Creativity in the Classroom doesn’t have to be difficult: Saiqa Liaqat, Highlands School

Saiqa Liaqat, Assistant Headteacher, Highlands School

Saiqa Liaqat, Assistant Headteacher, Highlands School

Guest Blog Post:

The timing of Adobe’s report last year was absolutely perfect as it brought creativity to the fore and showed it’s such as important skill for students to have as they make their way in the world. As a teacher, it’s the responsibility of people like myself and my colleagues to help the students we’re teaching to think creatively.

At my school, we strongly believe the answer lies in digital technologies. In fact, I’d go as far as to say ICT is essential to driving creativity in schools. Firstly, practically every workplace uses technology in some form. But secondly – and crucially – because technology is something that young people are passionate about and it’s a world they understand.

We’re using it across the curriculum to bring to life topics students can often feel disengaged in – so for Religious Studies we’re creating animations depicting the life of a Buddha, in History we’re using augmented reality to create story books about the Battle of Hastings, and in Media Studies we’re making professional films.

The engagement levels for each of these projects have just been mind blowing, with some of my weakest students really excelling and raising their attainment levels. The creative skills these technologies help open up is also invaluable – and something they can take with them as they approach employers and universities in the future.

Injecting this creative approach to learning doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult – there are really simple ways it can be done. Check out these resources for some useful hints and tips!

About Liz Wilkins

Liz Wilkins is Senior Marketing Manager for Education at Adobe Systems UK. Her involvement with Adobe Education products has seen her work closely with a range of educational institutions, championing the use of digital media tools in the curriculum, and their integration into a number of subject areas in order to better prepare students for the future demands of the workplace. Liz works closely with teachers and administrators integrating software, curriculums, and instructional resources as well as certification options and professional development tools. Through promoting digital literacy in cross-curricular education, teaching essential career skills, and streamlining administrative processes Liz has experience working in partnership with a diverse portfolio of schools and further education institutions.
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One Response to Creativity in the Classroom doesn’t have to be difficult: Saiqa Liaqat, Highlands School

  1. Agreed with you. Thanks for sharing useful links :)