Last year I was out of the swing of things since I had to take time off tohelp my husband in his recovery from a serious injury. He and I both went back to school this year and with that came my desire to present at the National Art Education Conference in Chicago. Fortunately, my district supported the entire art team when we expressed our interest in this amazing professional development opportunity.
iPad Animation iDeas
The last time I did an elementary carousel I had a cozy little group around my table for each rotation. This time it was a ridiculously large group. My 50 handouts ran out after my first two rotations so I posted them below.Use this link to my ever increasing collection of digital art lessons online to find each iPad animation idea numbered below.
I hope this doesn't look like bragging, but I wanted to create a visual that shows the awards I've won in my career. If you knew my story of how I struggled all my life with painful shyness and was almost fired my first year due very much to my inability to step into the role as leader in the classroom then you too would see this image as an encouragement. I started to bloom as a teacher as soon as I took a step outside of my classroom. The sunlight of community and water of encouragement helped me grow in the soil composed of students who keep me firmly grounded.
Presentations I attended
On Friday morning I woke up at 5am to commute again into the city hoping to arrive in time to catch Janine and Cassie present on Leaving a Legacy. Their presentation was so inspiring. I was particularly touched when I saw that Janine included two slides that gave me and my students a shout out. So honored! But, I must say the whole experience was sweetened by sitting next to Cathy Hunt from Australia. I've been following her for years online and was thrilled beyond belief to finally meet her face to face.
When I first learned that I won the AET Outstanding Community Service Award I was so grateful not only for recognition, which is wonderful, but for the opportunity to thank the people in my personal learning community who have done SO much to support me during my struggles following my husband's very serious injury. My speech attempted to explain how my view of community changed dramatically from a group I threw ideas into to a place that wrapped me in kindness then I was incapable of giving. Then kindly held my hand while I worked on getting back into the world again. I've learned so much about love and selflessness while on the receiving end from my community. I spoke specifically of the financial donations, the catered meals, the cards of encouragement that plastered the hospital walls, the continuous comments via Facebook of prayers for recovery, and the many hands that reached out to lighten my load with sub plans, attempts at including me in things without adding stress, and not giving up on me though I was out of the teaching world for an entire year. It was so wonderful to see so many of the friends who played such an important role in sustaining me through my hardships. How humbling that they chose to honor me when really THEY (you!) are the ones that should be honored, emulated, and applauded. My personal learning network taught me what true community means.
I am feeling very fortunate to have had a chance to be around educators again even for a short time. Now that I've been home on a medical leave to help Mr. Fuglestad, I hadn't been able to get out at all. Actually, this trip to the Illinois Art Education Conference in Lisle, Illinois was my first big outing since the accident thanks to the fact that it was a close drive and family graciously volunteered to help out at home. I am grateful that I was able to congratulate my friend and nominee Deyana Matt for winning Art Educator of the Year and see my student recognized for being one of only 40 artists to have a piece of art in the state-wide traveling art show.
While attending the conference I was able to reconnect with many friends who have been kind and supportive, sit in on some great sessions, and hear some inspirational keynote speeches.
Unfortunately I missed my own award ceremony in Indiana. I was awarded a Jacobs Educator Award however an overnight trip at this point in Mr. Fuglestad's recovery didn't seem wise. I hope to connect with them in the Spring. You can view my video submission for the award in this former post. I just saw that the date it was posted. It was only days before the accident that changed everything. But, the world keeps going, kids keep on growing, and thankfully bodies keep on healing. We hope to be back as soon as we can.
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.
We won a highly sought after and enormously important EduBro Award for The Best Recreation of a Lego Representation of the #artsed PLN!
Now that is REALLY something!
Take a look below to learn more about how amazing art teachers are joining forces online to make learning more vibrant, creative, and exciting for their students by sharing ideas, advice, and problem-solving together. Follow them on Twitter and join the conversation!
Our award is announced at 17:47 mark in the video above. But watch the whole video hosted by @thenerdyteacher and @tgwynn for lots of laughs and to learn about some more cool people to add to your PLN!
OUR PLN STORY: It all began on twitter when super art teachers began joining forces (we have a collaborative song too. Listen here) to create a wonderful virtual place to grow and share. One day, Stacy Lord made this picture representing a bunch of us using Lego people wearing the super shirts featuring our twitter handle purchased via ink pixie. We had a tweet up one morning during our National Art Education Conference and posed for the photo to recreate the lego recreation. I'm fuglefun (with the hat).
This is a growing network and many wonderful art teachers are not pictured here. Those who are pictured include: (top left) @spbivona @jean999 @stacy_lord @artladyHBK @iansands @noblemaiden15 (lower left) @greeneyegal @theresamcgee @smelvin @craigr @fuglefun @campbellartsoup (missing @artzi1 @tiedemania)
Now looking forward...
Artsonia has improved their site to include a student mode.
This means that I will be able to teach students to photograph their own art and upload it directly to their gallery on Artsonia. This works best on iPads since they are both cameras and computers. PLEASE consider helping us in our campaign to raise the money for enough iPads to complete our class set. We won two contests last year and put the winnings toward iPads. We also fundraised a few more so we currently have 12 iPads. We're HALF way there already! Go to Edbacker to give. Every little bit gets us closer to the goal of giving students 1:1 access to iPads in the art room. Every Dryden Student will thank you!
I just returned from a wonderfully energizing conference experience with thousands of art educators from around the country meeting for 4 days in Fort Worth, Texas. I loved the time I had with my Personal Learning Network (PLN) face to face. These are the people I learn from all year-round online through our social networks. All SIX of my presentations were with people I connect with online, three of which I had never met in person before! We decided ahead of time to buy this shirt from Inkpixie using our Twitter Handle and wear them as we gathered on Saturday for coffee. We posed together for this picture. (Our hands look funny because we are trying to imitate this picture that Stacy Lord made when she was being silly on a snow day.)
Technology Tools in Elementary Art
Theresa McGee, an elementary art teacher in Hinsdale, IL, and I traveled together to Texas. We rushed over to the conference as soon as we arrived 15 minutes before our first presentation where we took turns with two other art teachers including Jessica Balsley demonstrating how we use technology. I quickly demonstrated this iPad art lesson called, It's Not Christina's World Anymore, based on the painting, Christina's World. See the finished student art here.
Connected Art Educators: PLNs
Dr. Craig Roland, Prof. of Art Ed at Uof Fl, Dr. Elizabeth Delacruz (my former professor from U of I), Ian Sands, H.S. art teacher from Apex, NC, and I each took turns sharing how our online personal learning network has made a difference for our professional growth and has benefitted our students. I talked about three stories: Careers in Art, Doink Alien Animations, and IPEVO. It's too much to explain here, but trust me, they're great stories!
Western Region/Southeastern Region Elementary Art Teacher Showcase
This presentation was part of winning the Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year Award. I tried to sum up everything we do in 20 minutes. I used this video to preface the presentation and followed with a focus on how we use technology in our art room. I explain it better in this online presentation. The other presenter was Jennifer Johnson Keith of Louisiana who shared about her wonderful program in 20 minutes as well. It is hard to condense a career full of stories into 20 mins.
Artsonia-Online Digital Art Gallery
This is the 5th year I've been able to present on using Artsonia as a tool to create a digital portfolio with my students. Our presentation has grown and evolved over the years as the company has improved and changed to make their service better and better for art teachers and their students. The CEO and President of the company joined Susan, Theresa, and I to help answer questions from the attendees and hear their concerns and questions about the process of getting started. Learn more here.
iPads in Art (Part Two)
This session was a continuation of the session that Suzanne Tiedemann and I (Theresa Gillespie was with us in spirit) did last year to a standing room only group. We thought that since the room was so small we should offer it again so those who really wanted to learn about creating art on iPads can get a chance. Luckily they gave us a larger room where all 150 or so attendees could each find a seat. This year Theresa Gillespie joined me (Suzanne was with us in spirit) as we presented about the top three projects we successfully accomplished with our students. You can learn more from my page, Theresa's page, and this page made jointly by Suzanne and me.
Lights, Camera, Learning!
with Fugleflicks and Campbellartsoup
I was so excited to share about making movies to teach art concepts with Janine Campbell. We had been learning from each other for years online and finally met as we shared our different approaches to student created art related movie making. Learn more about Janine's program here. View our Fugleflicks index here.
Receiving my Award
On March 7th I received the Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2013 Award from the National Art Education Association. My nominator was Samantha Melvin of Texas who was the National Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 2012. It is such an honor to be recognized at this level for doing the job that I love. Thank you PLN for making me a better teacher!
Read this story about the THREE Illinois Art Educators recognized at the National Art Education Conference.
MY take on this trip
When I saw this photo taken by Jennifer at the showcase presentation that we shared, I had a WOW moment as I looked at a relaxed and confident person happily talking to a large crowd of people at a national conference. You may not know my journey, but here is a hint: I was so painfully shy growing up and into my adult years that I had to come home from college after two weeks because I was too afraid to go into the cafeteria for my meals.
Thank you to all the people over the years who gently held my hand and helped me grow.
If I didn't have the best students, working in a an awesome school, within a district that values our art program, I wouldn't have this news to share...
I am receiving a regional National Art Education Award. The map to the left shows the western region in dark blue. There are winners in all divisions (Elementary, Middle, Secondary, etc) in each region. I won for Elementary Art within the Western Region.
Thank you Students, Dryden Staff, District 25, and my Personal Learning Network for giving me the tools, support, training, inspiration, motivation and freedom to make this an award-winning art program! ~Mrs. Fuglestad
So honored to be among the winners of and Edubros Award which is definitely the silliest education award out there (or is that their or they're) Click on the link and you'll understand. But, first I have to warn you, they misspelled my twitter name. It is really FUGLEFUN. Just look at what they called me. (Please, don't make this a new nickname).
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
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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