Tessellations Revamped for an iPad

Our school last Fall became a 1:1 school with iPads, which means that all students and teachers have an iPad to use.  One tip for becoming a 1:1 school is to take one of your art projects and revamp it to integrate your new 1:1 device.

A math teacher and I this past Spring worked together to create a choice board to differentiate learning for a Tessellation project we did.  Here is the link to Tessellation Tic Tac Toe Board.  This allowed students more freedom to create and showcase what they learned about Tessellations and having an iPad was a huge plus to allowing this type of creativity!  Many students chose to combine digital work with traditional art making methods.

Check out this Video created by an 8th Grader

Students created Stop Motion videos by using the StoMo app, which allows you to take pictures right from the iPad and also decide on how many frames per second.  Using the iMovie app they edited their Stop Motion video by adding sound effects.  From here they then exported their video to their camera roll to then upload it to our classroom You Tube account.

The iPad allows students more options to create all in one device.  The iPad truly is a creation device as students can take pictures, impose pictures, merge images together to create new images, take and edit video,  use various apps to create parts of each image, and upload these to the web.  Stop Motion videos are a huge hit with my students!

How have you revamped lessons to include technology?

What ways have you taught students about Tessellations?

If you are looking for more ways to use the iPad with your students, I will be teaching a class in November called “iPads in the Art Room.” Learn more about it right here


Chelsie Meyer

This article was written by former AOE writer and technology guru Chelsie Meyer.


  • That video is SO neat!  I need to get an iPad!

  • Pat Wehr

    Impressive integration of art, math, technology, and critical thinking. Lessons like this one engages learners and helps prepare students to become successful problem solvers.

    • Hello Pat,
        Thanks so much! Really appreciate you stopping by and commenting! I learned from the Best! :)

  • Wow! That video was awesome! 

  • Laura Shambaugh

    This is great!  I teach at a school where my high school students all have iPads and I have been trying to come up with some unique ways to use them in the art room.

  • Steve

    Best part of this project? Is that the art teacher is ALL MINE! Well I mean our middle school. Oh what the heck. I hired her so I can brag on her! She’s a leader, innovator and great role model for our teachers and students. :-)