Five young animators met with me on Monday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Sophie, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. She and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into fairies that fly across the flower garden using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
Andrew McCormick, one of the hosts of the Art of Ed Radio program, interviewed me on how we incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) into our art program at Dryden Elementary. We chatted for about 20 minutes.
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We are so excited to announce that our fifth grade Dryden artists are entering the
White House Film Festival! We have been working on this video since early December when we first learned of this opportunity. The video shows how our fifth graders have been using technology for art production and art instruction in our classroom from kindergarten through present. We were able to base the video on the presentation that a group of them gave while in 4th grade to pre-service art teachers in Montreal, Canada via Skype. View that event here. We had 29 students volunteer to work on this video during their lunch recesses. They were each assigned a segment with a rhyming verse to memorize. The segments were customized to each actor as much as possible showing video or stills of them or their artwork. Every segment was exported as a video clip and brought into the iPad to use as the background image in the DoInk Green Screen app. They stood before our classroom green screen and recorded their portion while the app magically replaced the green with their custom backgrounds. We learned quickly not to wear green on recording day. We also tried to adhere to the guidelines of the film festival and not show any 3rd party images or logos. Wearing a smock was the logical solution to cover them up. We had the whole film finished a week before winter break. When we went to edit it we realized that the audio was very poor. Our iPad microphone wasn't able to capture audio well enough to use the clips. The audio was so low that there was absolutely nothing my software could do to fix it. I tried all the tricks I knew. So I bought a microphone adaptor for the iPad so we could use the lapel mic that the art room already owned and filmed it all over again. This was a lesson in trying our best, being persistent, and having a good attitude. Our fifth graders passed this test with flying colors. See our video below.
We used our newest form of movie-making to create this video. In the fall we were asked to helpBeta Test the new Green Screen app from DoInk. The app automatically creates a chroma key effect in the iPad. This app allowed us to show in the background of each segment the technology tools or techniques the students were describing. We uploaded all our background segments to the dropbox and pulled them into the camera roll as needed. Then imported them to the app. It's an extremely easy app to use and creates such immediately magical results. The only issue was our audio. Below you can compare the audio without the external microphone and with the use of the external microphone. I could raise the volume of the later without static or distortion.
How do you describe 20 years of teaching, a couple thousand students, and hundreds of lessons in 2 minutes or less? Not sure. Below is my attempt. I'm blinded by what it omits, but hopefully it includes enough to give you a quick view of what we do here at Dryden.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 25th 7pm Central Time and join me and other special areas teacher in Music, PE and Art in this month's Intel Teach Live Webinar
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You can listen to the FULL presentation online here.
**UPDATE: I did get through my presentation, but my slides kept crashing so it took three attempts. So sorry for the mess that made:) I posted my resources on the thread: http://engage.intel.com/message/93156.
I was invited to Keynote at the USSEA conference in Indianapolis, IN.
I was surrounded with some of the greatest minds in Art Education: (Enid Zimmerman, Marjorie Manifold, Elizabeth Delacruz, Juan Carlos Castro) Professors of preservice Art Educators, Doctoral students, Researchers, innovators, thinkers, and ...then me?!?
I was distracted by the flow of polysyllabic words during the presentations but loved the challenge to dust off the cobwebs a bit and join in the conversations. I'm on the front lines as a K-5 art educator putting theory into practice amongst the constraints of curriculum, schedules, resources, management, and time.
What I had to share was my technology rich and connected classroom at Dryden.
I shared my stories of how my students have had authentic audiences because of our connectedness.
My students have made literature inspired art projects and then connected with their authors online.
My students have made art that was shown on websites, textbooks, 30ft LED screens in NYC, on TV, and shown in children's museums around the country.
My students have made Fugleflicks (student-created, art-related videos) that have screened at local, national, and international venues.
My students have connected with app developers as they use their apps on ipads.
My students have won recognition for their artwork in state and national exhibits.
My students continue to wow me with their high levels of motivation, effort, and achievement.
My students have taught me to TRY MY BEST as an art teacher.
Dryden art teacher unites art, technology
The halls of Dryden Elementary are like the walls of a mini art museum, filled with Lima bean monsters, spoofs of Rene Magritte’s “The Son of Man” and a massive tile mosaic of student artwork.
Art teacher Tricia Fuglestad is making her mark on Dryden – one wall at a time – but she’s also making one internationally with her forward-thinking use of technology in the art classroom.
Read the whole article from Tribune reporter Michelle Stoffel at this link.
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View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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