OH THE FACES iMAKE!
If you don't already know - I'm very into technology. I feel it's important to incorporate technology into my teaching. It has enhance my teaching greatly and I feel it can enhance student learning in every subject area. The arts are no different. In fact Visual Art and Technology are the perfect combinations. I began this school year with a goal - to acquire iPads to use with students in all of my art classes. My short-term goal is to have 6-8 iPads that students could use as cooperative groups of 3-5 students. My long-term goal is to acquire a class set of iPads that all the art teachers could share throughout the district so that all art students can benefit.
So far I've had little success. I've written a request to various places for grants to fund this quest. I'm currently working on writing a grant to the Moline Public Schools Foundation due early this Spring. I also plan on putting in a DonorsChoose.org request soon - So be looking for information on that!
But - I will not wait until then to expose the students to how the iPad can be a great tool for Art and more! I have my own iPad that I begun to use with small groups during Art. I started with 2 3rd grade classes (Mrs. Kipp's and Mrs. Tague's classes) and will move on to other classes as I can work it in.
These two classes are doing a portrait project that includes the iPad app FacesiMake. Students are using the app in groups to create a digital collage using the app. They are also each doing a traditional artwork - a collage using paper and magazine pictures.
There was no greater feeling for me to see students faces light up as they used an iPad for the first time. I was thrilled to give them that opportunity!
(Let me apologize right now to any parent who had to endure the pleadings for you to get them an iPad as a result of this! But really - it's a great educational tool)
If you do have an iPad - check out my website on iPads in the Art Room for great apps that you can get for your child and how they can be used!
Washington has been my "Home" school for many years now. I enjoy teaching all the different students who make up this diverse school. I have taught a multitude of lessons in this building and have learned just as much from all of the students.
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