I spent my first day of Spring Break in West Bloomfield, Michigan working with a lovely group of teachers on iPad creation and STEAM ideas for fine arts and technology. All my lesson ideas are on this growing smore flyer. There are over 185 so far so I use a numbering system to refer to them as in my handout for the workshop below:
I was asked to do an iPad workshop for the art teachers of District 47 in Crystal Lake today. I was able to show them a bunch of creative ways to make art with their students digitally to explore concepts differently and demonstrate understanding dynamically. (The numbers on the sheet refer to my 175 STEAM art ideas found here.)
I was thinking about the school year during my first week of summer and realized we had a very winning year….or I just enter my students into a ton of contests until our odds are really good to win something. I also personally entered a bunch of contests, raffles, and giveaways through out the year to win more resources for my students.
One of the contests I entered was an art contest to design the cover for an education conference hosted by the college I took a professional development class with back in January. They wanted an image that matched the conference theme for the Educational Paradigms Conference: Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Assessment, Leadership for Student Success.
My art was selected! (Yeah!) I used images from my students actively engaged in different learning settings to communicate the theme. I drew the art on the iPad using an app called Procreate. It is a bizzillion layers and took me many sessions to complete. As I was creating I was reflecting on how perfect an art room can be for giving students a chance to explore 21st century skills. I put this 1-minute video together to show how this image was made and the photos of my students used for inspiration.
I had a wonderful time at EdCamp Chicago on Saturday. I really loved the way you can discuss what is important for you today in an organic and collaborative way. I met a whole new crowd of educators who were passionate, smart, and very helpful as we grappled with adding creativity to our curriculum, portfolio management, maker ideas, and their implications for the art room. I tried to capture what I learned in this Storify so I can go back and view it again. Our day was organized with this google doc that has links to our resources from each session. What a treasure from the collective brain.
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.
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