I’d like to wish congratulations to my grade 8 students on graduating Middle School. I have taught several of them for a few years. I made this video for their graduation ceremony. Good luck in High School!
Yesterday, our Middle School students had a day exploring Digital Citizenship with Robyn Treyvaud. Before I slightly elaborate, the day started off discussing the difference between digital citizenship and cyber safety/cyber bullying. They answered this using Twitter in 140 characters with the hashtag #yisdc.
Students considered how they spend their time online and how people may have different personas in different online communities. Naturally, there was discussion on digital footprints. I won’t go into this area, but an analogy that was made that I think is more accurate is that of a digital tattoo. You may think you cover it up, but it’s always there.
Students were then put into groups of four of mixed grade levels and had to create a media product exploring some of the issues raised. They had two hours to plan and create. Then we spent the last hour and half viewing them and discussing the message, strengths of the product and challenges faced.
Here’s an example of a Middle School video:
One more unit down! Grade 8s have just finished their unit on ceramics where they produced a pinch cup and slab plate(s). You can view the work below or directly via Flickr here. You can view the outline of the unit here.
Unfortunately, I forgot to post the pics from last year. You may view those by going directly to the Flickr page here.
My grade 7s are wrapping up their unit on collage. It was sort of an extension from their line drawing unit, where we looked at how we can represent ideas in different forms and mediums. Overall, I’m pleased with the results. The collages were given a coat of gel medium for extra strength and binding. View via the slideshow below or directly through Flickr here.
My grade 6s have finished their unit on printing. It was a tight squeeze but we managed to get it done. View the slideshow below or via Flickr here. (More will be uploaded from 2 other classes in the near future.)
“The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes and narrated by Tom Waits.”
I’ll be doing a digital storytelling unit with grade 7s next year. This video may be one of my examples. Love it!
Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood.
Here is a good resource I stumbled across today if you teach advertising or visual/media literacy. The Key to Media’s Hidden Codes: Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. Learn to decode the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life — from media messages to traffic signs. (via TEDed)
Grade 9 have finished their unit on graphic design. To become familiar with Photoshop/Illustrator, tasks were set where students created a business card and a magazine cover. Students were encouraged to experiment and explore the different tools on their own. Their final project was to design a cover for the school handbook. View the slideshow below or via Flickr here.