I teach art to 450 elementary students, from Kinder to 5th grade. Last year my 5th graders made paper rooms and brought figurines from home to use as characters in their movie. They LOVED this project, but we used old laptops that are shared campus-wide and aren't always available.
My students are economically disadvantaged kids in southeast Austin.
Last year, 25 of our families lost everything to the Onion Creek flood. Our neighborhood is still struggling with the aftermath - some homes are being bought by the city and demolished, others are being remodeled by the families who own them. Nothing comes easily for my students.
When we made stop-action movies last year, it was a huge experiment - I had no idea if they would take to it or not, or if I would be able to properly teach them how to use the laptops. They caught on immediately, especially when I mentioned the Lego movie, and were unstoppable. They were totally engrossed in creating a story with their little figurines and were really excited to share their movies with the class when finished. However the laptops lost a couple of their folders of photos and had other weird glitches. It would be great to have a set of tablets that live only in my classroom for my students to use only for Art.
We will make stop-action movies with individually created sets (paper rooms with paper furniture) with 5th grade. I would like to use tablets for digital portraits for the 4th graders, and cartooning for 3rd graders. I am part of an Art teacher list serve, so if I can acquire up to 12 tablets, then the possibilities are endless. It will be very easy to find more ways to use them.
My students will learn other ways to use technology that can help them unleash their creativity and show them additional applications that could lead to future jobs. I want them to see how they can use technology to create, not just for writing papers or playing games. I hope to show them that school can be fun and learning can be exciting.
I will be able to teach with current technology.
Students will get to use technology in an Art application, not just for writing papers. My 5th graders were completely captivated by the stop-action movie project last year. They were totally focused on their "sets", moving their little figurines around, giving them voices, figuring out the best angle for the laptops, taking tons of pictures, using special effects and editing out bad ones. They were very excited about making art!
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