Currently, my 21 art classes have been creating & sharing work digitally using the 6 class iPads I received at the start of this year. This has been a great stepping stone into the digital world, but we just cannot complete what we need to with only 6 iPads. Students have to 'wait to create'.
My 478 students are a passionate and excited group.
My school community is comprised of teachers and students that are passionate about collaboration as well as developing 21st century learning. They are excited to incorporate technology, and happily share what they know with their classmates, AND teacher.
Creativity & Collaboration- Worked with other teachers to design units that showcase students creativity. In 1 lesson students create a digital collage/drawing & snow globe that connect to a classroom writing piece about living in a snow globe. Students will also work in small groups to create informative videos about art techniques.
Critical Thinking & Communication- Each unit I develop begins with 2-3 big ideas, that are posed to the students multiple times during the unit. In 1 unit students will use the iPads to research an artist that inspires them, synthesize specific qualities of that artists work, & complete a painting related to their inspiration. These paintings & artist statements will be shared via the iPads & an online art gallery.
Community- Students will create digitally augmented versions of their work. These videos share info about the artist/person depicted. Students will create & display QR codes to share these videos. Work will also be shared via a class blog.
With 4 additional iPads, I will be just 2 iPads short of of a 2 to 1 classroom.
When I first started using iPads in my art instruction & in collaboration with classroom teachers, I thought 6 was a sufficient number for my needs. I've discovered many new & exciting ways to use technology to excite and engage my students in their learning. These 4 iPads will help me implement what I've learned, and give students more opportunities to express themselves and share their work digitally.
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