We've dreamt it, we planned it, we were granted what we needed for it, we played and now we have created something wonderful!
Last fall I wrote an ABC/25 Foundation grant through my district for the supplies for Green Screen Stop-Motion Animation Stations. My ideas for what to purchase evolved a bit with more research to include green display board from BLICK and iPad stands from Anker. We will have two stages of production.
This movie-making experience is an extension project for the 4th graders. They made action figure paintings (download lesson plan from TpT here) which showed movement. Now they will layer this animation over their art to demonstrate this concept digitally. The stages of production are below:
The idea to assign roles with buttons came from Nic Hahn's post here. I thought it would save time to use role descriptions on the buttons so with some production tips. This way there would be less of me talking about roles and and more time for students to create within them. I purchased a fiskar circle cutter and plastic button kits to make these. Here is the PDF I made for the buttons.
I wrote up this lesson plan with all the resources, apps, equipment, and steps needed to complete a stop motion animation using green screen layered over original student art. Make sure that you view the sample video to see how cool this project can be.
Download the green screen stop motion lesson from TpT here.
You can also download the figure drawing painting ppt lesson from TpT here.
UPDATE: View the post with finished student videos here.
Thanks to our ABC/25 grant and supplemental funding from Edbacker.com we have a reusable collaborative lego wall. Last year's rotational symmetry challenge was so engaging and fun that we wrote it up for School Arts Magazine. See it here.
This year's challenge will be both fun and informative. Students will be recreating the faces of four important figures from our history while learning more about the important role African Americans have played in shaping the arts, civics, sports, and politics for everyone in the United States. We hope to use this PBSkids interactive game to match faces to events. See how you do at this game.
Unfortunately, it requires Flash and doesn't work on mobile devices.
I used an app called PhotoBricks to create a custom LEGO mosaic that matches the size, number of plates, and color schemes we have available in the art room. Then, I uploaded the images I made to Blockposters.com so I can print them out as guides (see example).
BrainPop: Underground Railroad (requires password)
BrainPop: Martin Luther King Jr. (free)
BrainPop: Jackie Robinson (requires password)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (video by ArtGirlJan)
BrainPop: Fredrick Douglass (requires password)
BrainPop: Black History Spotlight (many choices-need password)
PBS video about LEGO ART (free-5:45 minutes)
Download the MLKjr Lego Mural Lesson
See us at work here:
Update May 12th: Added Oprah!
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 woke up this morning to a wonderful message in my email inbox:
"YOUR DONOR'S CHOOSE PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED!"
Thank you to the 17 donors who made this possible! These two additional iPads put our total art room iPad count at 22! This means when the iPads arrive we will able to do all class iPad projects with K-3rd grades!
(We are two short for our 4th and 5th graders).
This past week I tried to do a one day iPad project with a group of 4th graders without enough iPads. Some students were able to work independently but 8 of them had to double up. Who ever "went first" was able to complete their project while the one who graciously agreed to go second, didn't have enough time to finish. It was horrible to see 4 disappointed students leave the room when class was over simply because we were short on resources. The iPad is extremely fun to create on and to be excluded from the fun all around you is heartbreaking as well as a lost learning experience. I called those 4 students back into art class the following day during recess to give them a chance to have their turn to create. All of them happily traded recess for making art on iPads. I could tell they were relieved that I saw their plight. I DO see the plight and I am extremely motivated to do what I can to solve this problem. We need a 1:1 iPad to student ratio in the art room. That's the most logical solution for meaningful technology integration. It sounded like a HUGE mountain to climb, but with the talent of my students, the support of the Dryden community, and the MANY MANY supporters we have found online, our goal is within reach! View, click, and mouse over the interactive THINGLINK graphic below to learn about every iPad we won through contests, grants, and fundraising.
YEAH! We are TWO IPADS CLOSER now to our 1:1 iPad Art Room DREAM thanks to receiving the "Can't Wait to Curate" ABC/25 grant. (View my grant below)
…and YEAH again because we now can have a class set of MINI GREEN SCREEN STUDIOS in the art room with our "Green Screen Storytelling Studio" grant.
We will be purchasing 6 iPevo table top perches and the Green Screen App from DOINK.
This is such exciting news for our art students at Dryden. We LOVE working on iPads and now we will be able to make collaborative green screen movies on our iPads. We are getting closer to reaching our goal of a 1: 1 iPad classroom.
With our two iPads from this grant our total is now 19 and 1/2. We have only a few more days to turn that 1/2 into a whole through our Edbacker.com campaign. Please consider donating! Thanks. Donate here (it's tax deductible).
Our Lego Wall was made possible because of so many people working together. It was a collaborative project in every way. Thank you!
Taking a Turn
This video explains how to make a rotationally symmetrical with legos collaboratively using a method that is a simple as taking a turn.
I wrote up this lesson for School Arts Magazine published Nov. 2013. View it here.
That's right. The third graders and I witnessed an alien invasion in the art room! They were everywhere: in the sink, on the scoreboard, running across the floor, jumping off the projector, playing with the green screen, and terrorizing the students as they ran like crazy around the room. We were able to capture it all on video and compile it into one movie. See it here or below.
Okay, it's a hoax. Third graders created the aliens on iPads using DOINK and took a photo of a place in the art room for their running creature to "invade". The process is summed up in this behind the scenes video here or below.
More about this project:
Students have a screenshot of their alien invasion video on Artsonia. View them here.
This project is a revised version of last year's "Aliens Have Landed" series. View more.
We were able to use the updated version of DOINK to add a photo below our alien.
I wrote a grant to receive over 100 copies of this app and a class set of styluses. View.
Dryden's art program won an ABC/25 grant for materials for a Lego wall. This year we are using our supplies to collaboratively make radially symmetrical designs on our square base plates. We've found that this is not as easy as it sounds. One misplaced block can throw off everything. So, I structured the lesson into a game that ensures everyone takes turns one piece at a time. The 3/4 cardboard shields keep the eyes focused on the design as you rotate the baseplate for each turn. The kids LOVE this activity and seem to want to play/create endlessly. See our finished Lego designs online here or in the display case at school.
Below is my wish story for an IPEVO USB Document Camera from almost 3 years ago. Now IPEVO invites you to make a wish for their technology products for your classroom. They are granting wishes (from what I hear from my friends) left and right!
Have you made your wish yet? Go to IPEVO Wishpool and make your wish.
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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