The fourth graders recorded their presentation about all the ways they use technology in art class here at Dryden via Audioboo on our last day of school. This presentation was originally shared through a Skype conversation with pre-service art educators studying in Montreal, Canada this past fall. Learn more about that day here.
On Oct. 24th, my 4th graders in Mrs. Bernert's had the pleasure of participating in a Skype call with Prof. Juan Carlos Castro's pre-service art education students studying at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada about how we use technology in art class for instruction and art production. My students prepared a presentation, answered questions, and asked some in return. We had a wonderful time and learned so much. See my post about our Skype call including video, still pictures, and a slideshow presentation/transcript of what my students shared.
This week a care package arrived from our new friends in Canada. They very kindly assembled their comments in a lovely letter and put together memorabilia for us.
I included a few snippets from the letter below.
I was so touched to open the package and find notes for my administrators, Mrs. Bernert, the homeroom teacher of the class that Skyped with the Concordia University students, and enough keepsakes to share with everyone!
In this picture I'm dividing up the goodies into bags so that each student can have a handmade bookmark with real Canadian leaves, a fancy pen, and a paper pad. The other items were shared with everyone on the display board above.
My fourth grade students had a Skype talk with Prof. Juan Carlos Castro's pre-service art educators in Montreal, Canada studying at Concordia University. They gave a presentation on how they have used technology in art throughout their years at Dryden. Each student presented one slide and glowed in the polite applause of their audience in Canada (that was so sweet.) Then they lined up to answer questions and later ask questions. We all learned so much!
The students had written what they wanted to say for each slide and read it at the computer. What a great experience for our students. How often do you get to practice public speaking to an international audience in 4th grade? Immediately below is the transcript and below that is the slideshow.
My 4th graders in Mrs. Bernert's class are going to participate in a SKYPE show and tell and Q& A next week with pre-service art educators studying under Prof. Juan Carlos Castro at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Each student will have one slide in our show and tell slideshow of how they have used technology in art during their time at Dryden. Each slide shows something they have experienced over the years.
Today each student wrote what they wanted to share and practiced coming up to the computer to speak their part. I took this screen shot during our rehearsal. We are looking forward to sharing our art experiences with others and learning about life in Canada and what differences and similarities there may be.
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.