SchoolArts Magazine

February 2015

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phones, or laptops (adhering to district policies, of course). Global Exploration Once the Google Earth application was downloaded onto each device, students were able to explore desti- nations throughout the world. Each student selected a location based upon his or her heritage or a region he or she hoped to explore in the future. Stu- dents were encouraged to investigate perspectives and contours of the land to create interesting panoramic land- scape compositions. The next task was to transfer the satellite imagery from Google Earth Rather than working from a pho- tograph of their desired location, students produced their own composi- tions by manipulating the satellite imagery. Encouraging students to per- sonally connect their past or future to these locations provided them with a chance to share important ideas about their heritage, memories, and aspira- tions through their art. We saw new and exciting frontiers where students were engaged, used devices respon- sibly, and solved visual problems in innovative ways. Leslie Gates is assistant professor of art and design at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. leslie.gates@ Amanda Devitt is a graduate of the Mill- ersville University Art Education Pro- gram. devitamanda@ Jaime Linn Brown is an art educator at Cen- terville Middle School in Lancaster, Penn- sylvania. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K www.learningandleading-digital. com/learning_leading/201302#pg38 to sketches, and, eventually, to a final work on paper that incorporated three-dimensional materials such as wire, modeling paste, and yarn to articulate the altitude and terrain of the landscapes. Reflections Using Google Earth on the iPads was a stimulating break from our typical instructional practice. Students were clearly connected to and excited by the technology, materials, and content of the lesson. Most visual learners were able to physically move the land- scape with their fingertips, which cre- ated enthusiasm and interest. 27

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