Internet Resources

Incredible High School Art Lesson Plans

The title of this website says it all. To me, the quantity of lesson plans outshines the quality, but there are gems to be found. Even if a lesson plan isn’t my style, I can take the idea and make it my own.

National Art Educators Association

This is the leading professional organization for art educators. The site includes sections that cover news, events, lesson ideas, community, advocacy, research, grants, job opportunities etc. It is easy to navigate and full of useful information.

How to Draw a Head

I think anyone could benefit from this free tutorial from the Academy of Art University. My mentor teacher showed it to me before we started a unit on the proportions of the human face. It is very well done, and interactive so it’s fun! I think I will show it to my classes in the future.

The Carrot Revolution

For the social networking assignment, I joined The Carrot Revolution. This is a blog run by David Gran, an art teacher in China. I started off by researching the social networking site Art Education 2.0. However I did not think it would be a good fit for me. To me, Art Education 2.0 just seemed like myspace for art teachers. It was a bit difficult to navigate and seemed like a time sucker. As an art teacher, what I look for in a website is lesson ideas, and The Carrot Revolution is full of novel, technology based art ideas. I contacted David Gran, and he agreed to let me contribute to his blog, so I was like a guest blogger.

In my art classes, we do hand crafts such as drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, and metalwork. I appreciated reading about the art projects on The Carrot Revolution to see what they are doing over in China with technology. Perusing the site periodically always piqued my interest and gave me ideas for technology based art projects. I also enjoyed contributing to the site periodically, it made me feel connected to the art world.

Here’s one idea I got from the site – Strip generator is a site that makes making comics easy, check it out!


Article Assesment II

Bethany Waggoner

Assistive Technology for Reading

Hasselbring and Bausch


In this article, Hasselbring and Bausch describe software designed to help students with learning disabilities read independently. Ideal assistive technology for reading should help students understand the text that they are reading as well as improve their reading skills. Hasselbring and Bausch give examples of successful assistive technology software.

Text-reader software highlights text as a synthetic voice reads it aloud. Read & Write Gold is a type of text-reader software that allows students to adjust whether individual words, sentences or paragraphs are highlighted as well as the gender, speed and pitch of the voice reading the text. It also helps students write by predicting what word students are typing, either by the first few letters typed, or the context of the story. Read & Write Gold also has a feature which will read aloud what the student has written, helping them in the composing and editing processes of writing.

READ 180 is another assistive technology for reading. Prior to reading the text, READ 180 gives students background information about the topic in the form of a short video. As students read, they are given tools to help decode, bread into small parts, define, pronounce, translate, and spell words. One year after beginning to use READ 180, eighteen percent of its users no longer need special education for reading.

In conclusion, Hasselbring and Bausch point out that this technology is not some miracle cure for reading problems, but a tool that teachers need to be aware of.



Digital Story

When I decided to illustrate my story, I knew that I was committing to a lot of work, but it’s the sort of challenge that I enjoy. I’ve always wanted to illustrate a children’s story so I decided to go in that direction. This beautiful music video by Oren Lavie for his song, Her Morning Elegance gave me the idea to use stop motion photography. For the storyline, somehow I started thinking about the menacing pink slime that comes out of the bath in ghost busters…creepy! It was fun to channel my inner little boy and come up with gross ideas for why a kid would not want to get in the bath.

On the technology end I learned more about an art form – stop motion photography, and I learned how to do some cool time saving stuff on Photoshop (batch cropping for one). Of course I also became more familiar with imovie, which can be a little frustrating. I took a film class in college where we used Vegas Video, which has many more options.

My digital story, story map and story rubric.