Looking for something different for your students? This week’s Tech Tip with Mr. Hammen centers around using the computer to create different forms of art. Art can be created in many different ways with Technology and it can have many different purposes. For example in Science class rather than doing a paper collage that depicts the Life Cycle of Danaus Plexippus (The Monarch Butterfly) a class could go online and create a digital collage or create a video that explains their project. In History a class could create an online photo story about the Founding Fathers and include video/audio clips in their project. Any way we look at it we can use the tools that are at our disposal to have students display critical thinking skills and join it with showing their creativity.
Here are a few sites that may be of interest that you could use for projects:
BeFunky - http://www.befunky.com/
This site is an online photo editor that allows students to take pictures and transform them into a cartoon or sketch. So your students can create a sketch autobiography or a cartoon strip depicting and event or task.
SculptGL - http://stephaneginier.com/sculptgl/
This site is an online sculpting area. It starts with a digital ball of clay and students bring their creations to life. Students could sculpt representations of shapes, buildings, people, animals, virtually anything that they can think of they could create. Maybe they could sculpt an item and then present their item to their class explain the significance of the item.
PixelArt - http://makepixelart.com/free/
This site allows a person to create their own PixelArt. If you are not sure what PixelArt is just look at the mega hit game Minecraft. That game is built in Pixel Images. With PixelArt students could again create pixel images of people from history or make a pixel map showing the major battles of the American Revolution
BeatLab - http://www.beatlab.com/
Here students can create their own musical beats. An idea with this is maybe they could create a beat and then write their own song lyrics to the beat. Or maybe students could create theme music for a person in history and explain why they created that particular beat for that person.