Tyler Street Christian Academy
Check point One
My strengths are that I'm flexible and love to laugh.
I can improve by learning to step out of my comfort zone more. Learn to not be frustrated when I can't figure things out, but ask questions.
My focus and plan are to help my students stretch this year. I want them to learn through experimenting. Learning can be fun!
All About Me
My Best Friend is my husband, Glenn Salyers
My favorite food is Chinese food
My favorite color is red
My favorite movie is Beauty & the Beast
I like different genres of music
My favorite sport is football. GO COLTS!
My favorite animal is the giraffe
Check Point 2
I am so excited to use the "blended" stations in Art. Next week we are working on some Native American influenced art. I'm going to put my students in four stations.
Station 1: a video using elink about Native American art.
Station 2: Totem Poles - Students will make a totem pole that reflects their interest. Station 3: Native American dwellings - Students will decide if they want to construct a tepee, wigwam, or long house.
Station 4: Native American influences on food - The students will make a picture of Indian corn.
I've already set up my room for the "blended" stations. I'll post my pictures next week.
Using "Blended Learning" in Art...
The students had a wonderful time going through the stations in Art this week. I found some great little videos to put in elink for them to watch in Station 1. They worked on either coloring a totem pole or creating their own in Station 2. Next, they built a tepee in Station 3. Lastly, they decorated Indian corn in Station 4.
45 minutes is really not long enough for this many stations in Art. I might work on moving it down to three stations next time. The students all said it was the best class yet. They loved having the opportunity to watch the videos that explained each station. It does take a lot of work to make this happen, but I can say for sure the students enjoyed learning in this fashion. I am a bit disappointed that I couldn't figure out how to attach my video to this blog. It showed how we moved from one station to the next. Maybe I'll figure it out for next time.
Check Point #3
Today I had the students use buncee.edu. They made holiday e-cards . I broke the class up into groups and gave them the opportunity to design their own e-cards in Art.
Instead of using paper and art supplies like I have in the past, the students chose to use a computer tablet and a template buncee.edu.
The new tech tool I used was buncee.edu on computer tablets. I think the card speaks for itself in if they enjoyed the project. Anytime I pull out the tablets they are excited. I can see where buncee.edu can be used in other ways for projects in other subjects.
Check Point #4
My goal with this check point is Where To Next? I want my students to encourage others to read their favorite story. The technology I will use this time is Recap. I will allow them to make a short video about their favorite book from the Tyler Street Library. They can give a short summary of the book and why they think others will like it. The ultimate goal is to get the students to be excited about reading and sharing that excitement. I want to make a form that allows the students to share this information as well. I want to add a space on the bottom that allows them to interact. Once another student reads that book they can comment on if they liked the book as well.
Update: I was able to use recap to capture some of our students opinion about their favorite book and why. I know one of the student's video is upside down so consider that one an adventure when you watch it. I tried to get different age groups. They seemed to like the assignment. You can click on the icon below. It will take you to my site. Click on the Teacher backpack.
I was also able to borrow and make some "book tasting" worksheets for the students to use. I haven't used them yet. I do plan to use them this year.
Share something that you have curated.
I've set up a Pinterest for my area of curation for Art and Library as a teacher. I would like to make it more specific.
I went in and specifically set up my Pinterest board for art class. I placed all of the headings for art under Art. Then I added the specific title of that board after the word Art. I chose to do it this way because I have other boards on my site. The way they set up boards on Pinterest is alphabetically. I wanted to still be able to quickly know the subject was "Art", but then know which board would hold for example "elements of color." Now I can see "Art elements of color" when I look on my Pinterest account. Some of the boards could be in different subject areas. For instance, something in Art Winter might also go in Art Watercolors. I chose the most logical spot for me. (lol, emphasis on for me!) Here is my site if you want to have a look at what I've accomplished so far.
(Reflect on Your Learning)Review the objectives and ideas from the Academy, and reflect on the year.
The information I hope to retain from our Digital Fluency Academy is the power of YET. This concept helps me as well as my students. I want my students to know they can think outside of the box. The answer I want doesn't have to be the only answer to a problem.
One of the things I used that both my students and I found fun was buncee.edu. My students loved making Christmas cards for teachers in our school using buncee. There were some bumps in the creative implementation of using buncee on the tablets the students have access to. Once we traversed over those bumps and adapted, the students had a blast in making cards outside of regular paper and crayons. They were able to use the site to a wider capacity than even I set out for them. They were able to problem solve some issues we had on their own. I am so proud of them!
What happens next? Well...I want to take some new ideas we learned this year and implement different forms than the ones I used this year. I want to implement something with the flipped class next year. I want the students to learn about an artist at home, and bring to the limited time we have in class a learned bit of knowledge to share with the class. It would help me to be able to jump into a project much quicker with more time to work on the project and less on learning about the person.