It is incredible how many awesome tools there are that would allow students who are creative, but may lack artistic talent (I am a perfect example of that kind of person), to express themselves uniquely through digital media.
The problem is, however, that we are not allowed to (or are at least, severely limited to) purchase subscriptions. Many text books cost $70-$90 each, while many subscriptions (for a whole class) can cost $50-$200/year. It seems to me, that for the cost of a couple of (soon-to-be obsolete) text books, students can have access to incredible tools that will provide unlimited opportunities for creativity. For many administrative reasons, we cannot access that money now...but that has to change.
I don't have the answers as I do not have the knowledge of those in positions to develop and change policy, I'm merely stating that we need to change the way we provide funding to teachers so we may continue to move into the 21st century with our teaching to foster student learning and skill development.
If the government is going to mandate changes in the education system (which should take place, with or without mandate), then they must fund education in a way to provide opportunities for students to use the very skills that they will need in the future.
Creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking skills are imperative. We can foster these with Project Based Learning, Flipped Classrooms, and coaching/mentoring approaches to teaching, but we need to have the tools, the technology and the infrastructures to support our modern classrooms.