What is social media and why does it matter?

Social media is defined as websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. Social media is a great way to reach new audiences locally but also globally. A simple hashtag can grab the attention of viewers from all over the world to see a post and connect. Social media can be very useful to artists and also art students in showcasing their work. An artist can use Instagram, for example, to publicize his or her work. An artist can tag major people in the art world in his or her post to try to gain recognition. He or she can also have a huge following which will innately make him/her well known. In an art classroom, students can post to a class page to show off their work to family and friends. Just like Instagram, many applications are useful in the art world to gain inspiration from as well as digitally exhibit artwork.

What are limitations, issues, and concerns related to using social media in art education?

Even though social media can be very useful, some limitations can arise. Using too much technology in the classroom can cause for less verbal communication. Students are stuck in a generation where everything is said via text message and email. This is causing young students to not like communicating face to face. It have become harder for students to answer questions and have real conversations. If too much technology and social media is implemented, education may start to decrease. Also, some schools may come across the issue of parents not allowing social media for their children. Social media can distract students from their schoolwork. It can also be a catalyst to cyber bullying due to the freedom of comments.

Technology: iMovie



iMovie is an Apple software meant to edit videos for the Mac and other smart devices such as iPads. As stated on Wikipedia, “iMovie imports video footage to the Mac using either the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras or the computer’s USB port. It can also import video and photo files from a hard drive. From there, the user can edit the photos and video clips and add titles, themes, music, and effects, including basic color correction and video enhancement tools and transitions such as fades and slides. iMovie is one of the most basic and easy programs that can be used to make a professional looking movie or video.You can navigate freely from scene to scene, and save your edits and changes in digital format without the use of videotape. The result is a digital video movie you can save as a QuickTime file or dump back to digital videotape with no loss in quality.

Art Education use and how it can support interest driven art learning

iMovie can be beneficial to an art classroom as well as for any other subject. This is a program that can be learned in class and taken to others. Students can create engaging presentations on any subject matter in iMovie to present to the class. Students can learn how to do so by making presentation using pictures, text and sound and also let them experiment with its different features. Video reports can also be made to give a review of a book or a specific topic learned in english, science, math, etc. It would be a great way to learn art history or about a specific work of art in an entertaining manner. Also, footage can be taken from field trips to museums or to record experiences outside of the classroom and be brought back in to make a video to document the experience. Students can write original stories and create their own trailers. They can make a video to showcase their artwork like a portfolio. As you can see, their are endless amounts of ways that students can use iMovie to enhance their learning in all subjects. This would be a great tool to teach to students in the art classroom and then have them collaborate with other subject classes to integrate art.

My concept revolved around the idea of bringing controversial art into the classroom. This is something that would be done in older age classrooms and I think iMovie would work well for this topic. Students could pick a controversial work of art to focus on and make a digital report on what the artwork is, why it is controversial, and what lesson is learned from it. By using iMovie, students can include still images, video clips, and music to give an overall feel of what this work is all about. I think giving students the option to make a movie will keep their interest in the project more than if they were to make a powerpoint presentation. This is engaging to the maker of the project but also to the viewers.

iMovie is a easy and useful technology that all students should learn to further their education and to help make movie projects more simple.


10 Technologies

Throughout this semester, I learned about many technologies or tools that I could use in my future classroom. These tools consist of:

iMovie, Voyant Tools, the Lino canvas, Flash Animation, VoiceThread, Prezi, Photoshop, 3D printing, web quest, and Soundcloud.

I selected these ten technologies because they were tools we used throughout the course of the semester. I believe that each of these technologies have potential, some more than others. I found that iMovie was an extremely good tool to understand to make movies for my classroom as well as teach students how to make a movie in a simple way that looks professional. iMovie was a new tool to me and since I have learned to use it I have expanded my knowledge on it in other classes making multiple movies. iMovie is great to get across an idea in an animated way or to make a movie for a presentation. Voyant Tools was also a new website that I was introduced to in this class. I think this tool could be beneficial in helping students decipher through a large story or essay on what is most important. I also think it would be a useful tool if students paste in their own papers or essays to see if they are over using words and to help them improve their work. I think this would be useful beyond the art classroom. The Lino canvas was also introduced to me and is something I am very fond of. It is a way for students to keep things organized on the computer rather than on note. Students can use it for brainstorming their own ideas or share it with one another to get ideas from peers. Flash Animation was a program introduced to me that I believe young art students would really enjoy. I find that some students who struggle with handmade art love to work graphically and Flash is a program that would be useful and also enjoyable in the classroom. Lastly, the 3D printer was something I have used once before, but this class showed me how I can incorporate this technology into the art classroom. I think this technology is important for students to learn so that they can see how being artistic can lead to many  jobs for their future. The 3D printer is being used in a vast amount of ways and this tool shows students that creativity is needed for all areas of life. It is also really exciting for a student to see a design come to life.

Overall, these technologies were easy to use but I can see how challenges could arise in the classroom. Technology is constantly changing and getting more expensive. It seems as if a new technology enters the school and then something new is introduced. This means that teachers need to be on top of the new technology and be able to face this challenge. Another problem I for see is students getting frustrated and giving up before learning an entire program. I felt defeated a couple of times when working with Flash and can imagine students feeling the same way. It can be difficult to get through the learning process before students can actually create on these programs. It requires patience and determination.

Other than these challenges, the majority of these technologies and tools would be useful for students in the classroom.


10 Technologies


link to my Voice Thread:


The collection of works in my exhibit all focus on the overall theme of “girl power.” I wanted this idea to tie into all age groups, from young girls to adults and help girls understand that they can do anything they put their minds to. A girl can be beautiful, strong, and brave, and all the pieces in my exhibit point to that overall topic. Each piece works together to get this message across. This exhibit includes a remix, a commercial, and a few photographs. Each piece is different but works together as a strong exhibition of art.

Find Card:

Find a piece in an exhibit that made you see something in a new light. How did this piece change your perception? Did this piece change your overall belief on the subject?brave2


Webquest Ideas

Kelsi and I have decided to combine our concepts of community and controversy into the art classroom.

Here is a list of our plan:

Intro videos of spaces and places around the world (artists, architects)
brainstorming ideas/ sketching out space
speculative fiction
creating spaces through thingiverse and printing them
while printing create surrounding area collaboration
put together final pieces
reflection/ critique
The main goal of this lesson is to collaboratively imagine dream spaces and learn how different artists and architects use space.

Webquest Ideas


Although my animation may be simple, it speaks to exactly what I hope to achieve as an art educator. The hand, which also is represented as a tree, grows from the bottom of the screen to the top. This represents my helping hand as a teacher but also as an Art Therapist. The leaves start to appear on the screen very slowly. This represents how I will teach my students to grow and how it might take time for that to happen. Some students catch on and learn very fast where as others take the entire year to learn and understand concepts and ideas. After the leaves, the art supplies appear. This shows how I am going to help my students grow, through the arts. With the combination of my helping hand and love as an Art Therapist my main goal as an educator is to help my students better their love and passion for art but to also to better them as individuals and think of the classroom as a safe environment where they all can express who they really are.


Influences Shaping My Identity as an Art Educator

I believe that my influences in becoming an art educator stems from what influences my art making. In this respect I think i have a multitude of influences. My initial influence would be my mother. My mom was not an artist but she was an avid crafter. Most of our holiday decorations around the house are things that she has made or painted in crafting classes. She always had art supplies in the house and I eventually took notice to them. She also taught me how to sew which is something I was really into as a child. Most kids asked for American Girl Dolls for Christmas but I asked for a Baby Lock Sewing Machine. When my mom realized I was fascinated with art she enrolled me in various summer art camps. My first camp was lead by a family friend who was so passionate about teaching art. I looked up to and admired her and I think this fascination really made my artistic abilities expand. In this camp she taught many projects with objects you could find outside or that can be recycled. I assume that this is where my fascination with using recycled materials stems from. I thought it was really awesome how you could use something you are surrounded by on a day to day basis and turn it into something completely different. This lead me into teaching my own camps the passed couple summers with the overarching theme of recycled materials. Every summer, I challenge myself to think of something new and the opportunities are endless. I also had an art teacher in grade school who was very welcoming of me in the classroom. When I first thought of doing art education my mind went right to her. I picture myself being in a classroom the way she was, everyone’s favorite teacher who was willing to accommodate the students in their work preferences. As far as places go I think I am inspired by things all around me, not one specific place. If I go to New York City, I will see something that sparks an idea or even just reading a magazine will do the same. Ultimately, everything around me inspires my artwork but what inspires me as an art educator are the art teachers I have had in the past.

Influences Shaping My Identity as an Art Educator