YouTube can’t be beat…

I have been attending a course to learn to teach AP Studio Art.  One of our assignments was to create a collage based on a piece of art in the Art Institute of Chicago.  Since I am in this Tech Tools course, I ventured into collage via YouTube.  I had many technical struggles. My iMovie is very selective about who it communicates with.  Apparently it doesn’t like talking to Garage Band, or iPhoto and barely even YouTube.  But after about 12 hours of monkeying around I created this 3 minute video about Charles Ray’s piece, “Sterling“, shown below.


I would definitely use YouTube as a medium for students to create work, and for me to deliver content, however, the learning curve can be steep if you are trying to do anything very inventive.  I also really object to talking head videos.  They are boring for students.  Why don’t they do a podcast instead?


Now, with your pics…

Try GifBoom to combine your pictures into gifs using your phone.  My experiment is pretty simple, but I saw some terrific examples made by a classmate.  I could use this as an assignment option for students doing photo documentary series, where they have many, many images.  This might be a fast way of viewing their collection as a whole.

Phone Time

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Who doesn’t love to play with their pictures on their phone?  Two of my photo manipulations of pictures I took during a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago are shown above, made with thanks to the free app called PicsArt.  Its relatively intuitive and you can manipulate your photos on your phone!  Lots of fun possibilities.

And for those of you with a competitive streak, check out their contest page.

I will definitely give this option to students for extra credit.

MOOC’s: Let’s discuss

I created a Prezi entitled,  “MOOCs:  A Learning Option?“, for my f2f high school art class.  I would present the Prezi to them in person and use the Prezi slides as a jumping off point for further discussion/information.  Although I don’t have much experience with MOOCs, I have taken a Coursera class on Site Specific Dance that was fantastic and I now am a MOOC convert.

Survey Stuff

I used Survey Monkey to create a much needed survey to be sent (theoretically) to our teacher union members who teach at our school.  This is my first time using Survey Monkey and I like the options available.  I am sure after I become more familiar with it, my surveys can be more sophisticated. I didn’t think it was difficult to learn…but will probably see logic flaws when I get the results back from my survey.  (I would appreciate it if you would take the survey and just pretend to be a teacher at our school.)  Here is the link.

I would use Survey Monkey with my students, but I do think we have to watch the fact that the novelty of this tool has worn thin.  I must get a couple of them per week.  I think students may find them annoying.  But, I still think they are a valid tool for teachers.  I look forward to using them.

Prezi + Paint brushes

I teach a f2f art class for high school and am taking this class to learn new technology.  I tried out Prezi, and decided to use its fun and casual format to address a subject that isn’t my favorite to lecture about, namely paintbrush maintenance.  In this presentation I aimed for an informative, but light hearted approach.  Here is a link to my Prezi:

The learning curve was a little steep at first for me.  I spent about an hour or so, trying to figure it out and then gave up.  I went back the next evening after looking at some of the help videos about how to upload images and was much more successful.  Basically you just have to think of it like a PowerPoint.  Once I realized that, and how to insert images, it went really smoothly.  I think I would definitely use it again, but mostly for topics that are a little less academic than what I do with PowerPoint.

I am glad I tried it.  I think students will enjoy the graphic templates that makes it look very sophisticated.  I hope you enjoy.

Famous Paintings Self-quiz

Famous Paintings in Art History from Wisc-Online would be a fun challenge for my younger students and I would use it in a f2f class as either a warm up, or as a way to use extra time at the end of class.  It could also be given to students as a self practice activity.

It basically is a set of electronic flashcards quizzing students on the names of artists who made the paintings, movements and dates of creation.  It is quick and fun, but isn’t terribly deep, yet I have students who would love demonstrating their objective knowledge about art.