Mid-way through the third week-ish of school, so nine days in, we are settling in and already having meaningful experiences. Thanks to first day roll-outs of iPads, we were able to get right to work (thank you Mr. Quinn and tech crew). I have been introducing the tech components of our routines through authentic processes and it is going well.
At this time, all students have enrolled in their Google Classroom (GC) classes, which is new to 5th grade students and parents. I will be using GC to send out assignments, collect images of finished work, and distribute resources and demos. In the art room, students take photos of their artwork at varying stages and post the photos to GC for me to see. Students will also write artist statements to reflect on their work. My students and I have found GC to be super helpful over the past couple of years with the centralized instruction and efficient sharing of resources it offers.
I have enabled parent emails for all of the classes. Parents may sign in to receive summaries of our weekly activity. You may not actually participate in the class, but instead observe what we are doing. For information on just how to do that, visit Guidelines for Guardians. Please know if you ever have questions about your child’s class, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All student names and parent emails as provided to the district have been uploaded to Artsonia, our online portfolio. I used the first email account associated with each student. Most families have responded to the email received from Artsonia and granted permission for their child to participate. If you are having trouble doing that, please let me know so I can help you.
Art Club is starting on September 27. Art Club meets on Wednesdays after school and runs independent of Enrichment, although it follows the same schedule. Please download this file: Art Club 1 2017.18 to register your child for grades 5/6 Art Club.
Flat Clay! What Did You Say?
On Tuesdays after school we’ll be getting our hands nice and dirty with clay. See the description below within the Enrichment brochure and register here.
International Dot Day
I have saved the best for last!
In the Miscoe Hill 5/6Art room we have had a blast creating dots and watching them come to life using the Quiver app on iPads. Why create dots? Because of the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Here is a narrated video of the story:
We colored in templates made by Quiver and then used the app to view the dots we have made. Quiver uses Augmented Reality to transform the dots into dynamic, moving dots. You can download the Quiver app to any mobile device, print the template, and view the dots with Augmented Reality.
As students view their dots with augmented reality, I’ve been capturing them in videos on my iPad. Here is a compilation of some of their artwork and our chats as they viewed their work with augmented reality:
Nice work, right? The video will be posted on the International Dot Day wall and on Twitter with the hashtag #DotDay17. Almost ten million dot makers will participate in International Dot Day this year!
To see a heart-warming story about one a former student and the impact Dot Day had on her, please follow this link: Shea on Fablevision
And always remember: