So the Art teacher is not necessarily the teacher you wouldn't expect to use a lot of technology. However, the art teacher and I have been pairing up a lot these past few months to create some really wonderful and incredibly projects.
We're especially excited about our virtual field trip project we have created! Here's the idea. . . . .
Her Art 2 students do a composition project where they found a piece of art they thought was interesting, zoomed into a smaller portion of that painting, and created a larger version of that work. She claimed her students absolutely hated doing this project because they didn't like copying other artists' work. Therefore, she came to me with an idea.
She had wanted to use a virtual walk-through of a museum she had seen in the past, but she wasn't sure exactly how to do it. Confused, she asked me if there was any ideas I had on how to use that walk through with her composition projects.
I brought Google Art Project to her attention. Google Art Project is part of a larger part of Google called Google Cultural Institute. I wrote a blog post about Google Cultural Institute in the past. You can read it HERE. I focused most of my blog post on the Art Project as the art teach and I were developing the project.
In a nutshell, Google Art Project walked through a variety of museums using their Street View technology to let anyone (students) virtually walk through a museum. They also have certain pictures you can zoom into extremely high definition. Perfect for this project!
The art teacher and I went through the list of museums and picked 15 that would be interesting for this project. The question then was. . . . .how do we seamlessly bring students into this project.
THIS Google Slide presentation was created by me with the blessing of the art teacher. I went in an presented it to her class and each student took a picture with their smart phone of the address on the first slide. Then, when they went into the library and got on a computer, they pulled up that address and were directed to the same Google Slide presentation.
Within this presentation are all the instructions and all the links to the museum tours.
Overall, the project was extremely successful. Today, I am presenting this at our staff meeting as an excellent way in which a teacher in using Google tools in their classroom. A teacher you wouldn't expect to!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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