We started out our art class this year with a school-wide scribble challenge. It's a fun way to get the creative juices flowing in our new learning environment. I led students through a paper version of the challenge and sent them off to Seesaw to try it digitally too. You can save, modify, and assign my scribble challenge activity to your students on seesaw too if you follow this link.
Do the Dryden Dos Wins Award at ISTE!
Back in September I gathered a group of fifth graders to join the Fugleflick Filmmaking club. I challenged them to create a movie about "activating change" in our school community. We looked at our Dryden Dos (to be safe, caring, and responsible) and tried to come up with a strong student-centered video that could educate and encourage the school to do the Dryden Dos while at the same time meeting the qualifications for the Global Student Voice Film Festival (#GSVFF) to be held in Philadelphia at ISTE19.
4th graders finished their Son of Man Spoof inspired by the Surrealistic painting by Rene Magritte. View the original here. The portrait painting is missing some important features...like eyes, nose, and mouth. Our apple, blended with tints and shades covers over the face but slightly hovers so you can peek underneath to see our surreal secret.
I'm so excited to share that my art room had some technology additions and changes:
Mr. Fuglestad's journey back to teaching was very long but all the while he was surrounded by the love and support of his students, colleagues, family, neighbors, and friends. They gave him a very warm welcome at the first day assembly at BGHS high school where he teaches science. Take a peek at this video below.
We won & raised over $10,ooo in resources for Dryden's Art Program this school year alone!
I began the 2013-14 school year with 2:1 access to iPads for my art students (see this post which explains how this happened) and ended with enough for 1:1. I NEVER dreamed it would really happen so quickly. By April 2014 all my students had iPads loaded with our favorite art apps so that we could animate, digitally paint, and easily curate our online art portfolios. So many doors are open now for my students for exploration, innovation, and art creation because of our many supporters, donors, and voters that actively promoted our fundraisers, voted for our contest entries, and donated generously to our crowdfunding campaigns.
We have a long tradition of entering contests for art, videos, and classroom projects to win resources for the art program and give students a chance for authentic audiences for their work. This year was no exception:
When my student teacher was in full takeover last fall, I decided to use my time to write as many grants as I could for more resources for the art program. I wrote way more than I received but we are so happy for these:
I began aggressively seeking donations by leveraging crowdfunding sites. I did lots of begging & promoting while many kind people donated to help us get the rest of our iPads.
A group of our 1st graders had the opportunity to share in a Skype conversation with Mr.Codilla's 3rd grade art class in Missouri. We tried to learn our similarities, differences, favorite art projects, and more. It was fun to meet new students from a different state using technology.
We were able to test out our iPEVO internet conference station for audio and iPevo camera so they could view our whole group. We saw their group projected up on our interactive board. I took some pictures and video. See them below.
My Visual Notes can be played back like a movie since I drew them in (the old) Brushes App
I don't know if you noticed, but we're really into getting iPads for our art room. It's been 18 months since we won $5000 in the McGraw-Hill STEMie awards which bought our first 8 iPads. Since then we've written grants, fundraised through Artsonia, Donor's Choose, Edbacker, and entered lots of contests and it's paying off!
I wrote a article about our avenues for revenue for the March issue of School Arts Magazine. View it online here or in your mailbox soon.
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).
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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