The 2012 International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)/United States Society for Education through art (USSEA) Conference, Education through Art: Teaching for Global Understanding & Engagement will be held in Indianapolis Indiana from June 23rd -26th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. I will be a keynote speaker on Monday, June 25th. Learn more about the conference here. Download the schedule here.
This week I spent some time doing professional development for art teachers in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana (which is very exciting- and very new to me). But, nothing is more exciting than knowing that what you share had an impact in some way. When I returned home I found a picture in my inbox from art teacher, Sarah David in Downers Grove, Il. She shared our Fugleflick video, The Glue Blues, with her students. Now she has decorated glue bottles that all have closed lids even after students used them! Yeah! No more glue blues!
See the video here:
I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in some professional development sessions lately. Beth Breaux ( @drydentech )and I (@fuglefun ) had a video Skyping session with the art teachers, technology people, and administrators of a St. Louis, MO K-8 school district on Nov. 2nd after school to discuss iPads in the Art Room. I was able to share my screen and demo using the dropbox and brushes apps and shared some tips for managing images and artist statements on Artsonia. (I was able to do this because I had a technology buddy practice skyping with me where we played with a bunch of options and in the software until I felt comfortable, (Thanks Carol Broos @musictechie )
Beth was able to explain the networking and management challenges of our 100 iPads.
Here is a screen shot from our talk:
Then on Thursday I was able to participate in Downers Grove School District #58's "Transformative Learning Experiences" technology professional development day.
I presented mainly to the art teachers a whole slew of things. But, since the group was small we had a chance to test out equipment, ask lots of questions, figure out how what I was showing them could be used right away in their classrooms and what things were to come in the future. I loved this experience and felt like I made some friends:) Here is a picture of art teacher Jon Belonia testing the Bluetooth pressure sensitive Wacom tablet in the free MAC app Sketchbook Express.