Saturday, August 11, 2012


For your final 11 Tools post, answer these questions:

1. What are your favorite tools you now have in your personal technology toolbox? Briefly describe a particular activity that you will plan for your students using at least one of these new tools.I have always enjoyed animoto as a class tool to use to highlight the successes of my students.  If there were a way to download photos into the ipads and have each student take their own photos and then do their own animotos of the year of their projects and creating an online portfolio, I would love to see something like that being a feasible part of what I do. highlights each student's work, but is very tedious in order to download, label, edit every single student's artwork.  If there were a project based site that would allow the students to photograph their work, and do it themselves, I would love to see that.  It would be a great way for online assessment for both the students, myself and for their parents to see.

2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? How has your vision for your classroom changed? Are you going to need to make any changes to your classroom to accommodate the 21st Century learner?I will definitely have to make changes to my classroom in order to accommodate the 21st Century learner.  I can't say that my feelings towards incorporating this into my classroom has changed much as to with what I am supposed to be teaching in my class.  As an art teacher, I have project based learning with handson experimentation in order to create the product.  With very little time next year in actual class time, I would see this being problematic trying to incorporate this into everyday learning.  I would love a way to have a piece in every student's hand which would update the daily warm up so that they have to answer it on their own blog or something incorporating the reading/ writing aspect of what I teach, however... again, with this aspect... trying to do the ART part on the blog doesn't work.... this would surely be something that I would have to really "see to believe" in order to make it work!
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I can't say yet whether or not that there were unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised me.  I do think, however, that with each department (LA, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, VISUAL ARTS, PERFORMING ARTS) meeting with eachother almost monthly with a district coordinator(from what I hear anyway) that this program could be more geared towards individual expectations for each department.  I think it would be a much better learning experience being able to post directly to a group of Art Teachers to see where we ALL struggle, what we ALL feel, and so that district personnel who are watching the site, could hone in on specific departments and possibly get "specialist in that particular field" to help out.  With varied skill sets, art teachers teach basic concepts, but all in their own way.  All hands-on and all covering the basics and beyond of art techniques.  I feel like technology in a non-technology based art class will be used as an afterthought (sorry to be so negative).  I do not want the kids "playing games" when they could be mixing paints, making sculptures, or creating collages.  When they sign up for a digital art class such as graphics design, autoCADD for designers/architects, and photography/journalism where the technology is hands-on and used daily to accomplish their technology driven curriculum, I feel that they will be getting the basics of technology from those teachers....
(this is hard to explain I guess...sorry)

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