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Cricut makes smart cutting machines that work with an easy-to-use app to help teachers and students in all subject areas and all grade levels design and personalize almost anything. In this session, we’ll go over the basics of using a Cricut and cover how to get started with your Cricut account and their design software. We’ll also discuss some cross-curricular activity ideas for you and your students so you can get started on creating unique projects. Let’s explore what this fun and easy to use machine has to offer!
Book Creator is already one of our favorite platforms for digital storytelling, but did you know that you can now combine Book Creator with the power of Canva? In this session, we'll be looking specifically at the Canva app within Book Creator. You'll walk away with an understanding of how to use Canva within Book Creator, plus some exciting classroom applications!
You already learned the basics of Canva in our introductory course, now it's time to take it further and explore even more! We'll take a look at advanced features and dive into additional considerations like project collaboration and recent updates. Join us to explore how you can take your content creation to the next level!
Are you looking for unique strategies to promote social-emotional learning skills? Incorporating the arts enables students to express themselves creatively and tap into their social and emotional well-being. In this session, we will dive into the importance of connecting the arts to SEL and explore specific strategies for enhancing empathy, promoting positivity, and monitoring emotions. We will also share specific strategies such as emotion management through dance, utilizing music to create a calming environment, and using acting and theater to teach social skills. Join us for some new ideas to incorporate the arts into your daily instruction!
Are you looking for ways to connect with the spirit of Read Across America for your secondary students? In this session, we will discuss a variety of ways you can explore the deeper meaning behind some of the texts of Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, whose birthday inspired Read Across America. We will look at pieces of writing from Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to compare and contrast social issues; use Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book to discuss satire; discuss political cartoons during World War II; and more! We will also discuss some technology tools to support these activities, including some templates for students to write their own stories and screenplays!
Canva is a free online graphic design tool. Together, we will walk through how to access templates on Canva and start creating without having extensive photo editing knowledge or graphic design experience. Join us to explore how educators can use Canva to create newsletters, announcements, posters, social media posts, and so much more!
In this session, participants will learn how to create Rube Goldberg machines at home – or with items commonly found around the house. Joined by Jennifer George, we will preview the upcoming book: “25 Rube Goldberg Machines You Can Build at Home.” Guest speakers include Zach Umperovitch (builder), Tori Cameron (author).
Discover how lighting and the layout of the classroom can have an impact on learning. Join Jennifer, Glen, Nicole, Jolene, and Katelyn as they discuss the impact lighting and spatial arrangement has on social-emotional learning. They will also talk about new lighting technologies and flexible seating options that are available to help educators ease stress and enhance learning.
Guest speakers: Glen Gracia (Head of Communications & Brand at LEDVANCE, makers of SYLVANIA General Lighting), Nicole Gracia (Second Grade Teacher, Jenkins Elementary School), Katelyn Forcucci (Director of Education at NoraNivel), and Jolene Levin (CEO of NoraNivel)
Join Jennifer George as she leads a lively conversation with illustrators Abby Merrill and Ed Steckley as they describe and quite literally illustrate how to draw Rube Goldberg Machines. Once your students have mastered invention drawing, take learning to the next level with the Rube Goldberg Crazy Contraption Cartoon Contest. We will discuss how the contest can add the Art into STEAM learning and how your students can enter.
Are you looking for a unique way to engage students in coding during the holiday season? In this session, we'll discover how to make a holiday card in Scratch! This activity will challenge students to use code to add images, movement, and text on their cards. We'll also explore how to change backdrops, pictures, and even music, to customize our cards. Join us for a creative and festive coding celebration!
Are you looking for a creative activity to bring to your students? Join us as we explore how to create self-portraits online using Google Drawings. We will discuss how this project can teach your students vital social-emotional skills to help them academically and emotionally. We will also discuss unique ways to get students creating and reflecting on their self-portrait design.
Infusing art into lessons is a great way to make the curriculum more vibrant and provide additional avenues for student understanding. Google Arts and Culture offers thousands of works of art, and virtual tours of museums and landmarks for users. This video explores this website and offers strategies for incorporating them into classroom and remote lessons.
In this course we will explore the importance of A in STEAM and how to incorporate process art in various mediums in an early childhood education classroom. Participants will understand the difference between process art and product art and take away resources and ideas on how to incorporate technology (screen and non screen) in process art.
Ready to learn how to blend math and art ideas in 3D printing projects? Join our session as we look at how we can apply math concepts in a 3D design environment. We’ll look at the concepts of volume, area, and capacity to make lidless boxes for 3D printing. We'll also explore translations and build tessellation tiles using TinkerCad for 3D design.
Did you know that mathematics and technology can support the visual arts? Let us show you how to take a classic lesson on facial symmetry and proportion and use it to increase students' digital literacy. You'll learn how to help students discover their digital identity, calculate the ratios for the "perfect" face, and more!
Let's increase your students' artistic and technological aptitudes and equip them to go full STEAM ahead in Graphic Design! With Microsoft tools Fresh Paint, Sketchable, and Paint 3D, your students can begin to pursue their passions and develop niche skills in this exciting and sought-after field.
Tinkercad is a popular, web-based computer aided design software. Although simple, users can make complex designs using this software. This course will show how a user can use basic shapes and techniques to create a scale model of a house. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the Cura software to prepare our design for print.
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