Fine Arts Faculty Launch Website to Assist in Educational Use of the I-Pad
Fine arts faculty collaborate to produce new site for educators. Mark Hamilton and Seth Rouser developed a new website this summer that focuses on the best-demonstrated practices utilized in arts instruction within the classroom. The site will provide instructional information for Winthrop fine arts faculty, Winthrop Art Ed students, and educators throughout the region in conjunction with the Winthrop University-School Partnership and NetSCOPE (Network of Sustained, Collaborative, Ongoing Preparation for Educators) Project’s Content Area Assemblies. Hamilton and Rouser worked with fine arts education faculty Dr. Laura Gardner to help link the site to the needs of art education students and teachers.
The purposes of this project are: 1) to expand the use of advanced technologies by visual arts educators at Winthrop University that began with the Fine Arts Technology Initiative by providing teaching resources that will aid in instructional improvement and curricular enhancement; 2) to assist in preparing Winthrop art education students in their internship experiences as they help serve specific needs in K-12 art classes, for example, with lessons involving technology; 3) to provide support and professional development in the uses of technology for school-based art teachers; 4) to strengthen and formalize relationships between the Winthrop Art Education program and our partners in the schools as we work together to meet the evolving needs of the art classroom.
Key content elements of the site include:
- A section illustrating free apps and web tools available to educators.
- A section illustrating how and where to archive and store files.
- A section illustrating how to document artwork and create a digital portfolio.
- A section on ways to show the iPad on a projection screen or computer monitor.
- A section on iPad operations and where to find manuals.
- A section with application specific video art tutorials for use with the iPad.
The site also provides information about the purpose of the site and project; a link to students’ images from the Department of Fine Arts; a link to the Department of Fine Arts website; and a link to the Department of Fine Arts Blog where educators can find out more about what is happening in the department that might be of interest to them and their students.
The project has been funded by:
- 2014 Curriculum Enhancement Grant / Instructional Improvement Grant for Arts Instructional iPad Website. (Professor Mark Hamilton and Assistant Professor Seth Rouser)
- 2014 Curriculum Enhancement Grant / Instructional Improvement Grant for Partnerships to integrate digital technology. (Dr. Laura Gardner)