My students need iPad minis to document their artwork and integrate technology authentically into the art making process.
My students are overage middle schoolers that travel across town to an inner-city behavioral program to receive extra support from small class sizes, mentoring, and coaching. Many have difficulties finding positive coping skills and regulating their social-emotional selves in and out of the classroom. Many have diagnosed learning differences in the form of IEPs. My students demographic is 100% African American, and 100% of them receive free breakfast and lunch.
My students come from impoverished communities and many have experienced trauma that has impacted their educational progress.
Our faculty recognizes how ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, affect student development. As a result, our students are treated with extra compassion and care.
Process is just as important as product within the art classroom. I am always seeking ways to make my curriculum as similar to the lives of real artists and designers in order to increase success and engagement with relevant art making prompts. However, without appropriate technology in the classroom, my students miss a fundamental element of design thinking: documenting process and collaboration.
My students need an iPad in order to authentically engage with art making by documenting their process technologically.
Working in an alternative school, my students do not carry their cell phones around during the school day. An iPad will support my students' learning by providing opportunities to take photographs and use them in their own artwork. They will be able to create photographic records of their own unique processes, as well as integrate video and other educational apps into their learning experience. My students will use the iPad to collaborate on the best ways to exhibit and display artwork by documenting finished works as well.
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