Our school is fortunate enough to have two mobile labs. These laptop labs are on a cart and can be wheeled into any classroom. Because I did not have a full week of kids before winter break, I decided to try some new things to enrich the standards we were already learning about in the art room.
One lesson I recently talked about was the lesson on Wayne Thiebaud. I talked about the cake maker website, too, in this post. The site lets you decorate cakes and pies using digital tools in the style of Wayne Thiebaud.
For one class period, I had 4th grade students make digital art using the Cake Maker website.
Aren’t the mini laptops, cute! They are mostly used for browsing the internet and research by students in our school. I have to say, I have never heard the art room so quiet. Kids were really into it.
I allowed each student to print one of their pieces of art.
I have to say, I was nervous to check out the mobile lab. I rarely have time for something like this with our short class periods and intense curriculum but I do see the value in it and I know it was fun for the kids. I now have the confidence to to more with technology and kids.
What ways do you get technology in the hands of students?