Compiling Resources for an Online Course

Last week, I gave some insight on what I’d be up to for the 5 weeks as a part of my grad school course.  As I mentioned before, I am in the process of designing an all online course for my 8th grade photography class on Schoology, in which they will be collaborating with our youngest students, the Betas (3-4 year olds) on a storytelling project.

I’ve spent quite some time designing the framework for this course,week by week, including carefully choosing a variety of resources, including videos, TedTalks, articles, case studies, discussion posts, and assignments.  All of the selected resources and materials have been added in their designated spots within the Schoology LMS.  As this is a collaborative storytelling project using photography, I’ve added one of the videos that will be apart of my course below.  Is Photography Storytelling?

In addition to gathering resources, I’ve carefully planned out a detailed outline that covers about 50% of the course.  I will expand on this outline in the coming weeks and will update it here, but for now, this is what is being planned for this 5 week course.

A Call to Action!

As learners we are continuously learning from our own mistakes.

Yes, we are educators, but we aren’t perfect, and we don’t always get it right the first time.

With any sort of change initiative, especially on the grand scale of school or district wide change, our efforts don’t always go as planned… which is why I’m pushing for a call to action!

Many of you have been on this journey with me of implementing ePortfolios in my 8th grade photography class.  Currently I’m piloting my plan… and I’m learning.  It hasn’t been “a walk in the park” implementation, and I knew it wouldn’t be.  Luckily, I have the support of my Director of Fine Arts and I’ve been able to have some great discussions of what we could do to make this work.  I’ve created the attached outline in which I address the reasons behind this action research study, what I plan to measure and how I plan to measure them.  Click on the link (or the photo below) to take a look at the plan and give me feedback.  We’re all in this together, right?

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Over at Presbyterian School in Houston, we are in our third year of offering Fine Art elective courses.  I love that I get to combine two of my passions and call it work everyday. For 3 years now, I have been teaching 8th grade photography and after every quarter, I think about new projects I can do with the kids, new ways of teaching, and really, just bigger and better things I can do to help build the Fine Art program at the school.  We are right in the middle of one of the best museum districts in the country.  We have so much at our disposal, and I want to expose these kids to all forms of art- not JUST- photography, as much as I can.  In addition to exposing THEM to art, I want to get THEIR photographs as much exposure as I can as well.  One thing that I started at the beginning of this year, was having each student submit one photograph into the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  This the the oldest and most prestigious art and writing contest in the country. The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents and to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

In late January, I got word that 3 of my students received Honorable Mentions for their photographs, and one student received the Silver Key Award.  I was ecstatic! For our first year submitting art, this was great news.  The three Honorable Mentions are posted below.

Claire Duval- Reflections

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Lily Kyriakides-Crowe- The Dancer

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Gunther Hess- Trapped

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Nicholas Yum won the Silver Key Award for his photograph entitled Spectrum, pictured below.

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On March 5, the ceremony for all Silver Key winners in the Houston Area was held at the Harris County Department of Education.  There was a great talk given by local artist, Justin Garcia, and some amazing art work on display by middle school and high school artists in Houston.

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Nicholas’ art work is currently on display at Texas Art Supply on Montrose in Houston.  This is a great achievement for Nicholas that has given him great exposure!

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