Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gargoyles 2014

Recycled material paper mache Gargoyles in progress. Enjoy! These masterpieces will be complete in a week or two. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fourth Term BYOD Updates and Reminders

Hello Artists!

It's almost fourth term! With that said, I'd like to take some time to discuss some BYOD updates and reminders. The Bring Your Own Device program is a priviledge here at WKMS and an excellent learning tool we have in place. BYOD has allowed us to eliminate a great deal of paper use in our classroom and I continue to find ways to utilize devices rather than old fashioned ways of teaching and learning. We use the class website, NeelsArtRoom.weebly.com and Edmodo.com on a regular basis to flip our classroom and spend more time in class working on our artwork. Hopefully the BYOD program has taught you ways to effectively use technology to enhance your learning, regularly communicate with your teacher/classmates, and take advantage of the convenient methods of finding or reviewing information needed to succeed in Art. With this wonderful opportunity, safe and appropriate use is something that needs to be discussed regularly.

Please read through all of the updates and reminders below:

1. Update: I recently purchased five laptop computers for our classroom. If you do not bring a device to class or own one, you are welcome to use the computers for research on an upcoming project, to look up images, complete discussion topics, take quizzes, and more.

2. Reminder: Always connect to the FCPS Guest Wifi. The network is filtered therefore spam and inappropriate content will not affect you. Using this feature will keep you safe and limit data usage on your wireless plans.

3. Reminder: Always be positive when commenting on your peers' artwork during Virtual critiques on Edmodo. Use appropriate and professional writing when posting as well. Negative comments can be misinterpreted.

4. Reminder: A.U.P Policy is in place here at WKMS. Review it here. (Mandatory). If you have questions direct message me on Edmodo.

5. Update: Digital security has become a concern. Never give your personal information to anyone. Never let other students use your devices without your permission. Never USE someone else's device without their permission. Do not click on unfamiliar emails or ads that pop up when using a search engine or app.

6. Update: When you are at home, take periodic breaks from your technology. Too much technology use can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol (this was a surprise to me as well). We have a healthy balance in our classroom so please continue to only use your devices when directed. You should also put them away (and on silent) at night and make sure you get plenty of sleep.

Recommended Apps for Download (Not required):
Etch-a-sketch Lite
Graffiti Draw