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.
My Visual Notes can be played back like a movie since I drew them in (the old) Brushes App
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers who made the award-winning video, Allow us to Illustrate, had an opportunity to share their learning and creativity with the community at the district's TEACHnology fair earlier this month.
View their movie here.
Behind the scenes here.
Learn about their award.
We have a large and ever growing collection of Fugleflicks, Student-Created Art-Related movies made by kids for kids about art.
Over the summer I started a Fugleflick QR code book that has 18 of our favorite movies. The pages have a graphic title, pictures from the book, description of the movie, learning objective AND most importantly, a QR code leading directly to the movie on vimeo. Learn more about the SCAN-VIEW-LEARN book and how you can get it for your art room from this post.
Today I realized that I had everything I needed (finally) to let my students have a chance to scan, view, and learn from our book. Here is what I needed to make this work:
I wrote and received an Illinois Computer Educator professional development grant to attend MACUL, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Conference, in Grand Rapids, MI. I put in a proposal to present with my friend Janine Campbell, middle school art teacher from Byron Center, MI, and we were accepted! It was an honor to have our presentation accepted at a conference of over 3,500 attendees. We presented on student created movies to teach curriculum. I met some of my Twitter PLN face to face including @karlyb @jesscrandell @thenerdyteacher @rushtonh @gcouros There were many more I follow that I didn't get to connect with (or only briefly) and many more I hope to connect with from now on. On Friday's opening session, I tried visual note taking and shared my drawing on Twitter. It was retweeted a bunch of times. It's funny how twitter can make you feel like you're connected even when the crowd is huge and you know so few people. Below is my #viznote drawn in the Brushes App.
But wait, there's more. I saw this keynote at ICE two weeks ago & wrote this reflection.
Janine and I have been making movies with our students for years. She shared her perspective and strategies as a middle school teacher and I shared mine as an elementary school teacher. If you want to learn more, we have our presentations online:
View Janine's here ---View Tricia's here
or attend our presentation at the NAEA conference in San Diego to learn from us in person. One thing George Couros suggested in his Teachers on Twitter session is that you should make a Storify of your tweets of the feedback you receive on your presentation. Janine and I encouraged our crowd to tweet something they learned from our session and awarded an @iPevo product to the first person to tweet out first on our behalf. Congrats again to Jessica for winning the iPevo wireless keyboard and case!
I received this message today from NextVista.org
The judging is done, and the votes have been counted!
Our winners are:
Student Strand: The Breathing System
Teacher Strand: Crosswalk
Collaboration Strand: Allow Us to Illustrate
Congratulations to our 10 Fugleflick Filmmakers!
This movie combines drawings, animations, and live video all on the iPad using Sketchbook Express, DoInk Animation App, and the Green Screen App by DoInk.
Students spent 2 1/2 months creating every aspect of this original musical. View it below.
Look at the behind the scenes photos and learn how to "get the gear" here.
View this story on the Arlington Heights Patch here.
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.
"New technologies are transforming how artists make and market their work, but they aren't changing its content. These new tools are being used to deal with age-old human emotions, questions and dilemmas. Digital art really isn't all that different from its analog versions, since it's still about telling stories and examining what it means to be human."
My contribution to this article from Tech News World is on the topic of teaching a new generation.
Read the story here or browse my excerpt below:
"I use technology in art instruction and art production with all my k-5 population," said art instructor Tricia Fuglestad, who incorporates a variety of digital technologies into her lesson plans at Dryden Elementary School."We explore art concepts digitally through interactive lessons on the interactive board, and we use our green screen and video-editing tools to make Fugleflicks, [which are] student-created, art-related movies," she told TechNewsWorld.
Video-editing and sharing technologies have become central to art education for Fuglestad, and she says they give her students new and unique ways of expressing themselves and communicating.
"Because of my access to technology, I can open up new opportunities for my students to extend and enhance their learning," said Fuglestad. "I've been able to connect my students to authentic audiences [and] give them art-making opportunities like animation moviemaking and graphic design that would otherwise be inaccessible."
I shared three main ideas: Teaching digitally, Creating Movies, and transforming learning with new technologies such as the iPad. Here are some posts that will help you explore what I am referring to in more depth.
Here is a two minute peek at what we do in our art room at Dryden.
Warning: You may catch the Fuglevision (it's very contagious and there is no cure)
After two and 1/2 months of singing, storyboarding, animating, filming and editing
we are finally ready to release our long awaited for and completely amazing new Fugleflick, "Allow us to Illustrate". These 10 filmmakers took on the challenge of explaining the importance of illustrations and their connection to literacy in this upbeat and entertaining short video. This group was a part of beta testing the new Green Screen app by DOINK. They planned the film to fully harness the power of this amazing app as they drew illustrations in the DOINK animation app and backgrounds in sketchbook express to layer all together with live footage filmed before our classroom green screen. It's amazing how simple it was for students to interact with their art and animation via this app. Watch the final movie below. They also have a karaoke page where you can sing along with the music and lyrics.
Filmmaking is a wonderful exercise in collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity.
Watch the behind the scenes video to get a glimpse of the work that went into this production. You can learn more about making Fugleflicks by watching my K12 Online presentation here as well.
Don't forget that you can celebrate this film by getting the gear via our online art gallery on Artsonia. Every purchase gives back to our classroom.
We are currently trying to raise money for a 1:1 iPad art room.
If you rather donate to our iPad campaign directly please use this link to our Donor's Choose project. Thank you!
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,
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