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Arts & Creativity Playground: Get Hands-On With Digital Arts Tools

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Sunday, November 29, 11:30 am–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jeanne Bjork  
Jessie Erickson  
Cathy Houchin  
Casita Lynn  
Brendan McCann  
Rita Mortenson  
Tim Needles  
kerry parrish  

We'll show you how to engage and create with digital arts tools and strategies that we've used successfully in our classrooms, and we'll demonstrate a range of arts disciplines. This is a hands-on experience for arts teachers and teachers who are trying to integrate more arts and technology.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Not needed
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

- Attendees of the playground will learn and practice using digital assessment and creative-making skills.
- Attendees will also be able to engage with other arts educators to build their network
- Attendees will be exposed to a wide range and variety of technology tools in all arts disciplines


We will have two areas at our playground -

1) Presentation area to allow for 20 minute presentations to attendees
2) 4-6 station areas where participants can engage in hands on activities (participants generally stay at a station 5-15 minutes at a time)

Supporting research

How integrating physical art into digital creations expands creativity -

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Jeanne Bjork, Pewaukee High

I am a high school Art teacher at Pewaukee High School in Pewaukee, WI. I teach traditional studio art along with digital and media arts including Digital Photography, Graphic Design and Animation. As an artist educator I like to explore multiple media, but especially love the intersection of old traditional darkroom and studio photo techniques with digital processes that result in creative prints. I like to push the boundaries of the photographic print creating final works on leather, fabric, wood and more.

Jessie Erickson, Private Contractor

Jessie Erickson is the District Assessment Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools. Jessie holds Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership. She has She had the opportunity to work with the students and staff as a teacher, Building Resource Coordinator, Instructional Coach and Curriculum Technology Partner within the Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Air Force Base School Districts. She loves facilitating opportunities that ignite all learners to become passionate about leading and learning.

Cathy Houchin, Watertown Unified School District
Casita Lynn, K-12
Brendan McCann, Canyon High School
ISTE Certified Educator

An artist, designer and educator working in the greater Los Angeles area. He teaches Digital Media Arts to a diverse group of students who keep him on his toes. A veteran with many Adobe applications he is always looking to learn new things and update his skill set and ultimately share his knowledge. As a yearbook advisor for over a decade he grew a passion for all things that combine the worlds of information, technology and design. He hopes to inspire others to see how good art and design can have a positive impact on their lives.

Rita Mortenson, Verona Area High School
Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East

Tim Needles is an artist, educator & author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, & his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award & Creativity Award, NAEA’s AET Outstanding Teaching Award, & The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a Nat Geo Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, an ISTE Arts & Technology & STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, & Adobe Creative Educator. He’s on social media at @timneedles.

kerry parrish, Crystal Lake Central High School D155

Kerry Parrish is a Visual Arts Educator and Technology Coach at Crystal Lake Central High School. She is passionate about teaching students and teachers how to navigate new technologies. Creative problem solving is the key ingredient to her coaching and teaching style. Kerry is actively involved in the ISTE Arts and Technology as a PLN leader, and the Illinois Art Educators Association as the co-editor of the Mosaic Magazine and as the board Secretary. "Get Involved and Make an Impact!" Catch her on twitter - @KerryParrishArt!

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