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 a very tangible way. I did download the POTTERY app...and my students love it....but it is nothing like using real clay on a pottery wheel and it never will be.
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 with their classroom teacher, and parents could scan their artwork 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 WAY more information that they can investigate on their own, which is much more empowering. Instructional material is MODIFIED in a way that would not be otherwise possible without the use of technology devices.
In my enrichment class, a partner teacher and I are REDEFINING what can be done with a project that we don't even fully understand yet. The project is very broad in scope and has many components. We made up some elements, and the students are working in groups to create something that we can't quite fathom.....
1---Created a 'tweeter' poster. Students and staff take 'tweeter' on trips or mail him to family (like Flat Stanley) and then Tweet us with a picture from a cool location.
2---Students plotted those locations on a map using google maps and google earth.
3--Students research and find images on one location, where Tweeters has been.
4--Students use Green Screen app and iMovie to create movie trailers about their location. They can use any of the movie trailer formats---it is super exciting to work with them to film the videos, and the green screen adds an incredibly customizable format that we are still figuring out.
If you are interested in how I use the SAMR method in my classroom, please consider signing up for the EdCamp Joplin on March 28th. I will be talking about how I use iPads and apps and really transformed my classroom with technology in an amazing way. I will be presenting and I will have some giveaways from some of my favorite things!!