I attended a very informative session at the ITEC Conference on October 15! The presenter, Tricia Fuglestad, teaches K-5 art in a suburb of Chicago, using a lot of technology. You can peruse her Website at Dryden Art. I’d like to share some of the technology she and her students use on a regular basis, as her school, Dryden Elementary, uses the TPACK Framework. (TPACK stands for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, and the framework addresses the interplay of content, pedagogical, and technological knowledge.) Tricia uses technology to help her students share their work with the world, because she doesn’t want the students’ work to just stay in her classroom. But she also said, “Using technology is not my goal. I usetechnology when I see that it is a better way to deliver content, engage my students,
or enhance their learning experience. I choose not to use it if it doesn’t meet that
First, she introduced us to K12.onlineconference.org. On this site, you and/or your students can create a twenty-minute video and post it. It becomes like a session. Here is Tricia’s session:
Tricia uses chatwing.com so her students can back channel during class. I have used TodaysMeet before, but was excited to learn about another site. Back channeling allows students to ask questions, post their thoughts, collaborate with each other, and share their ideas.
Artsonia is an online museum for students’ art. Tricia’s students have uploaded many of their art pieces. You can view the work Tricia’s students have submitted here: http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=7105. On this site, parents can purchase products featuring their child’s art work. The company donates back 15% of the proceeds to the school’s art program.
The Story of Young Sloppy Brush is a video made by Tricia’s fifth grade students, and has known world-wide fame. That video can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/6192408 or at the FugleFlicks home page. Be sure to watch the Glue Blues video, as well.
The message I found the most worthy was the story of a student’s discarded picture of a dog that looked somewhat more like a shark. The discarded work was later transformed into something brilliant, and Tricia’s students coined the phrase about transforming mistakes, “That’s so shark dog!” The brief video can be seen on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/9351230.
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