Technology and Art! In this online, once-a-week, one-semester super fun class, elementary-aged students discover how to pair their artistic abilities with technology to create fantastic projects just for fun or to enhance other school assignments. Through weekly themed games and projects, students become comfortable using Microsoft PowerPoint while acquiring basic computer and art skills. This class is designed and taught specifically for young students with varying levels of computer knowledge.
Here is a sampling of some of the many computer skills covered in this class:
- creating a new presentation
- saving work to a file and assigning a file name
- creating new slides
- becoming familiar with the Toolbar, slide backgrounds, and themes
- incorporating slide layouts and design themes
- using “Edit Undo” tool for mistakes
- experimenting with font, size, color, and text effects
- using the right-click feature of a mouse
- utilizing paragraph and text alignment
- cutting and pasting and inserting images and objects
- formatting shapes and text boxes
- drawing, coloring
- grouping and ungrouping objects
- incorporating animations, voice recordings, and sound effects
- presenting a slideshow
No homework or grading is planned for this course. Students will practice the skills learned in class throughout the week on their own.
Who should enroll?
This course uses art to introduce 4th–6th graders to basic technology and computer skills. No prerequisite for this class is required except for a basic understanding of how to operate a computer and Zoom. Students will be asked to toggle back and forth between Zoom and Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- High speed, broadband Internet
- webcam, headset, and microphone
Evaluation and Feedback
At the conclusion of every online class, students are asked to share their project during a show-and-tell time. Through this, the teacher is able to assess student progress and understanding of the cumulative subject matter. In addition, each class opens with an informal review of previously introduced material. Students are quizzed using a seek-and-find type method, through a review game such as Tic-Tac-Toe, or through oral questioning. By the end of the semester, students have created a digital art portfolio that showcases skills acquired.
Communication is an essential component of any educational endeavor. With that in mind, I encourage all of my students to contact me whenever they need assistance with an assignment, and I make it a priority to promptly respond to student inquiries. I also send a weekly “wrap-up” email outlining the learning objectives we accomplished in class as well as reminders about upcoming assignments.
Parental inquiries are also welcomed and encouraged as parental involvement is essential to student success. To best serve parents, I have established “office hours” on Friday mornings from 9:00–11:00 AM (ET) for responding to emails and phone calls. I consider it a great privilege to be able to walk alongside parents and assist them in educating their children.