#COETAIL/ Course 1/ Week4/ #How can we effectively, practically and authentically embed technology within our curricular areas?

I am very happy that lately, I took the courage and I was geeking out, how to use some technology tools for my VLE. Firstly I tried out google meet, then our school decided to switch on zoom meetings. And overnight, here I am daily using zoom meetings.

How have you planned for tech-rich learning in the past?

In the past my tech-rich learning experience was limited. I was very angry when students were lost in their online research about a theme and not stepping into the next phases like planning, drafting and creating.

For this, I was bringing myself as much informational material and I was inviting them to step into action. The only part when I invited them to use the media was once in a while for seesaw recording and sharing.

 Share a reflection about a tech-rich lesson you have taught/facilitated.

After reading the insightful articles last week from my #COETAIL Study,  I was inspired by Kim Cofino, to start with planning my practical use of technology in my teaching practice. I was impressed by her thinking to start backward with the result, and the key question “What do you want students to know and be able to do at the end of this unit? “(3 Steps to Transforming Learning in Your Classroom (Cofino))

So my answer is, I would like that my students will remember some art styles and movements, like Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Art, etc and to have a wide visual vocabulary to express their ideas and feelings. I want to make them feel confident using the elements of arts such as color, line, and shapes, texture, form, space, etc to express themself and have solid knowledge. I hope that they will understand the elements of the arts and master their art skills and afterward present/communicate them with the help of media tools/skills. I hope, the students will have a good appreciation for art and enjoy exploring it, online or visiting art galleries, museums and often creating art by themself.

Recently, because our situation with coronavirus, forced us to move on the VLE, I could plan and embed the technology benefits in my teaching.

I was using a very structured plan on my planned activity/ art class that I was launching via seesaw posting for each class before 8 o’clock. I recorded myself via Quick Time Player with short videos about the art lesson. I was using even voice recording and scrolling, pointing more on the picture, explaining more precisely. I was triggering questions and inviting them to search more and find answers. Afterward, I was giving bonus tasks for research of a special artwork, or interview, documentary via attached links. 

How might this week’s content influence how you plan for tech-rich learning?

As Kim Cofino says: “If you are sharing kids’ work online, find them an AUDIENCE”, I tried my best to do so.

This week was quite successful because I could learn from my experience. Based on my results of the previous experience, how much information should I give, and reduce the vocabulary and examples for the little ones, and encourage them enough to be motivated to create and give their best? I learned to mention they’re good results in our shout outs and virtual assemblies and virtual talent shows at the end of the week. To post on the weekly newsletter some of their artworks to feel proud by themself and gain more confidence, that they have an “authentic audience”. According to those aspects, I planned in simple clear steps and I asked them to do their best and take enough time to complete their art task, then to take an accurate picture with a clear comment guided on my questions, afterward to post, upload their artworks and reflections on the seesaw journal. Because not everyone has art supplies at home, I encourage them to use even digital tools, like to draw and color with the iPad.

Anyway, it was very motivating for them to create their artworks to share with the public.

Our “Virtual Upper Elementary Talent Show ” Assembly from today, organized by Mrs. Beavers(our music teacher), and our ISB community.

Virtual Learning Art Class via Zoom conference.

#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.

Goals

I would like to become an inspiring art teacher. A teacher who can combine art traditional skills with technology and is connected around the world.

During my learning journey, I would like to focus on the following ISTE Standards for Students:

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

6a

Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

6b

Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

6c

Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

6d

Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

And as an Educator: 

Collaboratordedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.

4a

Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

4b

Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.

4c

Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams,, and students, locally and globally.

4d

Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.

2)

My learning goal is to become a collaborator, (from ISTE Standards) and learning/ exchanging experiences from other inspiring teachers around. I would like to develop authentic collaborations with different colleagues and students. 

Another goal is to be a designer. I wish I could develop a unique style of teaching. I would like to, combine my previews solid founded classical skills with the newly achieved digital/media skills.  I hope I could use more easily technology, to create unique authentic learning experiences.

“Collaborator

Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems. Educators:

4a

Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

4b

Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.

4c

Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

4d

Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.”

ISTE Standard 4 Educators

“Designer

Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability. Educators:

5a

Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

5b

Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active deep learning.

5c

Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.”

ISTE Standard 5 Educators 

How can I do that?

I think combining classical skills(drawing, painting, 3d modeling, printmaking with the new media making little Movies, or combining art and science ideas and practice. (Math and Art, Makerspace, etc)

I would like to combine the ISTE Standards from students to become a creative communicator with my abilities to be a collaborator.

The students will be encouraged to choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Creative Communicator

“Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.”

ISTE Standards for students.

  •  Based on your goals, which stackable certificates have you chosen to pursue? 

Based on the goals I choose to take the classic certificate, however, I am not sure if I shouldn’t have taken the one with credits to have more acknowledgment for the work that we are doing. 

  • How will your goals impact teaching & learning in your day-to-day context?

I will choose the right resources and plan more intentionally for specific learning experiences. 

 Who might you need to ask for support to successfully reach your goals?

I don’t know yet.

On twitter:)!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I am having now an account on twitter. It is the first time when I am using this. I hope I will get around. I hope I can still be creative and know when to switch from the “silent observer” to the active communicator. (maybe I could become an acronymous person). Keep in touch! Simona

And my name on twitter is Simona ArtsEd.

COETAIL# Week 2: Becoming a Researcher

Reading the information in the article, The State of the World’s Children – Children in a Digital World (Unicef) I was surprised to learn that:

“African youth are the least connected. Around 60 percent are not online, compared with just 4 percent in Europe.” I was not aware that so many people from Africa are at such a disadvantage. That is truly unfair. 

I was also surprised that so many young people in Europe are using the internet so intensively. I often visit Europe and I thought that people are more connected with nature and they prefer to meet with their friends and relatives directly than to have interaction with digital media. I have been living in S. Korea since 2013. I believe that in Asia the children are so much more used with electronic devices. Their lifestyle is different.

India’s internet has a massive gender problem—and it’s holding girls back”

“India ‘s internet has a massive gender problem,” says Ananya Bhattacharya in Quarz Website.

I found it very sad also the fact that in India there is gender inequality. 

“There is a digital gender gap as well. Globally, 12 percent more men than women used the internet in 2017. In India, less than one-third of internet users are female.“ That shouldn’t be happening in our society anymore. 


Participation with New Media

One of our favorite family media entertainment

Regarding “The Media and Mediation between Generation”( from the text: Living with New Media (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) I resonate with this way of communication between parents and children playing computer games together. Making it easier to feel closer and open to the interests of your children. In the beginning, I was quite skeptical about this attitude but I wanted to connect more with my children too, and because I love dancing I bought the # computer game for the switch device #Just Dance and we are enjoying it very much during the weekends.

Another famous computer game in South Korea is Brawl Stars, which my children love and I like very much the character ”Poco”. He is shooting with the power of singing, which I found so magical, with his music beam and light brawls balls with music.

How will you actively seek out knowledge instead of letting it come to you? 

I will try to subscribe to important educational websites and blogs and follow up with the inspiring teachers that I like. I will have better keywords and hints on how to research. I will search with Educational Google tools. I will ask more questions to my colleagues.

How might being an active researcher impact your practice? 

Being an active researcher will broaden the horizons of my knowledge, being well informed and making the best choices for those classes that I am teaching to my students and make me feel more confident. I will feel more connected to my colleagues with whom I would ask for advice.

Other questions that arose in this UNIT are:

How will you actively seek out knowledge instead of letting it come to you? 

I will try to subscribe to important educational websites and blogs and follow up with the inspiring teachers that I like. I will have better keywords and hints on how to research. I will search with Educational Google tools. I will ask more questions to my colleagues.

How might being an active researcher impact your practice? 

Being an active researcher will broaden the horizons of my knowledge, being well informed and making the best choices for those classes that I am teaching to my students and make me feel more confident. I will feel more connected to my colleagues with whom I would ask for advice.

Include outside sources to show your researching prowess.

COETAIL# Researcher

https://artlesson.blog/https://artlesson.blog/

http://arteascuola.com/http://arteascuola.com/

https://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/

https://www.britannica.com/https://www.britannica.com/

Children safe search engines

https://www.educatorstechnology.com/2018/01/11-great-kids-safe-search-engines.htmlhttps://www.educatorstechnology.com/2018/01/11-great-kids-safe-search-engines.html

1- https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/kid-safe-browsers-and-search-sites#

2- http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/01/5-safe-search-engines-for-kids.html

3- http://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html

4- https://www.onlinesafetysite.com/best-search-engine-for-kids

5- https://www.familyeducation.com/life/internet-safety/6-safe-search-engines-kids

6- http://www.bluecoatprimaryschool.com/media/E%20Safety/Child-Friendly_Seach_Engines.pdf

From Lurker to Connector

From Lurker to Connector

After reading so many insightful thoughts in this 1st Unit from “Lurker to Connector” I got immediately the taste of becoming a connector.

I used immediately the tag of COETAIL and tried to connect to the Facebook group and I am thinking which online platform might be best to use because there are so many choices outside that I didn’t know about it. 

I was very keen to read the posts of Mrs. Cofino and she was suggesting the following:

“ Join a Social Network

We’ve all heard of MySpace and Facebook, and while those are great ways to connect with friends and colleagues, an even better place to start is a social network with a focus, like Ning. There are quite a few networks on Ning that center around teaching and learning. Here are a few of my favorites:

So I will check one by one and see what is suitable for me.

Also the article which I was so eager to read and check all the other links:”First Steps Toward Becoming a 21st Century Educator (Cofino)” gives me great resources and I need some more time to explore this. 

I was very fascinated by the first text of Mr.Utech when he was questioning what does it mean to disconnect. This was a very good question which is resonating with me at the moment:

“I’m sitting here in my very quiet house eating dinner, no TV, no radio, just me my cat and this blog post. Am I disconnected?”Utech 

I think for me it’s hard to be disconnected because I have many parallel platforms online, where I am keeping in touch with the artists around the world and with my teaching profession, mostly via email, where I should be reachable most of the time.

Another good point of Mr. Utech was:

“Are you consuming, using or creating with technology?’

What we really mean when we say “Kids need to have balance” or “I need to disconnect” isn’t really about disconnecting, I would argue, but rather about being less of a consumer.”

I was also impressed by the article” Living with New Media” (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) which totally opened my mind. 

A struggle which I tried to have with my own children every day. But with this article, I could have more understanding for them that nowadays the children build social skills in this way as well and they are more pushed to use those media than we used to do it in our childhood.  

A very good question from Mr. Utech was:

“How much time do I spend consuming vs creating?”

That makes me think for myself to try to make my own graf. I might come back later to this point.

Speaking about consuming first because we have to get inspired first, 

I liked very much Mr. Bevans tag about “#playfullearning” and the connection with Maker Space learning because it’s a good link about how we could combine design and technology. A great resource for me to get inspired by and think what is the difference between “Maker Space” and “Art Class”.

We had last week’s Global Play Day and we celebrated this event for the first time in our school. We gave the students the total agency to play free and be creative and I was amazed to see how dedicated they were building dollhouses and their own stories in a cardboard challenge type of project. Also, some other children are coming with Rubikcubes and exchange ideas about how to solve them, using algorithms and mathematical skills. Another great way of using creativity with abstract thinking.

Hello world!

Hello everyone!!!:)

My name is Simona Schultz and I am originally from Romania. 

I am currently living & working: South Korea, International School Busan(ISB) with my two children and my husband.

  • Position: PYP Art Teacher in the Elementary School and ELC 
  • Cohort: 12
  • Twitter: NOT yet.
  • I am also an independent visual artist with my born name, Simona Soare, which I am still using as an artist name. I am travelling a lot around the world(Osaka, Berlin, South Korea, etc). I graduated Master in Fine Arts(Art in Context in UdK) in 2007 and I lived 10 years in Berlin, before I came to South Korea in summer 2013. Berlin is a place which I still call home and every summer I go to visit and work as an artist there.  

Why did you decide to begin your COETAIL journey?

I decided to begin my COETAIL journey because I felt the need to make a meaningful learning/teaching experience. I have been teaching for two years at ISB, South Korea  and sometimes I have the feeling that I would need more active effective knowledge to apply in my teaching practice- regarding classroom management and how to improve my skills using technology in my work. I have so many art skills to share with my students but I feel I need better strategies to communicate my knowledges. Because I am the only art teacher in PYP I feel sometimes isolated and trapped in between planning meetings and directly teaching from ELC to PYP. 

I love collaborating, connecting and exchanging ideas and experiences with my colleagues. I think it is a winn for everyone sharing experiences and creating something together.   

Why now? What or who inspired you to join this cohort?

I was inspired by two friends of mine Andrea Khambalia and  Amanda McCloskey, truely amazing teacher who highly recommended me to join COETAIL because it was one of the best learning experiences that they had ever had as educators. With Andrea, I collaborate directly in a theater play production and it was an amazing experience. And with Amanda I am collaborating on different units in our PYP curriculum.

What are you most looking forward to over the next 3 semesters? Is there anything else you’d like to share with the COETAIL community?

In the next 3 semester I am looking forward to get updated with the last century pedagogical concepts from inspiring educators around the world. I am looking forward to learn effective strategies of communicating with my students. To feel more confident when I am teaching, to communicate more easily the content of a lesson to my students. I wish that the students are listening to me for a longer period of time, are working independently and are cleaning up nicely, whithout making me to raise my voice .    

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the COETAIL community?

I think we have a very beautyful and important mission as educators to pass the best knowledge that we have to the future generation, but how can we make this experience most enjoyable and meaningful for everyone?

Please be patient with me because I am comming from an artist backround and I am still polishing my writting skills and my skills how to use technology in my everyday practice. I am more used with the paint and brush and other tools to express myself.:)

I have recently had a minor surgery (came last night from hospital) and I am trying to catch up with you asap. Thank you so much for your understanding. 

I am looking forward to an amazing learning journey with passionate and inspiring teachers around the world. 

Simona