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!!
Now that I know more about the endless possibilities of the QR code, the next question is how can I use it in my classroom?
Here is a link to iste, a site that had all the lastest information on technology for schools.
There are numerous ways the QR code can be used in schools. Considering most students have their phones at school, take advantage of the technology and make the phones work with you instead of against you.
Placing QR codes in books, on your classroom door, on a calendar, or even on a worksheet can link students in to what is happening in that class.
I created a QR code that will link students and parents to my class website. I plan on placing this QR code on the beginning of year syllabusso that everyone can keep up with what is happening in Ms.Sloan’s art class.I will also place this QR code on my classroom door so that if anyone missed that day, they can scan the code and link straight to the website with up to date assignments. Here is he code for my smART Class:
Here is a great bitstrip a librarian created to show how she uses QR codes in school
Bitstrips is a Web 2.0 tool that allows users to create avatars of themselves that can then be developed into webcomics. With bitstrips, users can completely customize characters and place them into a wide variety of scenes with props and speech bubbles. Bitstrips for schools allows teachers to create a classroom with avatars for each student. Students can then create webcomics with one another in the classroom.
I think bitstrips is a great classroom tool because almost any subject could incorporate a bitstrip into a lesson. A language art class could easily use bitstrips to improve literacy skills, social studies and science could both create a bitstrip explaining the sequence of events. In the art class, a bitstrip could be created to accompany a lesson on graphic arts and design.
I can see myself using bitstrips in my classroom next year and sharing what I have learned with other teachers in my school.
Here is a link to the Wiki page I helped create with more information on bitstrips:
Here is an example of a completed bitstrip that a fellow student/art teacher made for our presentation: