Thursday, December 18, 2014

Google Draw

Do you use Google Draw?  I love it.  I mostly use it for myself at this point but I want to incorporate it into my older grades.  For those of you who are not using it, it's part of the Google options in Google Drive.  The icon looks like this (see above).  I found a good, quick explanation on this on Tek Handy

While at the recent TIES conference, I ran across this little tool. RESEARCH!! It has been really good for me.  During the conference there were several of us on our staff that went so we created a google share folder to put notes in.   I shared on draw and a coworker, our amazing media and technology specialist, Mrs. Harapat informed me that our district blocks the use of research.  Most images will come up as an 'X'.  So I wanted to share this for your personal use as educators as well as to try with a kid or two before you develop a lesson using it. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shaving Cream Shapes

My 1st grade students did not have art last year as Kindergarten so we are making up for lost time this year.  I knew the kids could identify and create some of the basic shapes so I was trying to make this lesson a little more exciting.  What better way then getting TOTALLY messy!  These kids were in their glory as they were creating shapes and getting totally messy. 

Side note;  This was the perfect lesson to do right before conferences because the table were pretty darn clean for all the visitors.  The kids not only scrub off all the 'art' on the table as they are playing with the shaving cream, they clean the table over and over, class after class.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Decorate a Tree- Kid Snippet Style

I had some fun with one of my sisters and her kids as our husbands were out ice fishing. This was inspired by Kid Snippets, which I might be addicted to.  Just thought I would share this silly little video with you on this Friday afternoon. We also had the girls brothers share in the fun (see below).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Express Yourself

Express yourself is in art station in my classroom to allow students to learn on their own about facial proportion and expression. I have used the outline of a head as the base of this station. I laminated the head and placed Velcro strips on the areas of the face that would have the features on it. Below the head is a felt board that has many features of the face with Velcro attached to the back. Students are given time at the end of the hour to play at the station.

As I introduce this station to my students, I show them how by simply changing the eyebrows the expression can totally be different.  For example...

Students might say that his face looks worried or concerned.

This one might be scared.  I changed the eye brows to point out.

By angling the eyebrows down, the face becomes angry. 

This is simply magic to the kids.  All I did was change the eyebrows. Students will sometimes put the facial features in the wrong spots, we can jump off from that with a lesson on Picasso.  This has been a popular station in the room this year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TIES 2014 Education Technology Conference

I'm at the TIES 2014 Conference the last couple of days.  TIES is an Education Technology Conference that I have not been able to attend for the past 3 years.  This year, back in the elementary school, I was allowed to go.  I ALWAYS get a ton of good information from this conference.  I can't wait to share the lessons I will be developing and bringing to my school because of the learning that has happened in the last two days.

Here is a couple of highlights so far...

One of the featured speakers was Yong Zhao.   He has a couple of books that I will be exploring soon because he is so PRO CREATIVITY!  He also happens to be funny and real!  I think his message would be another resource for Arts advocate.

George Couros (@gcouros) is described on the TIES page as a... 

An international leader in innovative student learning and engagement, George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division, Alberta, Canada. He is passionate about distributed leadership and believes in a collaborative environment with all stakeholders. 

I was truly impressed with his presentation style.  He seemed to not only have a great way of connecting to his audience, but also a true heart for education and people.  Some of the inspiration from his presentation that you will see me referred to in future posts was; 1 Second Everyday App, incorporating experienced adults into my students learning (perhaps from a local assisted living facility in our community), and asking students to interview their future self... more to come in the future, I'm sure!

Lockie Chapman was one of the few Art specific presenters.  She presented on stop motion animation in the middle school.  She has a lot of great resources that I will be exploring but more so, I was very impressed with her TAB choices that she incorporates in her classroom.  Follow her on Twitter (@lockiechapman)

Angie Kalthoff (@MrsKalthoff) and Holly Nelson (@hollynelson20) taught me more about Augmented Reality.   I was introduced to two years ago at the MN state conference in Duluth.  I have an app to create A.R.'s but I didn't implement them at that time.  I think this was a GREAT refresher to start looking into it again.  The parents of Hassan Elementary would love to see the power of Augmented Reality.