Today was a fun experience! Our school has this wonderful resource in our Learning Commons(aka the Library) and today my art history classes got their hands on them! Our wonderful Librarian had these set up and ready to go for us when we came in, I couldn’t have done it without her! She is such an indispensable resource, she’s even created a spreadsheet that lists expeditions by content area, which is AWESOME! I love being able to collaborate with other teachers and work together to create experiences for students to learn and explore.
We’re into Content Area 3 Early Europe and Colonial Americas, so I found #52 Hagia Sophia and #60 Chartres Cathedral (outside view only) from a street point of view and while the kids were using the goggles I was able to teach them about the structures and their significance.
If you’re not an art history buff or if you don’t teach it, the Google Expeditions app gives prompts for teachers about specific aspects of each architectural piece/place. The teacher uses a tablet to guide students and you can even see where the students are looking and direct them!
This was definitely a fun break, from regular notes, and we got to have a “mini” field trip to the Learning Commons. I think the students really enjoyed it!
Have you ever used Google Expeditions? What other fun technology activities do you use in your classroom? Share below!
This was a fun activity that was suggested to me to help my students work on FORM and describing imagery in detail! Have students pair up and stand back to back or one student facing the image Continue reading
The day before Spring Break with my AP Art History class, we had just taken a practice exam and there was one class before our vacation. So instead of trying to start the next unit of study I gave each student one of the works and they had to work their artistic muscles! Continue reading
One thing that has been on my mind this year, and part of the reason I was hired was my desire and the necessity of growing the AP Art History program.
How was I, as a first year art history teacher and new to the school, going to promote and recruit students into the class for next year?
Here are three things I did, that helped me QUADRUPLE my program in one year! Continue reading
Before Spring Break, my ART I classes were finishing up a project and we didn’t really have time to start something new before having a week off. So I decided to go full on Art History with them for two days! It was pretty simple, we are a one to one technology campus and each student has access to plenty of resources online, so I put up a slide asked them to choose a famous artist, find out ten facts, what type of art they create, draw a picture of them and also recreated an artwork in a poster form. Continue reading
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