Today was the day! I've been watching for this for a long time now. It's the day I hit One Million pageviews on my website in one year.
That big day back in early fall (with 40K views in one day -??? don't know what that was about) tipped the scales I'm sure. My blogging goal is to share what I've developed for my students hoping it sparks ideas to enrich learning for you and your students in some way.
Thanks so much for viewing/reading my art education technology infused blog. It's very motivating to share when I see that others are looking! ~ Mrs. Tricia Fuglestad
Students combine literacy, Science, Art, and Technology as they play Scrabble with the Periodic Table of Elements.
As I looked at the table to see if I could make words I found that I wanted to write, circle, and see all the choices at once. So I created a template for just this purpose. Download the template into your camera roll and import it into the Skitch app where you can annotate over the image. When I had a word I used Keynote to make boxes and fill them with text, numbers, and colors. Once I had one word finished, I copied the format and kept playing. Here is my Keynote Template for three and four element words. Here are some things I created using my template. I tried using images, gradients, and solid colors in the boxes. Not all options are available on the iPad version of Keynote.
I ran some of the images through CustomInk's site to see what they would look like if they were printed on a mug, hat, or t-shirt. They give you the option of deleting the background color (see the hat) which makes the font turn the color of the fabric.
UPDATE: I just received an email this morning congratulating us for being in the top 20 of this nationwide contest for BIG prizes. Your help with voting this past month put us in the finalist round! Thank you.
Judges will review the top 2o entries and determine in January who will win prizes valued up to $15,000 for their schools. Stay tuned :)
I made a video of one of our most innovative class projects and entered it into the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom Contest. We are hoping to win prizes for our school and you can help by voting daily from now until November 30th. The top 20 videos will then be judged by a panel to determine who wins prizes valued up to $15K. Here is more info from my original post of our Green Screen Stop Motion Station animation project where students demonstrated movement over their art. This project was funded by a grant received through ABC/25 foundation.
To sign up for a simple text or email notification daily with a link to the voting page please join my REMIND group here:
Update: Unfortunately we did not win. Thank you for all your votes of support!
My fifth graders are currently working on robots that will light up with a paper circuit designed to have a button in the robot design that closes the circuit. The other day I saw the latest cover of Newsweek magazine. It featured a couple of robots in an American Gothic Parody. My idea, though different, was inspired by this image and by my students' desire to explain all the cool things their robot "does". I thought they could share these ideas in a Newsweek Cover format and learn some graphic design tricks at the same time.
I also tried adding both the text and image using Keynote. I made template with the Newsweek background and text boxes already formatted ready for their own customization.
This lesson is a combination of our Paper Circuit Robot project and our Newsweek Cover Project. Both have their own post with tons of resources. Check them out below.
UPDATE: Student's art gallery
View the finished work as we complete it in THIS Artsonia exhibit.
The book uses Augmented Reality to allow readers to access the media on a mobile device with an AR app. They use one of our project to demonstrate how it works. I made a video of the process above.
Blend Mode in Superimpose
if you want to see how to create a silhouette using superimpose app, you can view this post and tutorial. The shadow is now an option found when you go to save your work. http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/iexpress-on-the-ipad
Students were encouraged to do a random act of kindness by writing a compliment to another Dryden Artist on Artsonia. We found an older or younger student's art and wrote them a kind message about their artwork. Not only were students showing bacon behavior by doing this, they were also practicing digital citizenship.
Being kind online is a great way to practice Bacon Behavior. See ourFugleflick about how to use the internet for good.
FUGLEFLICKS are our Art-Related, Student-Created entertaining videos made by kids for kids to teach something about art. We've been making them for over 10 years now and our collection is growing all the time. Sometimes I show a Fugleflick alongside my lessons to introduce a concept or reinforce a skill but this week we are kicking back by the roaring fire and enjoying a Fugleflick Film Festival on our class set of iPads.
The other project that the book shares is our stop motion green screen animation project where 4th graders animated over their action figure paintings to show Movement over movement. This project also happens to be a finalist in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curious Classroom contest as well.
I was also able to contribute a small example of how using google hangouts can make professional development much more accessible. Here is a recording of my online PD for art teachers via Education Closet. I walk teachers through the steps of making art on their iPads using one free app, Sketchbook Express.
One of the ways I integrate iPads into the art room is by extending learning experiences digitally. Students worked on an observational drawing from a booklet of choices to create a black and white sketch of a person on paper. They listened to a very entertaining biography of the life and work of Andy Warhol (an artist famous for his POP ART) as they sketched. The next class period we used his inspiration to turn our sketches in digital art pop art designs.
Not only were students able to learn to photograph their artwork during this lesson extension, they were able to understand in a more dynamic way what contrast means.
We used the contrast and brightness adjustments in the superimpose app to magically make the pencil lines and greys of the paper disappear leaving a beautiful clean black and white image. We uploaded the black and white image into this exhibit on Artsonia. Then we use the pop art filter and uploaded the results to this exhibit on Artsonia.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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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