One of the joys of television in my childhood was watching Tony Hart - first on Vision On and then on Take Hart - produce simple and beautiful drawings and paintings with apparent casualness and effortlessness. He had a trick of starting with a collection of rubbish - bits of paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, printed or plain, "any old load of junk" as he would say" - and then "get organised": arrange selected pieces on a backing sheet so that when he put a frame around them they looked great. A work of 'art, you might say.
composer Gordon Hamilton has done something similar, turning status updates
from his Facebook friends into a vocal piece for his choir, The AustralianVoices. I had the pleasure last week of hearing them perform it live during a
concert in Old Wolverton's Holy Trinity Church; they invited Polymnia, the
choir I sing in, to do a guest spot in their concert, which was pretty cool
too. The song takes its title from the first of the status updates: "Toy
Story 3 = Awesome". Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3,
loved it, and you will too.
I'm not sure what the relevance for learning materials is, other than the obvious one: it's not what you've got, it's what you do with it that counts.