Monday, June 28, 2010

21st Century Skills Reflection 1

We had our introduction meeting this morning from 8 a.m. to noon, and it was nice to see a colleague who went to another building, plus meet three new people on staff at other buildings. The whole class, I was pretty much thinking, "Glory Hallelujah!"; this is a class that will extend what I already do with tech. Joined the wiki (helped that I already had an account), ditto for adding my 2 blogs to the contact list, got a Twitter account (which I had previously, erroneously, thought was for tween texters and celebs). I linked the post title to our wiki, and I'm planning on going all-in for those 30 PDU's...I think it will be tremendous fun, in fact, I anticipate getting a whole new world of resources from this. I knew things would be good when Andrew showed my favorite "TedTalk" with Sir Ken Robinson. My favorite quote: "Creativity is as important as literacy...and should be treated with equal status!"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

ATC Progress

I started on my ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) for the 2.0 group, but still thinking about my Tip-In design. So far, I cut apart 6 Altoids tins, flattened the lids and sanded them. Then, I adhered poster board to the backs and put some textural gesso on them. I'm still working on how to honor the tin design and make my own art, plus keep them visually intricate. I linked the title to a resource for things like altered books and collage at "go make something" blog. Additionally, I'm starting a technology class next week. So, I'm making good on those plans outlined earlier. Here's some Photobooth piks of the early stages of my ATC's.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sketchcast is Back

For a while there, Sketchcast disappeared, but it is back and I plan on making several over the summer to support my curriculum. Of course, Jing also is available, and that will come in handy for the Photoshop tutorial I plan to make over the summer, too. I'm starting a "tip-in" project with 29 other art educators all over the country, where we all design an art page (10X) to mail out & share, getting 10 other pages in return, which are then inserted (tipped-in) to a discarded book. Here's a lesson plan for tip-ins. Plus, the usual summer plans of gardening, family, catching up on the house projects, and the summer is full. I'm hoping to complete a print for an upcoming art show, plus I got a cool present from a student--a sketchbook! I'd love to fill it up, then bring it back for all my students that I exhorted to draw over the summer.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

End of the Year Reflection

Last night, I wedged up that huge pile of clay left over from the last clay project--probably 200 pounds worth. I always leave it to the fall, then curse myself for doing that because I get crazy-busy almost immediately. I used the time while wedging to reflect back on the year. One of the coolest websites I found was this past week (see title link), which I used with my third graders to reinforce the concept of "pattern" while they designed their own Grecian urns. They loved it and the interactive timeline works great with the Smartboard. Other surprise successes--the shadow pastels & early in the year, zentangles. As always, students love the cartooning unit (so do I). Big change for next year--a recyclable sculpture project for third grade and more emphasis on story boarding for fifth grade; we will use a sketchbook for that, I think. Another cool end of the year find, a visual bookmarking site, called Symbaloo. I personally still love Delicious, and use Stumble-Upon to find original sites, but students would love the visuals in Symbaloo as they are very "I-Pad-ish" (nice word I just made up). Final thought: Art is at the center of the 21st century, here's the link that discusses that point. That's it for my end of the year reflection, I'll be posting over the summer--have a good one!

Friday, June 4, 2010

E-Learning Edublog

Thanks to "Artfully" who already compiled a masterly list of e-learning sites specifically for educators (main link). Then, here's "55+ Extremely Useful Online Generators for Designers" . Lastly, online instructional design resources... I have done "e-learning" for some of my graduate credits for license renewal, plus this year, my son will take an online class, yet I admit to mixed feelings on this topic. In a recent ArtEd2.0 thread, we discussed what makes a teacher "boring". I have to wonder, if students are not engaged in a classroom setting, will an online venue be any better? I've gotten a lot out of my own PLN (personal learning network), but for me, the "magic" happens in the classroom, with the students, and each day brings a different dynamic that I enjoy. I guess that I look at this as another media in the teacher's palette; I hope we can still engage learners in multiple modalities.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Timeline Creation Resources

At the end of the year, I am always revisiting that original curriculum map...What were the successes? What needs to be changed? To that end, I've been researching more art history connections, and found a mega-list of timeline resources (see title link). I've also decided to revisit sketchbooks as a learning reflection and embed sketching into more projects (which is hard to do when art is only once a week). Incredibly, the year is almost over and I'm starting a bit of prep for next year! I am so glad that every student has a piece on Artsonia as the art room is starting to look pretty bare, but there's always the online art.

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