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Blended Learning in the 2D Digital Art Classroom

We’re 3/4 of the way through the first trimester in 2D Digital Art, and we’ve been working on a number of projects including:

  • Drawing/tracing in photoshop
  • Photo retouching
  • Face swap (taking one person’s face and seamlessly merging it with another person’s face)
  • Cinemagraphs
  • My Favorite Things (iMovie video)
  • Recovering the classics contest

Many of the projects require 7-8 45 minute classes to complete, including at least one session of in-class instruction and ongoing support. This semester, on average, each project took 5-6 classes to complete. Over 80% of the students had little to no experience using Photoshop before this class. How is it that learning was able to be sped up while accounting for the various levels of expertise? By using blended learning!

How it works in the 2D Digital Art Classroom:

  • The assignment is posted on the 2D Digital Art online class page (HamliNet)
  • The assignment includes at least one tutorial video, and the rubric:

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  • As students begin completing the project, a new project is added, so those students can move ahead in their work.
  • Teacher time in the classroom is mainly spent checking in with students 1:1 or in small groups, reviewing how the project is going, troubleshooting, brainstorming, and providing feedback.

 

On/line Teen Dance Festival … Teacher Reflection

Last week Hamlin dance teacher Jill Randall her first annual on/line teen dance film festival.  The video highlighting the successful entries has already had more than two hundred views.


First Annual On/Line Teen Dance Film Festival – 2015 on Vimeo.

Participating Schools:
International School of Bangkok
Idaho Arts Charter School (Nampa, Idaho)
The Public Academy for the Performing Arts (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Sandy Spring Friends School
La Reina High School  (Thousand Oaks, California)
Carolina Friends School (Durham, North Carolina)

We believe that EFFECTIVE teaching is REFLECTIVE teaching – here is her reflection on the project’s success(es):

Goals going into the project:
The On/Line Teen Dance Film Festival is a natural extension of the “dance for the camera” work that we have been doing at Hamlin over the past four years with 7th and 8th grade students. We wanted to think outside of these school walls and see what other middle school and high school dancers are doing around the United States, as well as other countries. How and why is dance important in teens’ lives and in education?

How we were successful in meeting those goals:
We had a great first attempt with the project! With the wonderful support of Hamlin teachers and staff (including Wanda Holland Greene, Marisa Bellingrath, Rose Helm, Jim Lengel, Rachel Davis, and Mark Picketts), we got the application out through several education, tech, and dance networks around the world. Twenty schools sent in letters of interest, and about 15 schools completed the process and submitted films. The Hamlin students were excited to see the responses. The students created a thorough rubric to assess the films. Lots of great conversations, connections, and inspiration came out of this.

When we do it again, we will……
We are already excited about next year. We will select a theme that all submissions must relate to, to deepen the connections and conversations. We also will be articulating more for the Hamlin students – and for all applicants – more tips and tools related to film editing. What questions are the dancers trying to answer? What does a film offer that a dance onstage does not?

Stumbling blocks:
Keeping track of all of the applications and submitted films! We will create a different system for next year.