Our elementary school is a Title I school serving a small community in Georgia. My students are diverse culturally and socioeconomically. Though the school is small, my students are fierce and tenacious about learning.
Our students are eager to learn about art and to build skills for making art.
Learning about art expands the students' world view. Making art improves the students' problem solving skills and allows them to exercise their creativity. Support for our art program helps my students develop these skills.
I would like to integrate more technology in my Visual Arts class. Our school is working towards STEM certification and the school STEM coordinator gave me a 3-D printer for the students to use. However, I only have a teacher desktop assigned to my classroom and an older iPad that does not support updates for the apps my students can use to make digital art.
Students will use the iPad for a variety of Visual Arts based apps, including 3-D print design, digital art, digital galleries, augmented reality, and stop motion animation.
With the new iPad, students can design a 3-Dimensional object in the Tinkercad app and print on our MakerBot printer. They can take photographs of their completed 2-D and 3-D artwork and publish it on apps like Artsonia or ClassDojo. This will allow their family to see their work before it goes home and view it from wherever they have access to internet. There are many other apps that they can use for making digital art that will enrich their Visual Art education and the iPad will give the students hands-on access to these apps.
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