2nd graders WOWed me again by creating these visual metaphors using the Superimpose app. I wrote up this lesson in this post. See their finished work on Artsonia here. Below is my tutorial showing you all the steps these little people went through to create these.
Our translational tessellation project using the Amaziograph app on iPads from the early winter was published in School Arts Magazine's April 2014 issue. You can view our original post here with links to student art, handouts, tutorial, and more.
See this blog post from Schoolarts Magazine about this lesson: http://www.schoolartsroom.com/2014/03/terrific-tessellations.html
We have a large and ever growing collection of Fugleflicks, Student-Created Art-Related movies made by kids for kids about art.
Over the summer I started a Fugleflick QR code book that has 18 of our favorite movies. The pages have a graphic title, pictures from the book, description of the movie, learning objective AND most importantly, a QR code leading directly to the movie on vimeo. Learn more about the SCAN-VIEW-LEARN book and how you can get it for your art room from this post.
Today I realized that I had everything I needed (finally) to let my students have a chance to scan, view, and learn from our book. Here is what I needed to make this work:
Thanks to our ABC/25 grant and supplemental funding from Edbacker.com we have a reusable collaborative lego wall. Last year's rotational symmetry challenge was so engaging and fun that we wrote it up for School Arts Magazine. See it here.
This year's challenge will be both fun and informative. Students will be recreating the faces of four important figures from our history while learning more about the important role African Americans have played in shaping the arts, civics, sports, and politics for everyone in the United States. We hope to use this PBSkids interactive game to match faces to events. See how you do at this game.
Unfortunately, it requires Flash and doesn't work on mobile devices.
I used an app called PhotoBricks to create a custom LEGO mosaic that matches the size, number of plates, and color schemes we have available in the art room. Then, I uploaded the images I made to Blockposters.com so I can print them out as guides (see example).
BrainPop: Underground Railroad (requires password)
BrainPop: Martin Luther King Jr. (free)
BrainPop: Jackie Robinson (requires password)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (video by ArtGirlJan)
BrainPop: Fredrick Douglass (requires password)
BrainPop: Black History Spotlight (many choices-need password)
PBS video about LEGO ART (free-5:45 minutes)
See us at work here:
I was holding off on doing this project with the kindergarteners until we had enough iPads in the art room for everyone to create at the same time. That time arrived! Even though we are tired of snow aren't you excited to know we have enough iPads for K-3rd grades at Dryden to do 1:1 iPad lessons in art class?
If you want to help fund the last two iPads we need to have enough for EVERYONE you can give to our Donor's Choose project here.
This project required a bunch of new learning for the kindergartners including:
I sincerely hope this is the last time I ask you to donate for iPads for our art room. After this Donor's Choose project is complete we will have 24 student iPads, enough for every child in every grade level at Dryden to not have to wait to create! This will be an amazing accomplishment and a HUGE community effort. Every project is funded with multiple gifts from donors near and far who believe in art education and want to promote the innovative things we do here.
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We love iPads in our art class and have been working with your help at getting enough iPads for the art room to have one for everyone. We've ALMOST reached that goal. We are only TWO iPads short. We have 22 iPads with class sizes topping off at 24 students. The younger grades have enough, but the 4th and 5th graders aren't quite there.
If you want to help us get those last two iPads there is a really easy way: shop and clip.
Shop on our Artsonia Gallery
Our online digital art gallery on Artsonia is not only a wonderful place to view your child's artwork, comment on their efforts, and have family join their fan clubs to connect around the globe, but it is also a fundraiser for our art program. Every time you purchase an item featuring your young artist's masterpiece Artsonia gives back 20% of the purchase to us. So use this link and explore their wonderful products. I love them all!
Box tops are all over your pantry items and tissue boxes already. Please clip them and bring them to school. Every one is worth 10 cents. At Dryden, the Box top money helps Music, Art, and PE purchase special items for their program. You know what we would like to buy:) If you clip them nicely then Mr. Gries doesn't have to spend extra time trimming them before he mails them in. Thank you so much for all you do to help.
Below is an interactive image that tells the story of our iPads. Some have come from winning contests, writing grants, crowd funding, and fundraising.
Click or mouse over each iPad link to learn more.
I woke up this morning to a wonderful message in my email inbox:
"YOUR DONOR'S CHOOSE PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED!"
Thank you to the 17 donors who made this possible! These two additional iPads put our total art room iPad count at 22! This means when the iPads arrive we will able to do all class iPad projects with K-3rd grades!
(We are two short for our 4th and 5th graders).
This past week I tried to do a one day iPad project with a group of 4th graders without enough iPads. Some students were able to work independently but 8 of them had to double up. Who ever "went first" was able to complete their project while the one who graciously agreed to go second, didn't have enough time to finish. It was horrible to see 4 disappointed students leave the room when class was over simply because we were short on resources. The iPad is extremely fun to create on and to be excluded from the fun all around you is heartbreaking as well as a lost learning experience. I called those 4 students back into art class the following day during recess to give them a chance to have their turn to create. All of them happily traded recess for making art on iPads. I could tell they were relieved that I saw their plight. I DO see the plight and I am extremely motivated to do what I can to solve this problem. We need a 1:1 iPad to student ratio in the art room. That's the most logical solution for meaningful technology integration. It sounded like a HUGE mountain to climb, but with the talent of my students, the support of the Dryden community, and the MANY MANY supporters we have found online, our goal is within reach! View, click, and mouse over the interactive THINGLINK graphic below to learn about every iPad we won through contests, grants, and fundraising.
My iPad Workshop
On Friday I had the privilege to attend and present a workshop at the Illinois Computer Educator's (ICE) onference in St. Charles, IL. I did a hands on iPad workshop exploring creative ways to use iPads with any content. We had a larger than expected group because of another workshop cancellation, so it wasn't as intimate as I would have hoped. But, more the merrier when it comes to learning. IPEVO very graciously provided some items to raffle to the attendees. You can actually ask for the item we raffled during the month of March. Check it out and make your wish here.
Download my workshop handout here.
Find all the iPad lesson resources here.
See some tweets from our session from Jennifer here and here. And Jorge's here.
Photos from Sessions
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We're so close to our 1:1 Art Room iPad goal.
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