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Arts and Technology Playground: Explore Creativity!

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Tuesday, June 25, 2:00–5:30 pm
Location: Playground C, Street Level, Broad Street Atrium

Susan Basalik   Gayle Berthiaume   Lisa Burden   Theresa Ducassoux   Sylvia Duckworth   Jessie Erickson   Rebecca Goddard   Jennifer Hall   Wanda Hanley   Debbie Harris   Cathy Houchin   Michele Hutson   Casita Lynn   Brendan McCann   Rita Mortenson   Denise Orndorff   Erin ORourke   Peter Panico   Erica Phillips   Shannon Rister   Lorraine Shaffer   Michael Slechta   Susan Wells   Dr. Nanci Werner-Burke   Rebecca Williams  
Experience many hands-on activities related to arts and technology. Paint with Sphero and create music and dance with robots. There will be doodles and doodling, tricks with green screen, drawing with OSMO and more.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

1. The attendees will see how technology can be used in arts classes.
2. The attendees will be able to participate in a wide variety of hands on technology.
3. The attendees will be able to ask questions of teachers who use technology in the classroom.
4. The attendees will be able to explore many different examples of technology.


This is a dynamic hands-on arts and technology playground. Last year we had approximately 600 people attend. There will be 6-8 stations with a presentation area. The stations will include: (1) Doodling, Drawing and Painting (2) Sphero Art (3) Hands on Makerspace (4) Coding and Drawing with Osmo (5) Photography with apps and ext. (6) With Green ScreeningRobots and Music.

On average participants spent about 30-60 minutes at our playground going from station to station. We had a fun ticket when they arrived where they got stamped at each station. If they went to all the stations, they were entered in for a drawing (prize).

There was definitely a lot of peer-to-peer interaction as we had several people at each station and a lot of hands-on, fun activities. People could try new technology, see examples, learn from others talk with educators in the classroom. It was magical.

Supporting research

The MakerSpace movement and the importance of arts and technology in the classroom is so critical. There is an abundance of research that indicate the benefits of a MakerSpace. Some of the articles are listed below.






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Susan Basalik, Methacton School District
Gayle Berthiaume, Gayle Berthiaume Consulting LLC
Lisa Burden, Alcorn Middle/Richland School Dist One
Theresa Ducassoux, Arlington Public Schools
Sylvia Duckworth, Independent

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada with more than 30 years experience in the classroom. She is on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and author of the books “Sketchnotes for Educators” and “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students”. You can find her resources at sylviaduckworth.com and her store at sylviaduckworth.shop.

Jessie Erickson, Grand Forks Public Schools
Rebecca Goddard, Pine Lake Preparatory
Jennifer Hall, Atlanta Public Schools

Jennifer Hall has been an educator for more than twenty-one years and currently serves as an Educational Technology Specialist (ETS) for Atlanta Public Schools. As a National Board Certified Teacher, Jen has seventeen years of middle school classroom experience. Jen’s expertise includes technology integration, gifted education, project-based learning, curriculum writing, digital resources, Web 2.0 tools, video production, and professional development. As an ETS, Jen collaborates with teachers, works with students and provides school-based trainings, as well as district-wide professional development. Jen is passionate about all things #edtech and loves working with teachers to enhance instruction and engage students.

Wanda Hanley, Wake County Schools
Cathy Houchin, Watertown Unified School District
Michele Hutson, Santa Rosa County School District
Casita Lynn, K-12
Brendan McCann, Canyon High School

Art Educator in Los Angeles county High School. I teach Intro Art, Digital Art, AP Studio and (taught) Yearbook for over a decade. Kutztown Univ. of PA Grad. I am always on the hunt for effective means of incorporating the digital world into the art making and creative process.

Rita Mortenson, Verona Area High School
Denise Orndorff, Shenandoah County Public Schools

I have serve as an Instructional Technology Resource Coach. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Computer Education from the University of Phoenix. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Certified Brainpop Educator. I am involved with Discovery Education, I am a DEN STAR member and a member of the DEN Leadership Council. I love technology and everything it has to offer just wish I could keep with the ever changing world.

Erin ORourke, Canadian International School
Peter Panico, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology
Erica Phillips, Sir Charles Tupper School
Shannon Rister, Richland School District One
Lorraine Shaffer, Kid's Innovation Playground
Michael Slechta, School District of Lancaster

Michael Slechta is the Coordinator of Music, Art, Humanities, and 21st Century Skills for the School District of Lancaster, PA. Michael is completing his 28th year in education, 17 as a music teacher and 11 as an administrator, all in SDoL. Michael has presented a number of times at the PA Music Educators Association Conference. Topics have included interviewing and the hiring process as well as using improvisation and composition in the music classroom. Michael serves Lebanon Valley College as an Adjunct Instructor in the Master of Music Education program teaching Research Methods in Music Education.

Susan Wells, TechTerra Education
Dr. Nanci Werner-Burke, Mansfield University

Nanci has been an educator for over 25 years. She has written for NCTE's Voices From The Middle and ASCD's Educational Leadership and contributed to numerous professional texts focused on writing. Her interests include the intersection of literacy and technology and the interdisciplinary possibilities of STEAM. Nanci lives in a cabin, in a wood, and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Education and Special Education at Mansfield University of PA. She is thrilled to be the director of the Endless Mountains Writing Project and is a strong advocate of the National Writing Project.

Rebecca Williams, Prince William County Schools

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