Help me give my students drawing tablets to encourage their creativity in graphic design, whether it be in creating their own backgrounds for apps they create or for creating logos for customers.
My eclectic group of students comes from a variety of backgrounds with varied levels of tech experience. Given the numerous backgrounds, there is a large disparity of what students are familiar with computers and technology.
With the focus of my class being on specific programs and applications, students often feel discouraged if they are not as familiar with the current system.
When they are engaged they produce incredible work, solving issues both in the school community as well as their local and at times not so local community. However, when they are not comfortable with a program they can become disengaged and hesitant about learning new software. Their participation may start to fade until we return to a unit they are more familiar with.
All of these students opted for a different path for their high school experience, opting for a choice school rather than their local neighborhood school. They are hard-working and caring individuals that value their education.
I have been teaching graphic design for the past few years with a heavy focus on Photoshop. I encourage the students to show their creativity when designing products, whether they be logos for customers, backgrounds for apps and websites, or posters to hang in the school. Last year one student asked if he could bring a drawing tablet to class to streamline his designs. When he brought it in the rest of his class flocked around him and watched as he used the tablet to draw directly on the screen. He agreed to allow his peers to use the tablet from then on. Immediately the designs were becoming more detailed and intricate. Unfortunately, with the one tablet and the number of students in the room, it was difficult to share it with enough time to prove fully effective.
I plan on utilizing these tablets for projects designed to meet students’ individual learning needs.
They would offer more students the ability to show off their creativity and design even more amazing products than they already created.
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|Wacom - Intuos Drawing Tablet (Small) with 3 Bonus Software included - Black • Best Buy Education||$55.88||3||$167.64|
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