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[teacherartexchange] Distance learning

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From: Michal Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 13 2010 - 14:28:57 PST


> I teach Distance Learning classes daily, having 3 other schools
> connect to my classroom. We do everything I did before adding the
> distance schools, but there are several neat things you can do
> through the conferencing. One of my favorite activities, which I do
> at the beginning of the year as a "getting to know you" type of
> activity is "Who Lives Here?" (for lack of a better title!) I have
> each classroom write detailed descriptions of their home. The more
> details the better this works. I then swap the descriptions between
> the schools & students draw based only on the written descriptions.
> They are not allowed to ask questions. Then we put the drawings on
> the document camera (they can hold the pictures up in front of the
> video conferencing camera, but it's not as fluid). Students identify
> their houses, with discussions, laughs, & enjoyment. An alternative
> to this is to have them create a monster - you can google "Monster
> Exchange" which is where I got the house drawing idea.
>
> Swapping postcards is fun as well. Each student starts a postcard -
> drawing, collage, paint - whatever they want to create a basic
> artwork. Then swap with the other school & have them "finish" the
> postcard. Share during video conferencing, having students discuss
> their initial reactions, why they made the additions they did, what
> their own interpretations of the original artworks were. The main
> thing you want when conferencing is to have the students interact.
> Otherwise it's pretty pointless. I would LOVE to hear what you end
> up doing - I am always looking for new ideas! :)
~Michal

>
> Hello everyone,
>
> A quick question...I got an offer from a fellow art teacher in
> Pittsburgh who's interested in doing something with video conferencing
> between our art rooms. This would be my first foray into it, but I"m
> totally jazzed at the idea. The other art teaching doesn't really
> have any concrete ideas either about what to do, so I thought I'd
> throw it out there to see if any of you have had experience with it,
> or ideas or even references where I could find some ideas. Let me
> know! Thanks :)

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