Writing… with a digital twist!

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:26+00:00 August 18th, 2016|

All students need strong reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to be able to perform in all curricular areas. This is why arts integration is so awesome! Students can strengthen their English Language Arts skills through the use of the arts and technology to create digital stories. They can speak or write about them. Combining art and technology is a great motivator for students of all ages. 

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I had the opportunity at the HOT Schools Summer Institute last month. My favorite professional development occurs when I can learn hands-on, so I lead a workshop for educators where they had time to create. Learning something new is SO important for teachers! Educators who are continually learning can fully remember and understand the learning process that their students go through. It is like a “magic” circle of learning! The teacher learns, makes mistakes. Then the teacher teaches, remembers how they learned, modifies the lesson and then teaches and guides their students.

 

Teachers creating!

Teachers creating!

Visual images help us to remember. As an art teacher, I love using nonlinguistic representations for my own learning and student learning. It is best if students can create their own images. During the workshop, I provided some examples, very brief instruction, some play doh and other assorted materials. The participants dove right in with others or by themselves. Here is a link to the videos that were created in about one hour.

 

Using a mobile device:

  • Students and teachers can create their own content
  • Students can show what they know
  • Easy to use
  • Upload to Google Drive, Dropbox or other “cloud”
  • Can be uploaded to YouTube

 

If you have a device with a camera, you can get a free stop motion app like iMotion or PicPac. Here, I used iMotion and my iPad to create this demo: (watch and retell my story!)

 

You can also use the camera on the device to snap a photo or take a video. Doesn’t every mobile device have a camera these days? And you won’t need to purchase a special app!  Teachers and students can use ChatterPix Kids to make objects “talk.” This app is tons of fun for everyone, and another great way to connect arts integration and technology into different lessons.

 

So, how could you use this with your students? Could you use it for teaching, like this one?   I’d love to hear your ideas, write them in the comments, below!

 

(Bonus: here is the link to my presentation. Enjoy!)

 

 

About the Author:

Amy Traggianese is an elementary visual arts educator and has been an art essentialist at a Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School since 2001. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she has over 25 years of arts integration experience. Amy specializes in integrating language arts, math, science and technology into the art curriculum. She presents at local and national conferences and at HOT School Summer Institutes. Amy is also an active educator voice on Twitter, helps to facilitate #CTedu on Tuesday nights, and loves to connect with other educators through social media.