New program at Hanalani Schools helps students get creative with digital storytelling

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Hanalani Schools in Mililani has a new teaching curriculum designed by Apple called, “Everyone Can Create.” HI Now host Jobeth Devera spoke with two students and Hanalani teacher and Apple distinguished educator Ben Mountz, who uses the curriculum in his digital storytelling class.

“Everyone Can Create” is a free program that Apple developed for educators to help incorporate digital tools in their classrooms. Mountz’s digital storytelling class is an elective course at Hanalani’s upper school that teaches students how to use drawing, photography, video and music to tell their stories and share them with the world.

The program also has students using the skills they’ve learned in other classes, such as robotics. Mountz believes that when students use their creativity, they are more engaged with what they are learning and become better problem solvers, communicators and collaborators.

For those who are interested in the program and want to learn more, the school will be holding an open house on Saturday, February 23. Families can RSVP at

About Hanalani Schools
Nestled on six beautiful acres in Mililani, Hanalani Schools has nurtured, challenged, and prepared students for success in both college and life for over 65 years. Hanalani seeks to enrich the whole child—mentally, physically, and spiritually—and develop successful leaders by offering high-quality programs powered by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and built on three foundational pillars: core knowledge, critical skills, and Christian character. The school believes that these three pillars best equip students to become successful leaders in their future careers, communities, and families.

Hanalani Schools describes their approach to teaching core knowledge as Academics Plus. Through this approach, their students develop their academic foundation by focusing on STEAM (STEM + Arts). Students also regularly enjoy off-campus learning in places and events around the island, as well as on trips abroad. Additionally, co-curricular opportunities, especially through various teams— athletics, arts, and activities — provide students with rich life and leadership lesson opportunities. Athletics, drama production stage, and student government headquarters all serve as essential classrooms for developing leadership skills.

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