Looking to Learn: The Panes and Perspective of Mark Rothko – Teachers Teaching Teachers 2017

Once again, I will be presenting at Pine Crest’s Teachers Teaching Teachers but this time, I will be modeling what it feels like to be in an AP Art History class of mine. The subject? None other than Mark Rothko and his work.

Abstract art is not a whole lot of fun for most audiences, and abstract expressionism seems to be a challenge for those choosing to take on the course of study, let alone to audiences that may pass through that part of the gallery or museum. Considering Mark Rothko’s color-field style, most will turn heel muttering words of frustration or even the infamous “I could do that” mantra.

It will be no small task to introduce an audience to, and hopefully walk away with, a deeper appreciation for Rothko and his work as well as the field of art history. I would be delusional to think that everyone will emerge experts of Rothko after a 45 minute introduction as well because, honestly, is anyone really an expert on Rothko anyway?

If you are around and interested, stop on by room 205 at 1:00pm this Tuesday to see what I am up to. I will be trying out some of the latest approaches I picked up at Project Zero this summer and hopefully gaining converts to both PZ as well as art history!

The Maker Movement and Studying History | FCIS 2016 Miami

As promised, here is a copy of my presentation this afternoon, The Maker Movement and Studying History. It is packed with other resources and links, so please grab a copy and do with it what you will! I would love to hear your feedback and comments on what worked for you.

Using 3D printing and other advanced technologies requires a bit of training and a learning curve. It is important to also note that if your school is thinking of adopting these types of resources, they also need to have an expert staff in place to help guide the students on their usage. Our iLabs at Pine Crest are well-staffed and managed and this has been an excellent resource for us as teachers and helping us innovate our practices.

Also, here are some of the resources that I mentioned in my presentation that could get you started:

  • Tinkercad – web-based CAD program to design your 3D images
  • Thingiverse – web-based CAD program and online repository for 3D projects; check out their education section
  • Ponoko – outsource for your printing needs
  • Shapeways – outsource for your printing needs; inspire with various projects
  • Inventables – a marketplace for all things encompassing the maker movement
  • Makerbot – 3D printing needs, hardware; also has digitizing hardware
  • Minecraft – you can also read about some of my early experimentations here

Presenting “The Maker Movement and Studying History” at FCIS Miami 2016

One of the fundamental questions educators have is what the future will look like for their students. Our current educational system is undergoing a reformation, faced with the uncertainty and the challenges that await the future.

The technology that is available is not only changing human behaviors, but how we interact with information. Gone are the days of rote memorization of information in order to establish fields of knowledge. Instead, the importance place on content knowledge has been replaced by what one can do with the information.

The FCIS annual conference slogan is “cultivating growth – a mindset for the future”. Picking up on that theme, and this new era of information interactivity that we have entered, I am presenting on how our students at Pine Crest are at the forefront of innovation. Having access to the latest technologies via an iLab – with 3D printers, laser cutters, and a whole host of tools – we had our students reconstruct artifacts from history. Adopting concepts from the Maker Movement, students actively engaged in their own learning and utilized constructivist approaches to help them experience their learning through trial and error.

My presentation will be taking place in Session III from 12:00-12:50 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.

Fluency in Geek Presentation Slated for ACL Institute 2013 Memphis, TN

On June 28th I will be presenting, along with Zee Ann Poerio and Cindy Caltagirone, a technology session entitled “Fluency In Geek: Growing Classical Studies Programs Through Technology”.

It will be a 90 minute workshop which will show teachers how to review technology resources (using the 5 C’s of Technology we wrote about over at AFireKindled) and which critical resources they could make use of right now in order to build their programs.

We are faced with a serious dilemma in Classical studies – we are faced with finding our subject eliminated from school curricula across the country for financial concerns and fears over relevancy. In order to revive the importance of our subject, we need to find innovative solutions – and utilizing technological resources is a part of that program. I will be reviewing resources that will not only help students expand their knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar, but also deepen their background knowledge of its culture and history through the use of available resources.

The presentation will be in the morning on June 28th and will focus on key resources and strategies to help teachers make the most efficient use of not only their time, but of their students’ time, too. And having a little fun along the way certainly can’t hurt!

The ACL Institute is being held at the University of Memphis’ Fogelman Conference Center. For more information about the 2013 ACL Institute in Memphis, TN, follow this link.

Amicitia Social Networking Presentation at ACL Institute a Success

I recently attended the American Classical League’s 65th institute in Las Vegas at UNLV. While there, I was able to participate in three presentations, two of which were centered on the Rome In Situ program and the other was a presentation of my Amicitia social network on Romae.org.

After attending the Rome In Situ program last year, I was able to fortify my experiences with technology and their implementation in the classroom. I gained experience using the Gigapan system to take 360 degree panoramic photos of ancient Roman locales while also learning how to better create content for my students to make the subject become more alive. We presented our findings from last year’s workshop in a 3 hour pre institute workshop were I also used the Amicitia to host various resources and continue the discussion going forward into the future. Our group also coordinated using the Amicitia group I set up in order to make our planning more efficient considering that various members of our panel were all over the United States (and one was actually on a trip to Italy).

My presentation, “Amicitia: Using Social Networking to Build a Latin Community”, highlighted the various applications of a social network to augment my classes. I detailed the need for innovation in light of today’s highly evolving technological environment while also maintaining the traditional values found in Classical education. I used my classes as case examples, illustrating various types of assignments being carried out through the groups on Amicitia as well as other collaborative projects my students have undertaken such as the Minecraft Romae project.

See my presentation (source is a PDF file).

What I discovered is that there is a deep swelling of support for this type of project as well as a critical need within the field. Several teachers came to me with interest in getting involved in the project. In fact, several organizations are now coordinating with me to house their projects online via Romae’s network. Stay tuned for more developments; for the next year we anticipate a rise in the activity and application of Romae and the Amicitia in other classrooms.