I am the visual arts teacher in a rural elementary school, housing grades kindergarten through fifth. Many of my students come from low-income families, where arts and technology experiences in the home are extremely limited.
I recently read an article about an art teacher who used iPods in her classroom. I would love to be able to share this technology with my students.
In order to reach students with different learning modalities, I can create different art centers. The iPods will be used to allow students to listen to art songs. For example, when studying a certain artist, different stations or centers will be created--a computer station for exploring a website, a drama station for acting out an artwork, an iPod station for listening to an art song and discussing the meaning of the lyrics, a reading station, and a critique station. What a wonderful way to reach all of the students while at the same time, exposing students to technology they may have never experienced!!
I would also like to use the ipods as a type of reward for my 5th grade classes. Each week, during independent work, 2 students will be chosen based on behavior and work ethic to listen to the Ipods as they work. I think this will really motivate my 5th graders to work harder.
Will you bring Ipods to my art classroom? This is a piece of technology that will be greatly used (and appreciated)!
Thank you for reading my proposal.
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