It just so happened that my district had the day off on the day that Plano Texas Independent School District had professional development planned on the topic of iPads. Talk about serendipity!
So, this gave me a chance to pop in to their meeting via Google Hangout and share a few thoughts on the transformational value of iPads in art education with a full room of art teachers.
Thank you to Laura Grundler and Tracy Evans for setting this up. Thanks to Matthew Grundler for the video. Thanks also to all who tweeted picts and kind messages. Have fun with those iPads!
A group of our 1st graders had the opportunity to share in a Skype conversation with Mr.Codilla's 3rd grade art class in Missouri. We tried to learn our similarities, differences, favorite art projects, and more. It was fun to meet new students from a different state using technology.
We were able to test out our iPEVO internet conference station for audio and iPevo camera so they could view our whole group. We saw their group projected up on our interactive board. I took some pictures and video. See them below.
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.
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.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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