Here is what it looks like in action.
•You can wear it as a hat to greet your students with AWEsome high fives.
•You can set it on a table and let students have high fives with each other.
•Try a 3-way high five to complete the circuit through a friend.
I purchased a basic Littlebits kit so I could play, invent, and dream up ideas that might find their way into my art room. I have had lots of interactions with littlebits from conferences, workshops, and edcamps, but I hadn't thought of a way to bring them to my students...until now. I thought, why don't I make something that we can all interact with. In doing so, I might spark interest in creating and inventing with electrical and motorized mechanisms. So, I played. My first "invention" was a zucchini freshness tester using the makey makey and lights bit. If the zucchini I just picked from the garden conducts electricity (by being "fresh") it would light up. Take a look below. This idea fits with my garden vegetable themed summer, but doesn't translate well in the classroom.
10 Take Aways from my first ISTE
1. Apple had an interactive mural set up encouraging people to draw. They were using the hashtag, #everyonecancreate I drew on an iPad and it appeared in the iPad icon on the mural. My take away; free app Tayasui Sketches. It has two layers and cool fill tool. Also the pen tool is ready to use unlike Brushes app where we have to make an opaque brush to get a "black marker" line. The fill is unusual. You draw the shape then it fills, but that can create some really cool graphic design-y looks if you miss the edges and leave some white.
2. I need to play with the new drawing feature in the iPad keynote app. It can animate your drawing process as a playback. These ADEs used it to make a rotoscope video. Thanks Karlyb for explaining this feature to me.
4. Another transdigital art idea is forming in my mind when I explored the poster session from Jenny O'Sullivan where they used AR app HP Reveal to connect green screen Do Ink videos to photos that were made into books (using Shutterfly.) My roadblock in using AR has been that I didn't feel like the work in creating would pay off since it needs community education to know how to engage with it. I like their book idea since instructions for access the AR videos are included in the book. Families bought the books and it became a fundraiser to cover costs of legos, canvases, and printing.
5. I joined in on ISTETEN for their gathering on Monday. This was a chance to learn about their network and meet some new folks. I had entered their Tech in Action video contest and won second place. They showed my video and gave me a certificate. My administrators came to support me too (thank you)!
6. I was asked by @doinktweets to present educational and creative uses of their Green Screen and Animation apps during an early learning playground on Tuesday. The tweet I posted before the event stirred up a crowd of interested attendees. Karen Miller of DoInk said that I had over 200 attendees stop by to learn with me. I was LOVING it so much the time flew by. We looked at holograms, flipbook animation, and animated glow ideas and was able to share classroom applications and curricular tie-ins for each.
7. That's when I learned about #passthescopeEdu for those who are #NotatISTE These educators teamed up to use periscope to create interactive recordings that gave the folks from home a chance to experience ISTE. People requested to include my playground presentation. This video was made for them (974 live viewers) to see. They were able to ask me questions and watch me demonstrate to others from over my shoulder. How cool is this?
8. As I was exiting the conference I decided to stroll through the Maker Poster Sessions before I left. That's when I saw two ideas that made me rethink makerspaces. One was a 3D printed Lithophane of a photo of Frida Kahlo. It was a tactile representation of the blacks, whites, and grays in such a way that when you lift it to the light it reproduced the photo magically. I began forming ideas of how this could play out in my art room. Still mulling it over. But, it's the first time I seriously thought about a 3D printer. My tweet (below) inspired others and helped to crowdsource some answers about creating these.
9. The other maker poster session was the very last thing I saw as I headed out the door. This lady had a table of fun looking toys that caught my eye. I didn't understand what I was seeing at first but when it soaked in I wanted to cry. She was having students make tactile versions of favorite books and games to apply their creative problem-solving in a way that gave access for those who are visual impaired. Making with meaning. I learned there is a whole group of educators who strive for meaning, empathy, and kindness while teaching others to make through the interactions from the tweet. How wonderful!
10. My last takeaway: The learning doesn't end. When I got home I wrote my summer "To LEARN list" that included Morphi app. I have a better idea now also of who I want to follow on Twitter to keep learning from all summer long. I've been enjoying creativity challenges from @kimdarche using the #Creativities hashtag. Also, I'm hoping to join more chats and connect more this summer.
I collected all my tweets in this moment.
This doesn't happen everyday, so I wanted to make sure I have this posted and documented in some way. On May 3rd I was honored with two visitors who were going to be in Chicago and wanted to meet. Megan @seeingnewshapes came in from Oklahoma City and Paula @paulajamieson was in from New Zealand.
Paula wrote a very detailed and awesome post about our visit. (Thanks!)
Take a look and also explore her website about her very innovative Makerspace.
Megan shared her thoughts about the visit in a podcast with Wesley and Shelly Fryer on the Moving at the Speed of Creativity site. See post and listen here. (Thanks)
In 2014 my students collaboratively built a lego mural out of a series of portraits in honor of Black History Month. I have apost about it here. I even put a post together explaining how I organized it and created the resources here.
I have a plan to try another Black History Lego Mural again this year. I really like the format I created where each portrait fits on 6 base plates. This mean I can have an entire class work on one portrait (one part per table). They can see how their small group collaboration feeds into a all class collaboration as the base plates are finished and pieced together. The lesson is not about creativity since they just follow a printed 1:1 scale guide, however it does require patience, collaborative strategies, counting, reading a grid, accuracy, and some problem-solving when lego pieces/sizes become scarce.
New Plan: Emphasizes History
The first time I designed the lego wall project I was scrambling, guessing, and making quick decisions to fit my time constraints. Now that I know that we have enough legos, and what my students capable of (2nd-5th graders do this lesson well) I am going to try to make sure the HISTORY part is emphasized as much as the art making. This new plan will include abolitionists, civil rights activists, a mathematician, and a scientist. Students will watch a video biography for each of the 6 figures from black history to learn more about their contributions and the challenges they faced in their lives.
Resources: Download from TpT
I packaged the resources for two of the murals above. You can download them with instructions, examples, and printable lego guide sheets. MLKJr and Harriet Tubman
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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