I was able to present at two sessions.
Along with an amazing middle school art teacher from Michigan, Janine Campbell, we presented on Transdigital Art. This session focused on our physical and digital methods of art production and management.
Words to think about from people I met
Sometimes you start a conversation with the person next to you as you wait to hear the keynote speaker shower you with words of wisdom when this happens. Maryel Shepherd, first time conference attendee, sat down next to me and chatted. She told a story that included a person who didn't grow up, but rather grew old. I asked her to explain. She said, you have a choice in life. You can either grow up (by learning, stretching out your branches like a tree) or grow old (stunted in your growth) Here I was on a Saturday morning at 8:30 am attending a conference I had to fundraise to attend, hearing that I'm growing up, not old! It was very encouraging.
I didn't get pics with all the people that touched me as we interacted but I did happen to capture Lisa, a retired art teacher from New York state, who had approached me as I waited to set up for my session. She explained that she followed me for years and tried many of my lessons with her students before she retired. Then, she kindly offered to help me set up and tear down my equipment at the beginning and end which was completely needed since I only had 10 minutes to hook everything up and try to troubleshoot the tech issue of not having an HDMI connection on my laptop as the projector cord required (UGH!). Luckily I had a spare VGA cable with me because something like this has happened to me before.
I didn't get a photo of Beth, who stopped me also before the session to introduce herself. She no longer teaches elementary, but said my blog and lessons were valuable to her and her students and wanted to thank me.
As I was making my way through the exhibit hall, I was stopped by Tracy Skeels. She told me that her students were impacted by the lessons I share on my blog (and Nic Hahn).
As I was looking at the Youth Art Month flag exhibit, I got really excited about seeing my students' art fly with augmented reality (see what I mean here). I wanted to show someone so I looked around and grabbed Kate Andrzejczak out of nowhere and showed her. So, that's how we met. As I began explaining the augmented reality effect she stopped me and said, Tricia it's you. I have to tell you how your lessons have inspired me. Her story wasn't as happy though. Her district moved away from iPads for the elementary students and gave them chromebooks. Their creation opportunities were significantly reduced since they would no longer support iPads. I told her that one of my hopes in freely sharing my transdigital art lessons is to give teachers a chance to advocate for iPads and creation apps by simply sharing the possibilities made evident by my students with the decision makers of the school.
Bonus: Perfect Green Screen Flying Footage
See Mrs. Newton's tutorial/lesson for rainbow holograms