#COETAIL / Course 1/ Week 3. #Connected Learning.

How to decide your goal?

Boy, it took me long for this post. Even I explored two weeks ago the content about “Connected learning”, it took me a while to digest and put all the puzzles together. I was so impressed seeing the Ted Talk from Kaufman, (The first 20 hours — how to learn anything (TEDx, Kaufman)), that I was imagining that I could do anything. First I dared to think that I could learn Japanese than I was thinking about Piano Classes, or how to organize my house better, but than I realized that still 20 hours is a precious time for me at the moment and I would like to use my new skills in my everyday. So I decided to be pretty practical, and how my computer skills needed urgently to be improved and because of the dire situation of coronavirus, that flipped our learning system to VLE(Virtual Learning Environment) then I jumped to the conclusion, that I would like to achieve the new skills, for effective virtual art teaching. 

We are supposed to learn new skills and prove how we could use our network and strategy to achieve new skills, so here is my plan for achieving my goal.   

My action plan for the new learning / Effective VLE for Art Class

The skills that I want to achieve is to learn how to practice effective VLE (virtual learning environment) for art classes.

I will use my connections around me to learn that. My connections are my colleagues, my COETAIL instructor, my connections from the media platforms. 

Action Plan:

  1. Firstly, I made a twitter account to reach easily a network of other art teachers and some old friends teachers of mine who could connect me further to their connections.

2. Secondly, I talked to my IT colleagues, to help me with some digital tools. 

They explained to me more tools from the seesaw app, because before I was using it quite limited, only to approve posts or send an announcement once in a while. But now I am able to know how to make a video or create activities, etc. I was even introduced to new apps: like Quick Time app or zoom meetings.

3. And afterward, I will apply those digital tools effectively in my virtual art teaching classrooms.

I create everyday small videos for my students with digital programs and posted as an activity on the seesaw.

I am using insightful comments to observe their artworks and guide them.

4. Additionally, I am offering zoom meetings during our physical class time and guide the students online and answering their questions.

5. I record their results and send them to my colleagues and their parents to show their growth and mine as well:).

6. I will post the most successful ones on twitter.

How will you use your research skills, and take advantage of your networks, to help you learn?

I will research on keywords or hashtags like # virtual learning, #online art classes, #PYP Art classes to search on twitter or other media platforms. I will ask some key people, for example, our preview librarian, who has many connections in China,(because she moved there 1year ago), who is also dealing with the virtual system.

How might this learning experience help you empathize with learners in your classroom/school?

Because of this new situation with coronavirus, affected our whole community, this experience will help the best to have a successful transition to a new system of learning, a virtual learning environment. I hope with this experience to help most of the children, who are affected by this, to learn easily at home and have fun.  

I was amazed by the story of Mimi Ito, Connected Learning (Video, Mimi Ito) who was giving a simple example of how her son was inspired by a passionate person(“the aquarium shop guy”) who was working in an aquarium shop. A special person, who met outside the school, open new interests, connect and ignite the passion in the young people, inspiring them in a natural way to do something that they love.  

What I love most is creating my art and expressing my ideas, memories, dreams with art and share with the people. I enjoy sharing knowledge, my passion for art, connecting with my students, with the hope that it would be life-changing. I hope that my students will go one day to the museums and appreciate art, that they could think out of the box and be creative, and that they could enjoy creating art, having a balanced life.

That’s why every day counts when I am teaching my students and I would like to be effective in all the teaching forms, virtual or real.

2 Replies to “#COETAIL / Course 1/ Week 3. #Connected Learning.”

  1. Dear Simona,

    I found your blog post really valuable. Your idea to use VLE for art classes is just great! Also, I think that real inspiration can often come when you are away from the educational institution, therefore YouTube channel with videos would be useful as well :))
    If you don’t mind, I would like to tell about the VLE to our Art teacher, who also is an IB teacher and spends a lot of extra time with her students discussing their artworks. Using VLE for art classes must be really useful, especially knowing how different our understanding and vision of the surrounding world is and how different students’ artworks come up even after trying to depict the same object. It is amazing how much we can learn from each other.

    I have some experience with Adobe Photoshop while working on the creation of our School Yearbook pages and I was really amazed as I observed students using Photoshop and other tools they were provided to create a YB page. As they got the basic concepts of the tools, they started improvising and used them in many different ways, which I didn’t even envision before. I can only imagine how boring our Yearbook would look like if it wouldn’t be created by students. Moreover, students know so much, just because they are not afraid of experimenting with given tools as well as looking everywhere for more new information.

    How old are your students? Do you use any digital tools of creation artwork, anything like digital drawing tools?

    1. Dear Julija,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I am very happy to hear that. Yes, please share with the Art Teacher from your school the information about VLE and my contact. I am on twitter as well now, also with the hope to exchange ideas. I think it is so useful so exchange knowledge, experiences, and ideas and to learn together.
      My students are from Junior Preschool(2-3y) up to 5th Grade(11y). So I am teaching from the Early Learning Center to Elementary School.
      I am using with Elementary students, IPads, Seesaw, and IMovie.

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