During this semester in Web 2.0 tools for the Classroom, I have gained a new appreciation for technology in the classroom. Before taking this course, my perception of technology consisted primarily on the idea of hardware being the main source for technology. I had no idea there were all of these wonderful Web 2.0 tools out there to enhance the classroom experience.
I am looking forward to having art classes in the computer lab! Not only can I provided enriched curriculum through Web 2.0 tools such as Bitstrips and Kerpoof, but it gives the students more variety as to what can be done with art beyond paint and paper. The Web 2.0 tools I have encountered also provide wonderful opportunities to teach cross curricular with technology and other subjects such as language arts and social studies.
Having a classroom blog that keeps up with what we are doing in the classroom is a great way for me to communicate with parents, faculty, and other art educators. I have a feeling my students are going to be just as excited as I am about our newly tech savvy art teacher and all of the fun projects in the future!!
Kerpoof is an Web 2.0 tool that allows users to create drawings,pictures,movies, and more. Kerpoof is owned and operated by Disney, making it very kid friendly. Here are a few fun ways you can use Kerpoof:
- Make an animated movie
- Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
- Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
- Tell a story
- Make a drawing
- Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made
Check out this video on Kerpoof for more information.
Not only is Kerpoof fun, but it is a great tool for educators. Kerpoof can be used to create fictional and non-fictional stories for any subject. Pictures can be created to accompany lessons such as the life cycle of a butterfly, places in history with details about the culture, a study of a famous artist, and much more! The possibilities are endless, and the great thing about Kerpoof is that they provide lesson plans to get teachers going!
Using Kerpoof is extremely easy and the website provides directions on how to use al of it’s features. Here is a video on how to make a picture and a video on how to make a movie.
I created an example of how I might use Kerpoof in the art classroom. Students would create a drawing based off of the elements used by Piet Mondrian. Here is my example:
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