Submitted by: Anni Lyzenga, middle and high school art teacher from Lakeland, Florida
Product Title: IKEA Dignit Curtain Wire and Clips
Grade Levels: 3rd grade and up
Categories: Teaching Resource, Art History/Aesthetics/Criticism
Product Review: The Ikea Dignitet curtain wire and clips are a great addition to the art room. Used together, these can be used to quickly clip up artwork for student critiques, or as a more permanent exhibit of student work. Be sure to have a wire cutter handy as well to cut off extra length of wire to fit your room. Currently, I have three of these installed in my art room. Be sure to chose a spot that is easy for all students to view and if stacking them, leave enough space to display large artwork or posters.
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Self assessment and critique are great ways for students to reflect on their own work, comment on the creative process, or contribute to class discussion. Traditionally, I have had my students write a self assessment with various prompts on a separate piece of paper. I recently discovered the power of Google Forms for electronic collection of student responses.
Advantages of Google Forms vs. traditional pencil-paper responses:
- You’re going “green” by eliminating paper use (impress your administrator/principal)
- Integrates technology and builds 21st century skills (your students think you’re cool)
- Collects all data with student names and responses in one place (easy for you)
Here are the basic steps to create a self assessment or critique:
- Create a Google account if you don’t have one already.
- Go to Google Documents and click New, Form.
- Choose your theme and title.
- First question should ask for student name (assuming you want to know who responds).
- Continue with questions as you might in a traditional format.
- Click Done and Save.
- Email link to yourself and use link for student access. Or, if you use a website, you can get the embed link.
Watch video below for a quick tutorial.
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The reality is that your students may not always have access to a computer in your classroom. In this situation you might consider using Google Forms following a computer graphics experience during access to the Internet or provide students link to access from home. Even if you try Google Forms only once in a school year, it helps manage some paperwork and collects valuable data about your students that you can use year after year.