In my post about EdCamp STL, I talk about how another art teacher is so lucky that he has enough iPad devices for every student in his classroom. Sometimes, I really wish that my students had 1:1 devices. Managing 33 iPads would be very difficult since I have almost 350 students this semester, it would probably be more trouble than it is worth to try to protect and save and share student work. It would be much easier if every student had devices with all of my amazing art apps.
When I first applied for my technology grant, I knew that I did not want to use apps as a SUBSTITUTION for real, hands on art processes. I know that there are a lot of sketchbook and drawing apps, but I think kids need the experience of drawing with a real pencil and real paper. I want to be able to show off their work.
In some ways, using apps in art education allow for literal AUGMENTATION, like last year when I collaborated with a classroom teacher using Aurasma. My students got first hand experience with augmented reality and it was really cool!! We created the art product in class, and they wrote a poem and parents could use their artwork as a QR scanner to listen to a recording of their voice reading the poetry.
Almost everyday, I use SMORE flyers to 'flip' the learning. I provide videos and step-by-step images for my students as well as links with websites and artist info for them to access. Instead of spending tons of time lecturing, I can give them access to tons more information that they can investigate, which is much more empowering. Instructional material is MODIFIED in a way that would not be otherwise possible