From Cool To Tool 

Jeff Bailey, Mountain Valley High School, Rumford, ME
Dan Ryder, Mt. Blue High School, Farmington, ME
Kate Smith, Central School, PreK-3rd Music, South Berwick, ME

 

Workshop Details 

When technology is purposefully and meaningfully integrated into a lesson, it can lead to deeper understanding while offering new outlets of creativity. From 3D printing, to remix, mashup and improv, we are sure to have something of interest to you. Need tech tips for management and organization of materials? We can do that too. Grades PK-12 All Educators 

 

Presenter Bios

Kate is the elementary music teacher at Central School in South Berwick, Maine. She has been an MAAI Teacher Leader since 2014. Kate is the 2014 York County Teacher of the Year. Kate's interests include arts and technology integration, school gardens and hiking. 

 

Jeff spent 10 years teaching high school English at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford and then took a brave leap in a new direction. He now teaches technology electives including video production, architectural design and engineering. Jeff has presented at many conferences, including ACTEM. Jeff is the 2014 Oxford County Teacher of the Year. In addition to technology, he is a frequent performer with the Teachers

Lounge Mafia Improv. Find Jeff on twitter @jbailey8.

 

Dan is an educator by trade, generalist by practice, and a 16-year veteran English teacher and improv coach at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. He is an adjunct instructor at UMF, and presents workshops on technology integration, improvisation and design thinking. As co-founder of the education podcast and blog Wicked DecentLearning, he can be followed on Twitter @wickeddecent. Dan’s improv skills can be seen on display with Teachers Lounge Mafia Impro. 

 

link to overview video

 

Outline & linked resources

 

1. How can the integration of technology fuel creativity?

     

2. Identifying challenges- Reflect on the topic of today’s session.  Rose/Bud/Thorn activity.
     a. individual processing time 
     b. choose two items to put on post-its
     c. group share and identification of trends 

 

3. How can I use technology to deepen and broaden student learning while fueling creativity?
     Example: Garageband Soundscapes Project -2nd & 3rd grade

   

4.Mini Workshop:
     a. Camera Angles 
     b. Color & Design  
     c. Multi-Media

 

Q and A 

 

Additional Resources:
Make Music


Incredibox
Introduce rhythm and a capella music through this fun, interactive Flash website. Very simple to use. SImilar to Garageband in it’s use of pre-recorded loops. 


Garageband
A software application found on Macs that allows users to create their own music or podcasts. It has a sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers.It is easy to play, record, create and share your own music. 


Soundation
A web based sequence application with loops, effects and virtual instruments. It is similar to Garageband. The advantage is that students can access their projects from home and from any device.

 

Scratch Programming for Kids:Music

Check out this collection of how kids are using easy computer programming to make digital music.  AND Remix it yourself.

 

Beatlab

A space to generate beats that can be saved and shared.  Easy, entry level sequencing with lots of variety too. 

 

Make Art

2D Art


Paper by Fifty-Three 

Only available for iPad, but one of the best digital drawing apps on the market.  And free.  Very free with a cool remixing and sharing community.

 

Noteability 

On the MLTI iPad image, a less art focused, but no less creative app for drawing and noting and creating.

 

Scratch Programming for Kids:Art:  

Check out this collection of how kids are using easy computer programming to make digital art.  Remix it yourself.  Also check out animations here

 

Thinglink 

A great tool for making an overlay for a digital image to add annotations, video, audio or weblinks. 

 

Toy Theater 

Great site to let younger kids, draw, doodle, spin and spiral their art.  Also build with 3D blocks and shapes.

 

ColourLovers  

Create and save custom color palettes and get the hex codes for use in digital projects.

 

Over & Quick  

Easy to use apps (Over is pay and inexpensive, Quick is free and limited in function) that enable one to add text and clip art to images as one finds on Pinterest.


Make Movies

 

iMovie

is on iPad or on Mac computers and is an easy and powerful way to make movie projects of all kinds.  Add photos, music, title slides, transitions and even add some visual and sound effects. 

 

Vine App

create short, looping videos

 

Instagram

good for photos and equally great for short video

 

Powtoon

Easily create cartoon animations.

 

Voicethread

Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting

 

Abcya Animate

A surprisingly capable animation tool on a well designed site intended for younger users.  Students of all ages can find value in this tool.

 

Chatterpix

take a photo, draw a line for a mouth and record your voice. Now watch your photo talk! Fun way to  capture and share student learning.  Student Example  and Blog post

 

Grammar of TV and Film

Visual reference for camera angles and techniques.  Easy for students. 


Film Studies 101

Examples of great camera shots from famous movies.


Communities & Collections of Creativity

 

Amy Burvall’s MakEduJour  

An open Google+ community where participants share strategies & activities one can use to demonstrate understanding through creative expression of all sorts.  One can get lost for days in the examples and ideas.

 

Writer, artist, poet, cartoonist Austin Kleon consistently shares fascinating ideas and inspirations.  His works Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! are must reads.

 

Maria Popova and her team at Brain Pickings curates amazing articles and primary source materials every day.  This link takes you to all items tagged creativity.

 

ds106 is an open online course full of creative assignments and prompts designed to challenge our traditional way of expressing ideas and communicating understanding.  Some are very silly.  Others are very poignant.  Another place to get lost exploring.


3D Printing resources

 

3D printers are dropping in price (Home Depot currently has the Makerbot Replicator Mini for only $1,400). And plastic refills last a long time and are inexpensive to replace (generally $50-100 per roll).

Browse what people have already made (and download a print a copy yourself)

 

Thingiverse.com  
This site is a one stop place for people to share 3D printed creations.  You can see what they have created and read comments from others who have printed the designs.  They are all available free of charge.

 

Sketchup 3D Warehouse  
This site has free 3D models of almost anything you could imagine, all made with the 3D modeling program, Sketchup.  They can be downloaded into the software and 3D printed.

 

Modify existing designs:  

 

Thingiverse Customizer 
includes specially designed objects that allow you to customize them easily and print them.

 

Apps:


Makerbot Printshop  

Lets you easily create and modify 3D Text, bracelets, and rings. Simple interface that lets you be an artist instantly and print your creations to fit your size.  iPad Only

 

Morphi

Lets you get started building 3D models on your iPad or altering existing models.  The files can be emailed for 3D printing. iPad Only

 

Tinkerplay

Lets you build from sets of arms, legs torsos and heads to make your own posable action figure complete with add ons like swords.  The file can be emailed and 3D printed.  iPad or Android

 

123D Sculpt  

Use sculpting techniques on your iPad to either modify objects like human heads, bodies, or animals.  You can also start from basic geometry (like a cube).  iPad or Android

 

123D Design  

Use to modify one of the many example 3D models, or create your own from scratch.  iPad, PC or Mac compatible.


Create something of your own:


Sketchup Pro

Runs on PC or Mac.  You can use the demo version with all the functions for 8 hours but if you are an MLTI school in Maine, you can request a free Pro License from MLTI so that it won’t expire.

 

TinkerCAD

Is a great intermediate tool for 3D models.  It is easy to get started but has some good features to make models your own.  

 

Apps:


Blokify

Is a very child-friendly app that lets you build in a series of cubes great for elementary grades.  The file can be emailed from the iPad and then 3D printed.

 

Morphi

Lets you get started building 3D models on your iPad or altering existing models.  
The files can be emailed for 3D printing.

 

123D Sculpt  

Use sculpting techniques on your iPad to either modify objects like human heads, bodies, or animals.  You can also start from basic geometry (like a cube).  iPad or Android

 

123D Design  

Use to modify one of the many example 3D models, or create your own from scratch.  iPad, PC or Mac compatible.

 

Formit 360

From Autodesk lets you build 3D models from scratch fairly quickly on your iPad, PC, Mac or Android device.

 

Shapeways

If you have created a 3D model you’d like to be printed out of more materials, (metals, woods, ceramics, etc), check out Shapeways.  For a price, they will print your model in one of their many different materials and ship it to you. You can even sell your creations on their site.  


 

Call us:

207.287.2713

Write us: 

Maine Arts Commission

Attn: Argy Nestor

193 State Street, 25 SHS

Augusta, Maine 04333-0025

E-mail us: 

Argy Nestor: argy.nestor@maine.gov

Catherine Ring: ms.catherinering@gmail.com

Rob Westerberg: mainellama4@gmail.com

~ The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative is a program of the Maine Arts Commission ~