9-12 | Other | Student-created media projects
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My Classroom Innovation
“Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?” This Robert Kennedy quote can best conclude why I am an innovator. I use technology in a variety of innovative and creative ways. Within the past 5 years my students have created: collages on cakes, printed artwork on fabric, sewn blankets for kids with cancer, created mini alphabet books for kindergarteners in Costa Rica, made posters for 2009 National Park Week. This year my students will use Adobe Design Suite CS3 for three innovative and creative projects. Previous projects and current projects are what I “dream” about and ask “why not?” Being an innovator allows my students to gain a technology and graphic art skills with the purpose of enhancing each student’s current and future endeavors. Using technology beyond its usual potential in unique and creative ways is one of the reasons I am an innovative teacher. Examples of these are creating a virtually paperless environment to using my communication, networking and photography skills along with my travel experiences to be implemented in exclusive and out of the ordinary lessons for my students in communication graphics.
How Students were Engaged
Innovation engages my students to go beyond their comfort zone in the graphics world. They learn new graphic art skills using Adobe Design Suite CS3. Using this professional software and securing it together with outside the box ideas allow students to easily tap into and gain interest in graphics arts career. From graphics on cakes, artwork on fabric, mini books to kindergarteners in Costa Rica and creating posters for North Cascades NPS, these innovative projects exceed their expectations of what they initially perceive Communication Graphics class will be like when they attend class the first day of school.
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