A. Differentiating instruction for a wide variety of learners is important for every lesson. If I was using blogs as a resource in the classroom, it would be interesting to provide the students in my class with many different blogs from different viewpoints on a topic. For example, if the students were learning how to critique each others work, I could provide them with links to many different art critics’ blogs. Some may have more advanced reading material than others, but students could explore them to find information they personally find valuable based on their skill set and interests.
B. There are many Web 2.0 tools that can be used in the art classroom. Pinterest is a valuable tool for the art classroom and I’ve observed it in use by a local art teacher. This teacher used it to post links to images related to a technique and showed the images in class. Students could then re-visit the pinterest boards at home or in the library if they are struggling with a new concept. It could also be used by the students themselves. For example, when learning about a new medium, students could pin many examples of artwork created in that medium. There are some drawbacks with pinterest as well. Students could possibly pin inappropriate content, therefore teachers should monitor their boards carefully. The internet is required for this tool so teachers need to be mindful of students who may not have this resource and make accommodations as necessary.
Another great tool I discovered was Doink. This app allows users to create their own animations. This is obviously a great tool for the art classroom because students could use school owned ipads to create their own animations when learning about illustration and animation as an art form. The only major downside is that it is not free. It costs $4.99 for the iPad version and $1.99 for the iPhone version.
C. I recently learned how to use the kidspiration program to create assignments and lessons. I actually knew nothing about it so it was all new and interesting to explore. There are a lot of ways we could use kidspiration (or inspiration) in the art classroom. For my project, I used it to create a chart for students to fill in about the elements of art for 2nd and 3rd graders. For older students, it could be used to match up pictures of artwork with their style or artist. A student could also use it to create an informational graphic on a topic of their choice (i.e. an artist, movement, medium, or technique).