Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taking Art to a New Level at Barbers Hill Elementary South

As told by +Michelle Johnson, Elementary School South, Art

The art students at BHE South have been exploring with the new technology we have in our art room.

4th and 5th grade art students are using the new technology we have this year in our classroom to look up art work and artists to inspire them as they work on projects and to do research about their favorite artist. Students are able to upload their own artwork to the online student art gallery Artsonia using the tablets as well as write artist statements about their artwork. The most exciting thing about using the chromebooks so far is showing my students how to go to Google Classroom and log on to my art classroom. There my art students have the opportunity to evaluate and analyze art by doing the 4 step process we are currently doing in our physical classroom to reinforce higher level critical thinking while looking, describing, thinking and connecting to art. A huge thank you to +Suzie Wilburn for encouraging me and teaching me how to do the Google Classroom!  The kids love it…when my artists are finished with their projects they ask if they can get a chrome book and log on to the art classroom and of course I say, YES!!!
2nd and 3rd graders are able to upload artwork to Artsonia and write artist statements as well using the new tablets in our room. They also have access to educational art games to help them to create, problem solve, focus and collaborate with other students. They are very excited to use the tablets when they finish with their projects and I am excited to see where this new level (using technology in the art room) will take us in the future.

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