Just had my second ever person blog about my blog. It’s like Googling Google. It’s very exciting knowing that there are other people out there in the world, reading what I have to say and caring about my work and my students’ work. Check out the post on The Art Classroom here.
In other news, I just returned from the Virginia Art Education Association conference in Richmond this weekend. I attended Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and I definitely had my favorites. I will continue to review my top three this week. Here is the first:
Thursday 2:00-2:50pm- SMART about Art- by Casey Clark
I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation- this presenter reviewed interactive websites that are useful for elementary art teachers for use with the SMARTboard or interactive whiteboard. She reviewed sites that she had used in her class- some of these I have already found and used in the past, others were new to me and looked like a ton of fun. I especially appreciated Ms. Clark’s suggestion to use the SMARTboard for more than just introducing lessons or presenting new information. I frequently use my board to demonstrate worksheets or using ArtRage to present painting and drawing lessons, but I rarely use the SMARTboard for short reviews or mini lessons, nor had I ever tried to incorporate SMARTboard activities for closure at the end of class, and I would love to have interactive sites ready for student use at the end of class. Using the SMARTboard for introductions seems to really get students engaged at the beginning of a lesson, and it would be great to send students away with that same energy- perhaps with the link to an art website that they could use at home or during free computer lab time with their classroom teachers. Here are a few of my favorite links that she showed us:
The Artist’s Toolkit from Artsconnected– great for mini-lessons to introduce or review art concepts.
More conference reviews to come- just have to make it to the Thanksgiving Break and past Turkey Day.