The final project for course 5 has been a difficult one to get through. Trying anything new in the first year of a new one to one iPad program was going bring up some unforeseen problems. I should have known better, but instead of just dove head first into the deep end. However, I was excited by the possibilities that the iPads offered to my art program and I wanted to take advantage of them
The first problem I encountered was that it was very difficult to do an animation project if you do not have iPads. Despite the tech departments best efforts, the classroom teachers in grade 4 did not get their class sets of iPads until the late in the first week of October. The problem seemed to be that Apple would not allow our school to bulk buy all the apps that they wanted to put on each grade levels iPads. It took weeks to work this out and more time to install all the apps.
The second problem that I ran into was how would the students send me their work. Our school has a policy where students in grade 4 or lower are not allowed to have a separate school based email account. First they gave each student in a class the same email address. However, this resulted in Gmail viewing these emails as spam and they were not sent to me. Next, the school divided each classes into 2 groups and then gave each group an email address. Again this did not work as Gmail read these as spam. Yesterday, they tried sending the attached images from the same email addresses, but to an address in the same domain (I think I understood this correctly) Anyways, it worked and I can now get all of my students work off the iPads and sent to me.
The last problem was that we had to use art time to try and work out the emailing issues. This led to the kids missing art studio time and as a result we have run out of time to finish everything I wanted to do on this project. I am going to have to leave out the sharing of their animations using Voice Thread and having the students posting their animations on to the school YouTube account. I may do that by myself.
However, overall the project has been very well received by the students and they have been fully engaged during class time when they are working on their animations. I fully plan on doing this again next year and hopefully, now that I have some of the bugs worked out things should go smoother.
Lastly, if anyone out there has tried this project as well please let me know how it went.
*The American in School In Japan utilizes Curriculum Mapping with Rubicon ATLAS. The following unit is written in the ATLAS form.
* The Art program at ASIJ has limited contact with the elementary school students. Due to this limited contact, Art only gives an effort grade.