additional information your students could add to their own meaningful message. They could truly bring the comic book to life by duplicating clips and having our little flower character offer suggestions for each of the components. At the bottom of this post, you will find the 4 images used in this project in a zipped folder, in case you wanted to practice your Clips skills on the same project before completing it with your class 🙌🏻

For more information about using Clips:



Ahh GarageBand 🫶🏻 So so so many possibilities in one SUPER creative app. The early years teacher in me just LOVED sharing the fun voice effects and sound loops to create an intergalactic weather report.  

This project was created using a single voice recording of both characters which was split. I then added voice filters and some fun Loop sound effects. If you want to play around with this exact project, I have added a GarageBand file at the bottom of this post with the voice recording I used in the weather report - ready for you to split (although it is just as easy to start with your own recording). You can then find out more about adding Loops and Voice filters by exploring these links:


Those who know me, know that my FAVE iPad app is the Camera - and everything that comes along with it. Features like Markup just take the use of photography to document learning on the iPad to a whole new level. In the Back to School series, I shared a bright and colourful self-portrait activity using Markup that would be PERFECT for the first few weeks at school.


I have also written a forum post offering heaps more ideas for using Markup in the classroom.... Check it out by clicking the link below:

Another great place to explore more ideas with Markup is:


One of the most rewarding things we can give our students is choice. Allowing them to have agency over how they might share their ideas and learning allows each student the opportunity to shine, showcasing their knowledge in their own unique way. Some students might choose a video masterpiece, others an epic sketch. Some might create a vocal soundtrack alongside a presentation whilst others might create amazing animations. 

That is why an app like Keynote is a go-to for me in the classroom from our youngest kindergarteners to our senior high school students. All of these options are possible - all in this one app. 

During the Back to School sessions, I shared how to put together an animation of the water cycle using Keynote. This project went through a range of ways to edit shapes to pull together all the assets needed for the animation, and then shared how to pull it together with some different animations.

The workshop kicked off with a group of shapes already put together on a slide. You can find this (very basic) keynote slide below. Why not download this and watch the workshop to follow along with me? Remember this can be viewed until the 31st of March by clicking here. You can also learn more about using Keynote in these great resources:

 I would love to know....





10 replies

January 16, 2023

Hi Everyone,

Super excited to be sharing some ideas, tips and tricks with you today for the Apple Back to School series in Australia & NZ. This post has some handy links and downloads if you would like to explore these projects further.

Thanks, Rachel 🫶🏻

January 16, 2023

Rachel the combination of simple to use components creates such impact, and makes me feel like exploring more uses.

January 16, 2023

So excited to hear this Vikki. Keen to support in any way I can - maybe when we finally get to that coffee! 😆

January 16, 2023

I feel so inspired!! I just hope that I can build my skills to a decent level to teach these great applications before school starts!!

January 23, 2023

Thanks Shelley! Great that you are keen to keep playing 🫶🏻

January 17, 2023

Hi Rachel 😁 I absolutely loved your presentations, inspiration to the max. I have so many favourites for the day, and I can't wait to get creative with those incredible animations in Keynote!

January 17, 2023

Thanks so much Zoey 🫶🏻 Keynote animations are so much fun!! so mcuh to play with!

January 26, 2023

Thanks so much for sharing!

February 01, 2023

I would love to know if anyone has used any of these tips and ideas in the classroom?

August 11, 2023

Love this post and everything you have shared! Thanks for inspiring others and all your efforts to bring creativity into the classroom for kids! I also LOVE Keynote and the capabilities of the Camera and Clips! Numbers has so much potential too! And then throw in Freeform and you have so many creative possibilities for student choice! I will be sharing this post with many! Thank you!

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