As I said in my previous blog, I would use blogging to keep students and parents up to date. If students need clarification on a certain project, they would be able to find it on the blog, or ask other students on the blog site. I feel that the blog would promote student independence by relying on each other rather than on me.
Animoto, goanimate, and voki are all web resources that allow you to communicate messages through, photos, animations, or avatars. These resources would be very helpful when students needed to present information about famous artists, certain art periods, or terms. Animoto is a site that allows you to create a musical slideshow of your photos. This resource might be helpful to students who need to present many illustrations to the class. I feel that there are already ways to create slideshows on your computer, but this resource makes it easy. Goanimate is a site that allows you to put together animated videos. I could use this to present information to the class in a unique way and students could do the same. The website claims that this resource is used for, Student-to-Student Tutorials, Foreign Language Training, English as a Second Language (ESL) Training, Communication & Special Cases, such as Autism, Asperger’s, etc., Behavioral Training (Healthy Living, School Safety, Anti-Bullying), Counseling and Therapy, Creative Writing Platform, Teaching Principles of Art, Design, and Storytelling. The only negative is that I would want my students to illustrate their own stories instead of using already made images. Voki is a very interesting way to present information. You create an avatar to relay your message, and the mouth moves as if it were really speaking. This might be a great resource for students who do not feel comfortable speaking in public and need some time to adjust to the classroom environment before speaking in front of others. Out of these three resources I feel that Voki is the most interesting way to present information, but sometimes it can be a little creepy. These resources would be great for presenting information in a flipped classroom, and might help students to feel involved in the lesson.
Storybird is another resource that I have worked with, similar to the ones above, in that it tells a story through imagery. I am very interested in all of these resources, but I would only use them for an art history unit, or allow students to use them to present information. I would rather have my students practicing their fine motor skills on actual original artwork than on premade images. It would be very interesting to have them draw a story and upload it to something like Animoto for a presentation. I’m sure I will find other ways to use it in my classroom, as it is a valuable teaching resource.