I spent my first day of Spring Break in West Bloomfield, Michigan working with a lovely group of teachers on iPad creation and STEAM ideas for fine arts and technology. All my lesson ideas are on this growing smore flyer. There are over 185 so far so I use a numbering system to refer to them as in my handout for the workshop below:
I was asked to do an iPad workshop for the art teachers of District 47 in Crystal Lake today. I was able to show them a bunch of creative ways to make art with their students digitally to explore concepts differently and demonstrate understanding dynamically. (The numbers on the sheet refer to my 175 STEAM art ideas found here.)
Since Dryden's art room began the year with a class set of iPads (find out how here) loaded with awesome creation apps (likeDoInk Animation App, Green Screen App by DoInk, and Superimpose), I decided to offer an animation workshop to students who wanted to learn how to create a film entry for the PTA Reflections contest. The contest theme this year is "Let your imagination fly" which lends itself perfectly to animation.
The workshop filled up with 4th graders almost immediately. Most of the students were uncertain what they wanted to create, so they learned techniques. Here are some animations they created:
One student, Katie, came to the animation workshop with a very clear idea of what she wanted to create. She had already written an original song and wanted to make an animated video to accompany it. So she worked with me a few more days to create an acapella audio recording in Garageband (with her own backup vocals) and a series of animated scenes to tell her story. She explored a bunch of animation tricks using still images, layered animation, and mixing live video with animation using green screen effects. View her little masterpiece here or below.
Her piece was selected by the NW Cook region PTA to advance to STATE! Congratulations!
Here is a quick sampling of my animation lessons and ideas that would help students demonstrate understanding of art concepts in a dynamic, motivating, and powerful way.
Thank you to the conference organizers, Peg Speirs and Nicole Romanski, who wrote a grant as part of the Kutztown Sesquicentennial Events to have me do a workshop with their pre-service art education majors as well as present to the conference attendees comprised of local art educators. Here is the calendar of events (It's so cool to be featured here). Learn more about the conference here.
My iPad Workshop
On Friday I had the privilege to attend and present a workshop at the Illinois Computer Educator's (ICE) onference in St. Charles, IL. I did a hands on iPad workshop exploring creative ways to use iPads with any content. We had a larger than expected group because of another workshop cancellation, so it wasn't as intimate as I would have hoped. But, more the merrier when it comes to learning. IPEVO very graciously provided some items to raffle to the attendees. You can actually ask for the item we raffled during the month of March. Check it out and make your wish here.
Download my workshop handout here.
Find all the iPad lesson resources here.
See some tweets from our session from Jennifer here and here. And Jorge's here.
Photos from Sessions
I was honored with the opportunity to work with the art team in Villa Park, IL on Friday. We went through a dozen or so art education based projects on the iPads together. You can explore the lessons we explored on your own using this handout. Open it in iBooks and use the links to download templates or view blog posts with more information.
The IAEA Student Art Show is a year-long traveling exhibit of selected pieces of K-12 student art. This year there were over 640 pieces submitted for consideration. Congratulations to Klaudia (center) from Dryden Elementary. Her monochromatic Old Guitarist paper sculpture was one of the 40 pieces chosen. Watch a quick slideshow of the awards ceremony here or below.
I taught a walk-in (free) 90 minute iPad workshop on Friday morning at the conference. We looked at using Sketchbook Express for a bunch of different art learning experiences including portraits, digital collages, and drawing landscapes using shapes. See the artwork workshop attendees uploaded to Artsonia using the Classroom Mode in this gallery. View my lesson page here.
I attended some wonderful sessions at the conference to get my mind thinking about visual languages for programing like SCRATCH for tinkering spaces with squishy circuits so students can join the maker movement. I hope to explore the Plugin studio to figure out how to bring these ideas to my art students.
I participated in a panel discussion with International (Olivia Gude), National (Deborah Reeve), Regional (Laura Milas), Higher Ed (Richard Siegesmund), and Museum (Marissa Reyes,) art education leaders to discuss changes needed in our field. This felt like a huge stretch out of my comfort zone (my theme for the week) especially since I am k-5 art teacher who holds no official leadership position. Normally I do show and tell presentations where I let my students' work do the talking. On this panel I couldn't hide behind animations, videos, and artwork. I had to talk about my practice and my ideas for art education which I found to be very challenging in itself but considerably more so considering my distinguished colleagues. However my trip to Washington DC to discuss changing education to create innovators was fresh on my mind and fueled many of my responses. Thankfully, art educator Mark Hays, recorded most of the conversation and shared the file with me. You can watch the discussion below or at this link. (Thanks Mark)
I just returned from an invitation-only workshop in Washington DC called Educate to Innovate. Here we discussed possible roadblocks and action items to help change education to create innovators. I was joined by university leaders, large and small business leaders, policy makers, and K-12 representatives that were considered innovators. This workshop is part of an ongoing research project sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences in partnership with the University of Illinois department of Engineering. We met in the NAS building to listen to lectures and break out into small groups to share our ideas.
I was so honored to be invited to this workshop and have a chance to share my ideas for elevating the role of the arts in K-12. I believe the arts teachers should be the leaders in creating a culture of creativity, open-mindedness, and collaboration with a freedom to take risks and learn from mistakes. This is what our art rooms look like everyday. I was so happy to share with this diverse group of leaders how important an art teachers' role is in nurturing curiosity and creativity at every stage in life. I took visual notes from our sessions. Take a look at the ideas that were being shared below.
UPDATE: I used my visual notes and photos to make a video reflection of my experience.
I felt like this trip put me WAY out of my comfort zone. I traveled alone, to meet with strangers, and was a lone voice in many ways.
This became the topic of the Arts Roundtable podcast I contributed to from DC on Tuesday night.
Listen to Carol, Brenda, Jen and I talk about stretching our teaching and learning beyond our comfort zones in this new podcast.
I was invited to come back to Antioch SD 34 to do another iPad workshop this week with a SUPER group of folks. See my post from the first workshop here. This time we were able to play with a bunch of new art lesson ideas, new apps, and try green screen effects.
We are working on obtaining funds to have 1:1 access to iPads in the art room. We are half way there. Please consider donating to our Edbacker Campaign or our Donor's Choose Project. Voting via Sonic's Limeades for Learning a great way to help! Each donation will receive a copy of our SCAN|VIEW|LEARN Fugleflicks QR Code book ($5 value) to print and enjoy with your students. Learn more about the book here.
I love working with art teachers on generating ideas for incorporating iPads into the art room. During the last couple of iPad workshops we would start creating by using the free app Sketchbook Express. I love the simple interface yet powerful possibilities of this FREE app. After trying our hand at drawing (see this collage of teacher's collaborative figures) we would learn to share our work with each other via AirServer on my laptop. Each participant can mirror their iPad and share the screen with each other without ever leaving their seat. See what that looked like here. There are drawbacks with teaching students to use airplay to mirror their iPads and that was demonstrated repeatedly during my last workshop. Someone kept interrupting my presentation by accidentally choosing to mirror their iPad through my laptop from a different room in the building. This would shrink my display and sometimes knock me off the stream entirely. Imagine the havoc our students could create if they used this tool for evil. (Don't get ideas, please)
Photo Collages using Sketchbook Express
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