Melissa Swaidner is an Art Specialist at Haverhill Elementary in Southwest Allen County Schools, a 1:1 school. They have K-2nd have IPads and 3rd-5th have laptops. We also have IPads available for our upper grades on a cart if needed.
Ozobots. My school had a class pack to use starting this year. My principal allowed me to brainstorm a way to use them in my art room. Most of the students in our building have done some form of coding, but this was the first introduction to Ozobots for my 2nd graders. These robots follow a marker line drawn by the student. My students used the “Ozobot Code Sheet” to help create their own coding which controls the Ozobot in their design. Artists can use different colored lines to make the Ozobot change colors, and even code with color to make the Ozobot do “tricks”! From spinning to doing a backwalk this little robot is full of fun!!!
The following link shows these amazing robots in action!
Slow Shutter Vintage Photo Camera 8mm. The best thing about this app is it is free! I have included the icon image for you. It does have different settings but is easy to use. We chose the light trail setting and set shutter speed at 0.5. All the other settings we left alone. After experimenting with different settings I decided these were the best settings for our artwork.
As teachers we need to be open to trying something different to let students that are not confident in other mediums to have a time to thrive in our rooms! I am so glad that I integrated technology into my art curriculum as it has given my students a new definition of what art can be.