Last year at Colorado Art Education Associations conference, I attended Portia Munson's master workshop. Portia creates these amazing photos by using a scanner. Portia is very inspirational. I was instantly interested in the idea of using a scanner in my classroom. I knew it would be a great technology integration lesson. Find more of Portia's artwork here.
Initially, my students had a demonstration on the scanner using drawings. This particular class likes my curiosity bin so I thought it was great opportunity to instruct a small group on scanning items. They learned how to place items on the scanner with the intention of creating symmetry, balance, and/or pattern. The students also learned how to save, edit, and move images on the computer. I did not demonstrate how to manipulate the light on the scanner. I think that will be our next class demonstration by just using boxes over the scanner to darken the image background.
My school has school wide rules. They are be respectful, responsible, and safe. This year we added two additional rules of be kind and a learner. I saw Tricia Fugelstad's lesson "How to be kind". I knew I had a prefect integration opportunity. I had 1st & 2nd graders do this project to introduce them to the green screen.
I explained that we were creating hearts for the green screen. One boy said, "So, we are cutting them out for our video". Using the green screen is really like magic to them! Here are two results for this project.
I had students draw their own hearts. I encouraged them to be creative with their designs. I helped them use the Do Ink Green Screen app to get their images on the screen for the video.
We used the Do Ink Animation App for the animated hearts. It was really easy for the kids to do.
I usually spend a month focusing on Stretch & Explore with the students. It's a great time to practice Stop Motion. I use Stop Motion Studio app. It is easy and has some good feature. These are the results of some practice films.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher