Monthly Archives: June 2012


I thought that while I was adding some info, I might add a link to another tool that I have worked with lately.  Screencasting and Kerpoof!  Actually, the link below is a screencast of kerpoof, crazy I know!  Anyway, kerpoof is a site designed for use by younger grade students where they can design books and storylines as well as drawings and pictures.  Screencasting is a tool that allows you to record the user process of any web tool for further use and instruction.  Both are new tools to me that I look forward to adding to my repertoire!

Screencast and Kerpoof


Hello again!  Well, I have spent some time learning all kinds of new web tools and boy has it been an adventure!  I have discovered that it seems to take me a long time to learn any new technology, maybe it is my age maybe I am just not a computer person, who knows.  Anyway I have been reflecting on all of this new technology and how I might use this in my future art classroom.   I have included a sample motivator that I have been able to develop on a website called glogster.  The unit plan that goes along with this motivator focuses on upcycling used plastic bottles into beautiful art products, based on the style of Dale Chihuly’s glass art.  I am excited to be able to incorporate such technology in the classroom.  However, looking back on the glog, I have now realized that it could also be used as an in-service presentation on the possibilities of recycling.  The website allows you to develop multimedia presentations on any subject and is a fantastic resource for teachers as well as any profession.  In fact, students could use this site as a presentation tool for research projects.  I hope you enjoy checking it out!


Flickr Slideshow


This slideshow is a collection of personal landscape photos that I have taken over the course of the last year.  As an art educator I could use this slide show as an example of how to incorporate personal expression into an assignment.  During a unit on perspective and landscape design that focuses on the development of the foreground, middle gorund and background, I could share these photos with students and discuss the elements of the design while also discussing my personal choices and decisions as the photographer/artist.  The following two educational standards reflect the use of this slideshow in a standards driven art classroom.

Content standard 3.1.c.   Create artworks that explore the uses of the elements of art and principles of design to express personal meaning.

NETS  1.c. Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers: promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.

I hope you enjoy the photos!!


Flickr gallery


My first flickr gallery/slideshow.  I designed this gallery to reflect images of Pablo Picasso and some of his work.  In art classrooms, we are constantly working art history and master artists into our unit plans and this flickr gallery is one way to do just that.  I was able to gather images together in a relatively easy manner that could be used to introduce a unit on abstract art design.  Art is predominantly a visual experience and to be able to incorporate a piece of technology within the classroom enviornment would be invaluable.  I can not wait to see what I can do with some of my personal photos!



As I, again, scrolled through so many great blogs, I was reflecting on all the great ways that blogs can be used within the educational settings that we participate in.  Teachers can use blogs to keep parents and the community connected to what is going on within their classroom, as an advocacy tool and even  as a resource for lesson planning.  Students could use blogs in the classroom for many of the same reasons but also as a learning tool and a self-marketing tool.  I am truly amazed at how many different ways that blogs can be used within our school systems.  My only questions is why are we not using them more?


Ms. Novak is another art teacher that I have located with an awesome blog.  Similar to the previous teacher blogs that I have discovered, Ms. Novak includes posts on product ideas, community projects, artists and cross-curricular lesson plans.  The link included here references some of Ms. Novak’s best classroom management practices.  As a new teacher, it is extremely helpful to have experienced teachers provide little tidbits of information about things that could get lost in the shuffle.  For example, in this post, you will see some end of school recommendations that a new teacher might neglect because all they can think of is the end of the first year of survival.  I am truly grateful for all of the teachers who have developed blogs and shared their ideas.

Ms. Novak


Another teacher blog that I love!  This is the blog of Mr. E., TN Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2012.  This blog is overflowing with information about everything art education, advocacy and community involvement you could think of.  Posts include examples of units, products used within the classroom, examples of work by local artists and a little personal updates, just to name a few.  I included a link to a post that I almost cried over, classroom organization.  No seriously, I openly admit that I am mildly to moderately OCD about certain things and to see such amazing use of wasted wall space turned into beautifully organized supplies, it brought a tear to my eye.  The one thing that caught my attention right away with this blog was the list of links to other great blogs.  Mr. E’s blog is such a great resource of information especially for a new art teacher like myself!!

TN Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2012

Art teacher


I found this blog through links on links of another blog.  I was truly intrigued by how the author presented herself,  as well as how she presented information.  The blog includes posts about her personal life including photos of her son and posts about units that she has conducted within her art classroom.  I truly got the sense that the blog was very personal to her, she put her heart into it.  I particularly enjoyed the post below about color mixing and Sesame Street!  I never would have thought to use an episode of Seaseme Street in an art class but now I will.  I think that one of the main reasons that I enjoyed the blog so much is because I felt a sense of connection to the author, as if I know her.  This does however pose the question of boundaries for me with regards to teacher blogs.  How much personal information is too much?  This is a question that I will pay close attention to as I research more teacher blogs.



Love, love this blog.  This blog is packed full of information and links for teachers who are new to using technology, especially blogging as an added benefit to teaching.  The posts include information on how to technologically manage blogs as well as topics that are designed to stimulate thought and conversation between educators about important topics in education.  For example, this post that I have found here on the blog poses the question of scaffolding vs. struggling and which is more beneficial to students.  What I found most intriguing about this post was the suggestion by the authors to not only respond here on their blog but also to generate the conversation on the readers bl0g sites as well.  I will definitely be referencing this blog in the future for information on how to complete technical tasks as well as discussion topics.