Ideas For Teaching Middle Years Drama

Drama is such a fun curriculum subject to teach but for many it can be scary, as it may be out of your ‘comfort zone’. Admittedly I felt this way for several years and tried avoiding it. Then one year, I decided to embrace it and learn how to teach it. If you have the same feeling I had, my advice is to simply give it a go, you will […]

Use Canva.com and Pixabay.com to create tiles for websites or school projects

Below is a short video explaining how I used Canva.com and Pixabay.com to create tiles for my SharePoint page. Under the video I have explained what each of these products are. Canva.com is s a free graphic-design web based tool. Subscription is free, however, if you are asking your students to subscribe parental permission is required for students aged under 13 years. You can use it to design presentations and social […]

Mothers Day Digital Tech Idea

This year, Brooke (co teacher) and I  guided our students to create their own calendar for the mothers and attach it to a clip board. The calendar started with May and went through to December. The clip boards were cheap, $2 each from Office Works. I wanted students to be creative and not just insert photos. To foster creative images they used these free sites: Sketch io, The Art Zone, Be […]

We need to ask ‘What if?’ instead of ‘What is?’

I was inspired by this EdTek talk so much that I had to share it. It is an amazing story about an artist named Phil Hansen. He talks about  how a life-changing injury forced him into rethinking how limitations inspire creativity. One of his key points is ‘learning to let go’, letting go of outcomes, failures and imperfections. With this comes the ability to be creative, to think only of […]

Linking Digital Art with Traditional Classroom Art Activities

For me, ‘traditional classroom art activities’ refers to painting, collage and craft (basically hands on art activities). Last week I came up an idea in order to link digital art with traditional classroom art activities. I invited students to visit The Art Zone online and choose any art form that they wanted to explore. I then asked students to create a screen capture of a piece of art work which they […]

Free: Art Circles for iPad or Visual Search Online by Art.com

Art Circles for iPad was created by Art.com. This free app allows users to discover a world of art images through wheels of art. There are six inspiring wheels including colours, nature, art movements, inspiring insiders, superzoom-texture and words. You simply select a wheel and then tap to view the gallery. My daughter loves searching through the images, so will students of all ages! Please note, this app required internet […]

Pandora: Free Internet Radio

Pandora is a free internet based radio. It is the product of the Music Genome Project. All you need to do, is visit the site, enter the name of a song, artist or genre and the Music Genome Project data base will start. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to […]

Jamendo: Free music

Jamendo offers free streaming and download of music published under Creative Commons licenses. On Jamendo, artists grant use of their music for private uses free of cost. You can for a particular track or refine your search via genre, instruments or mood. This is a great resource for music teachers and students who are looking to include music in presentations.