Students will be listening to books and focusing on their illustrations this week at every K-5 grade level. Illustrations are the drawings inside the books that help you understand the meaning of the stories, visualize the text, and give you a peek into the author's mind.
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.
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.
View the finished movie, Allow us to Illustrate here or below.
I decided to create an image that I could upload to Artsonia to have made into a gift for my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary this summer. I drew this illustration using the Procreate app and a bamboo stylus. The app records the drawing process so you can see all the changes, revisions, and choices I made along the way. For example, we both wear glasses but I erased them. Who needs glasses at that distance?
Speaking of illustrations, have you seen the award winning Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate"? View it here.
"Not everything that matters is measurable"
What have you learned in your time at school that isn't reflected in a test? Did you learn to share your art supplies, take a moment to compliment a classmate, let a friend go first, help a lost kindergartner find their classroom?
What talents do you have that were not tested? Are you a gymnast, a dancer, a basketball player, a swimmer, a musician, a filmmaker, a puzzle worker?
What have you learned about your role in the community? Do you volunteer, do you pick up litter, do you protect animals, do you conserve resources?What about you has grown that a test can't measure? Your artistic abilities, your confidence, your self-esteem, your humor, your courage, your kindness?
All of you matters…and some of the best parts of you are unmeasurable. Here are some examples of wonderful successes that were not measured on a test that I witnessed.
The learning that happens in an art room matters. Look at these spontaneous moments captured through vine video showing creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving all of which are valued in society and the workplace. The art room is a learning lab for life skills yet it should not all be measured with data. It needs to be experienced with joy!
If we can't measure it in school do we still value it? What we prioritize for children communicates value to them. If we take away the unmeasurable things in their education we are depriving them of the beauty, color, richness of life like removing all the illustrations from a book. Speaking of illustrations, view this award-winning video created by my student filmmakers and see why arts education is so vital to children.
What an amazing journey our Fugleflick Filmmakers have had with their award-winning movie, "Allow us to Illustrate". Last night they were invited to screen their film alongside other young filmmakers at the Schaumburg Team Screen Test Film Fest. Five of the 10 filmmakers were able to attend this event where filmmakers are invited on stage to introduce their movie, screen it before a live audience, and then come back up again to discuss the filmmaking process and field questions from the audience. Our students were SO impressive as they shared their experience of beta-testing, animating, and creating.
Allow us to illustrate was originally released in November of 2013 (see the original blog post here). Since then the filmmakers have enjoyed many successes!
1. It won the Cool Designs Contest in February 2014.
2. Filmmakers presented their movie and how it was made at the TEACHnology district fair.
3.It screened at the Extremely Young Film Festival in Texas in March 2014.
4. In April 2014 the film won VIDEO OF THE YEAR through Nextvista.org
5. Allow us to Illustrate was invited to enter two more festivals. (Acceptance is pending).
On May 19th our filmmakers celebrated their achievement with a Pizza Party from the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. The girls enjoyed a wonderful lunch while watching their film, behind the scenes video, and a host of other video shorts to entertain them. Thank you!
Ten 5th grade Fugleflick Filmmakers will see their (already award-winning) movie "Allow us to Illustrate" that touts the benefits of illustrations for visual literacy and understanding text screen before a live audience tonight at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. This movie was created as students beta-tested the Green Screen app by DoInk. They combined drawn art, animation, and live video into one entertaining and informative fugleflick that we will treasure as a resource for all our students for years to come.
Allow us to Illustrate!!!! (for collaborations)
Here is the message I received today announcing the great news!
Tonight was our annual Awards Night, and the audience at the Krause Center for Innovation watched and then voted upon the finalists for Videos of the Year.
Many congratulations to everyone in this mailing for making it this far, and you can see the winners of the student, collaboration, and teacher strands here:
We hope you will continue to be involved with Next Vista, and that you have videos ready or nearly so for our current contest, Super Thoughts!
We just learned that we have two Fugleflick winning movies in the running for the Next Vista for Learning Video of the Year honors. They will be shown at the Awards Night this Sunday at the Krause Center for Innovation in Los Altos Hills, California, and the audience will choose the winners in each category. Cross your fingers for Allow us to Illustrate and the Musical Tutorial of Audioboo. Click the links below to watch all the finalists in these contests. Watch our two finalist videos embedded below.
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