Posted on 12/28/2013 at 12:17 PM by
According to Dembo & Bellow (2013), The arts are extremely important to creating a well-rounded person, and infusing them in all aspects of curriculum will yield a more creative, engaged, and capable student. Technology … can enhance learning experiences by helping students engage in content, create new understandings, and publish work with the class or world at large” (p. 25).
There are many online software programs that can help students work creatively. Some of these are Big Huge Labs, iPiccy, and Sumo Paint.
Big Huge Labs (www.bighugelabs.com/education.php
) is a site that will allow users to edit, enhance, and have fun with photos. If you register as a teacher, you can create student accounts that don’t require students’ email addresses. Also, the ads will be removed from the site.
There are thirty activities that students can use for projects. Some of these are inspirational or funny motivational posters, magazine covers, pop art posters, jigsaw puzzle, mosaic makers, calendar, framer, badge-maker, and cube. One way to use the motivational posters, according to Dembo & Bellow (2013) is for vocabulary. Have the students create a poster using one of their vocabulary words.
) is another innovative online photo editor. Although it requires Flash to operate, iPiccy allows the user to adjust exposure, colors, levels, curves, and even more advanced tweaks—all in an easy-to-use interface. You can remove blemishes and wrinkles, apply a tan, change eye color, or even shed a few pounds. Your photos can be turned into a comic, pencil drawing, a wanted poster, and much more. You can take pictures with your webcam, and then apply over 60 online webcam effects.
A classroom idea from Dembo & Bellow (2013) is for students to read about the voyages of the explorers, and create a series of faux postcards with iPiccy to document the journeys. Students can add text to the back of the postcards, sharing with the explorers’ families what the explorers might have shared with them.
Sumo Paint (http://sumopaint.com)
is a full-featured drawing application, much like a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It has both a free version and a premium version. You can upload existing images and use Sumo Paint to crop, resize, and perform basic editing. But what is really unique about Sumo Paint is the brushes and customizable drawing tools. Some of these are chalk, oil, and airbrush. As in Photoshop and Illustrator, there are also layers that can be used to manipulate the transparency or add shadows.
Dembo & Bellow (2013) shared a classroom idea for using Sumo Paint. Students can tell a group story, combining Google Docs and Sumo Paint for the illustrations. For a slideshow, the images can be imported into Slideshare or Voicethread.
Dembo, S. & Bellow, A. (2013). Untangling the web: 20 Tools to power up your teaching. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.