Yesterday during my fieldwork hours my Coop teacher introduced me to this website called BrainPOP which is a site developed as an educational resource that students and teachers can use in the classroom. You can search from practically all subjects, Art, Music, Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Health, even Engineering and Technology. The site teaches difficult concepts on a level that depending on the grade, will be able to understand. In my 8th Grade art classroom my teacher used this site to give more information on Surrealism. As the animated video played I could see every students eyes on the screen, most likely because it was a cartoon which is something that most kids that age are already watching. I think that this is such a great site because the kids are learning about things that might not be as understandable if we just told them about it. The video was played after me and my Coop discussed surrealism with the class, it was a good way to reiterate some of the things that we said to the class in order to make sure they understand the movement.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
I chose this particular lesson plan because I feel that it exemplifies how creative you can be while exploring different technologies and design concepts in the 21st century art classroom. Most students are fascinated with technology and working with computers being that some of the programs they have out now are so new and cutting edge. I think that this digital imaging lesson would be an excellent way for the students who are discouraged by their skills in studio art making (painting, or drawing) to make something they can be really proud of as well as show off their creative abilities. The lesson is also a great introduction into the world of graphic design along with the career options it is accompanied with. It educates students on how to achieve a visual impact through font, color, and thickness of the line. The lesson also promotes students to think abstractly and gives them the freedom to come up with a subject matter that speaks to them. This will encourage them to explore different kinds of media and their properties in order to see the visible effects they can achieve.
I believe that I was able to align the goals, strategies and technologies completely in this assignment. The one thing that I added to my strategies that I thought would make for a more cohesive lesson is having the teacher provide more of a background on typography as well as examples of successfully used typography in media/design. This lesson would show the students that creative design is essential in all of the marketing that we are surrounded by on an everyday basis. Teaching elements of good design and how we can achieve this by using technologies such as Photoshop or Illustrator will help students see endless possibilities of creative design through technology.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I had a lot of difficulty getting on my computer and online this past week due to the hurricane so this assignment was challenging for me to get started on. I think as a whole my group and I found a lot of different technologies that would assist with our teaching as well as make it the class more interesting for our future students. As I was researching various technologies for the art classroom I stumbled upon a lot of sites (such as kid blog, glogster, and school tube), which I will definitely use in my future classes. Many of us agreed on certain technologies like iMovie, digital cameras, video cameras, and tablets. Some of the technologies the other girls mentioned I did not even think of until they posted it. For instance, Nicole mentioned video conference calling which I thought would be very interesting for students to part take in. It would be a great way for students to take a look at other cultures besides their own and also get to know other students. Going along with that I was also impressed by the link that Julie posted, Art Education 2.0. I think that it is important to assign students multicultural activities in order for them to gain an understanding and respect of the world they live in. This site is wonderful because I can see what other teachers are doing with their art students around the world and together we can gain a greater understanding of one another as well as expand our boundaries when creating assignments for our students.