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Compare-a-Twist allows the teacher to set up a compare and/or contrast review game on any topic. Students drag the text or image to the correct side of the screen. Animations give immediate feedback to learners. Teachers can save their games and share them via google docs. Ideas: Sort primary/secondary colors Sort warm/cool colors. Sort images by genre.
Make a Monster App
Create a Monster App
Ideas: as students are individually sketching ideas for an upcoming art design, pass the ipad around the room and have each contribute to a class design. Watch it build on the screen through the projector.
Art Puzzles: Sliding Slices
Find an art puzzle that relates to the art subject or artist that your art project is based on. Let each student make one move until it's solved. Keep track of how many moves it takes to solve and see if they can beat other classes' scores.
You can make your own quizzes in Educreations or use a pre-made interactive quiz from the art section of BrainPop App.
Idea: pass the ipad from one group to the next giving them the first chance at getting the correct answer.
Find an ebook that ties in nicely with what you're learning in art class. We made monsters from shapes . When finished I had student's take turns turning the page in There is a Monster at the End of this Book
starring Groover. We used a Finding Nemo interactive puzzle book to accompany our monochromatic fish lesson too.
Don't forget that an ipad is a video camera and still camera too.
Photograph and upload art with the
Use Evernote to collect images
Use Dropbox app to collect images
Let your ipad roam!
Mirror your ipad through your projector wirelessly with
Reflector 2 App
Or use Quicktime (see this post)
Then pass the ipad around the room.
No wifi? You can create a closed network and still mirror your ipad with a laptop hooked up to a projector.
Take a moment to see our 2013-14 Dryden Art year in review video featuring tons of Fuglefun through out the school year with every grade level, K-5.
Keep stopping back (or subscribe to the fugleblog). I plan to share my discoveries, news, and art-related fun stuff here over the summer.
Sometimes I feel like I post/publish things and they go out into "nowhereland" never to be read or seen by others. Sometimes that's very freeing. I enjoy the sound of crickets. Other times I get a response, like a faint echo, which assures me I'm not alone. Today I received this tweet from @kelli_Cody reminding me that what I share is (at least sometimes) read. Thank you! She wrote this blog post listing 11 random facts about herself, a list a bloggers she follows, and questions for them.
Questions for me from Sporadic Squiggles:
1. What is one thing you do that you would not change for anyone?
I've been asked to change a lot of things for lots of good reasons-this one stumped me.
2. How often do you check your email?
sometimes that's all I do...
3. Where do you find inspiration?
everywhere…I like to connect the dots from whatever I take in
4. What is your comfort food of choice?
noodles, any and every kind.
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
ancestry.com is addicting. I can get lost in the past for days on end.
6. How do you relieve stress/let off steam?
7. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
I try for 9 but end up with 8 usually
8. Where is your happy place?
next to the fireplace in the winter, on the screened porch in the summer
9. Rule follower or breaker?
10.If you could be one age again, what would it be?
I think I might want to try 7 again.
11.How did you start blogging?
to share what's going on in my classroom
I have been honored with the opportunity to blog via NAEA's Monthly Mentor site for the month of December.
My First Blog Post:
You've got Chocolate in my Peanut Butter! Teaching Transliteracy
I write about teaching transliteracy with students where they are encouraged to combine their understanding of writing, visual art, music, drama, and media in their creations. I share a presentation from Carol Broos and my own thoughts as well. You can also take a peek at the old commercial for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. (Not just because it's an awesome commercial-it does relate to the topic-though who really walks down a sidewalk with an open jar of peanut butter?)
Blog post #2
Allow us to Illustrate: Transliteracy in Action
In this blog post I describe the multi-disciplinary steps my students went through to create a fun, informative, and entertaining video to teach an audience of children the importance of Illustrations.
Blog post #3
Transforming Student Learning with Technology in Art
In this blog post I share a specific example of using iPads with my 2nd graders that allowed me to teach content beyond anything I could teach before.
Blog pot #4
Educate to Innovate
If we can simply maintain the culture of creativity and innovation found in our elementary art classrooms throughout a child’s career in education, then we wouldn’t need to have this conversation about how to change education to create the innovators of our future. See what I learned from this Washington DC workshop.
Thank you so much for taking the time to find out what amazing things are happening in Dryden's Art program.
We are currently trying to raise money for a class set of iPads for the art room.
We are HALF WAY THERE thanks to fundraisers, grants, and contest winnings.
Please make a tax deductable donation to either one of our fundraisers:
THIS ONE or THIS ONE.
Your children and I thank you!
Listen to Alek explain why we need them and Lexi's and other 5th grds message of thanks.
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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.
Update: Thank you so much for your votes of support! The Fugleblog came in 10th place in this national contest (or was it international?) Either way, it's pretty amazing!
View the other winners and finalists on the Art of Education blog here.
This blog (The FUGLEBLOG) was nominated and chosen as a finalist along with 19 other art education blogs for the title "Blog of the Year 2012".
If you are a regular reader, Dryden parent, or an art education supporter, please take a look at the list of finalists and take a second to vote. You can vote for as many as you like (which is good, because there are so many wonderful blogs included). The top ten blogs will receive recognition. Thanks for taking the time to vote and as always, thanks for supporting art education!
I was given the honor of writing posts for the National Art Education Blog during the month of September. They call this role, The Monthly Mentor. I just submitted my last post and collected them all here for you to peek at if you have a minute. My Fugleblog isn't very wordy, so if you want to read my thoughts on Who Owns the Learning, Putting STEAM into STEM, Creating on iPads, and CREATE: the highest level of thinking use the links below.
Who Owns the Learning?
What does this mean for me as an elementary art teacher? Sure, I want my students to be invested in the learning, to get enthusiastic about art, and take pride in their work. But, even if I see evidence of this already, I’m sure there is plenty more I can do to help my students Own Their Learning.
See some strategies I want to implement this year.
Putting STEAM in STEM
You may have heard about a push in this nation for schools to strengthen their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs to make US students score higher in these subjects on international standardized tests. But true innovation began with creative thinkers and artists.
Creating on iPads
At the beginning of last school year I was told that my school building had begged, borrowed, and bargained for enough iPads for a grade-level set (about 100) and that they would rotate through the school for one month per grade level.
I had to figure out a plan.
Read about it here.
CREATE: The Highest Level of Thinking
The art room is a place where students are challenged to use their highest level of thinking skills to creatively problem-solve and effectively communicate ideas. Watch a video explaining my thoughts on creativity and a creative video advocating for art.
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