Saturday, November 1, 2014

iPad Scavenger Hunt Critiques with 4th grade!

This past spring I had the amazing opportunity to be part of a pilot program for iPad's in Education. We worked with Fordham University to analyze how beneficial (or non beneficial) iPads would be for student learning. I was so impressed! Student retention of vocabulary and skills increased. Not only that, but as we transitioned to doing everything on the iPads, they were actually asking for opportunities to write and take tests! I love using this technology not only for creating art, but also for classroom management, writing, researching, and even fun ways to study and take tests. 

Recently I adapted my art history lesson on masks to include a scavenger hunt with their QR reader and critique writing in Evernote! A QR reader will scan bar codes that will send students to either a file, image, or website. I set them up to send my students to images on the web of masks from around the world. Evernote is an internet based notebook style program that can be used as an app on iPads or as a program downloaded on a PC. It will sync back and forth between devices so you can always access the most current version of whatever you have worked on in either place. My theory was that I could have them write in Evernote on any iPad device and it would sync to my computer to look at later. I would then get the added benefit of being able to to run the lesson paperless!

Left side shows folders organizing classes. Right side shows different notes students created in Evernote

Students were to select a QR code to scan and view then open Evernote to write an aesthetic response as a group. They were shown how to switch back and forth between the image in the QR reader and Evernote to write. After finishing their critique, their next activity was to open a new camera note and take a picture of a mask. Evernote has a great feature that allows you to annotate on the image. Students were able to then demonstrate to me where they could see examples of line, shape, color, and other fun details about the mask that they liked. They could select color options (they "ooo" and "aaah" over this) and tool options, such as arrows (super fun!) and text for annotating. My special needs students and severely handicapped students loved being able to leave a voice note instead of writing. 
    Writing Sample in Evernote
Management included: 
  • One iPad per group of 3-4 students (for special needs students a 1:2 ratio would be better)
  • Using class Dojo rewards system to reward students 
  • Setting up the iPad a week before the lesson 
  • Checking everything worked before they arrived
  • Setting up a class iCloud email address (any email would be fine) and using this class email for the Evernote account  on each iPad
  • In Evernote, creating a 4th grade notebook stack 
  • Each class having their own notebook
  • Inside their class notebook a group note with their writing example-they wrote below the example
  • A voice note with directions for each class
I am truly loving having the opportunity to freshen up old lessons and see the students love writing about art! 

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