COETAIL Course 5 Project plan: Classroom in the Cloud

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Project Title:  Class Art: Cultural Connections

ISTE Standards Met:

2. Communication and Collaboration:

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures

3. Research and Information Fluency:

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making

a. Identify and define authentic problems and

significant questions for investigation

5. Digital Citizenship:

a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning

6. Technology operations and concepts

a. Understand and use technology systems

Enduring Understanding:

Artists need to connect to share, develop and grow beyond the classroom

Develop global connections with other artists to share and learn from one another online

Essential Questions:

How can Technology help to connect individuals?

What methods of feedback are most effective in order to grow and evolve?

What do global artists want to learn more about?

How can social media assist artists in life-long learning?


Goal: To connect Middle School Students in an online community to share and develop meaningful conversations about art across cultures

Role: Students will act as curators, moderators, demonstrators, advisors, friends and educators

Audience: Young artists across the globe and their teachers, art educators interested in global connections

Situation: The majority of Middle School students in UWCSEA Dover cannot connect online due to social media restrictions. Artists grow most through connections and feedback from their peers and learn through a wide variety of resources and process online


Students will collaborate to develop an online community of artists to connect, share ideas, teach and learn and expand their education of global art education

The website/wiki/MOOC (?) will serve to provide a space for connecting with other students and art teachers, to upload Youtube demonstrations, exhibit artwork and create forums for Q&A and topical discussions

It needs to be accessible to younger students unable to use over 13 sites so they can forge connections and learn online

It will serve to open doors to their own personal creativity (Google 20%) as well as to assist their current learning in Art.

Six Facets of Understanding:

Explain: Students explain what new learning they have gained through connecting online, evidenced through posts, comments, videos and images

Interpret: Students interpret what makes good online practice; how best to share ideas, opinions and products; and evaluate what technology systems work for them to grow and develop as an artist

Apply: Students will apply their practical and theoretical development from class online to share and help others learn thus reiterating their own knowledge. They will apply their research of technology systems to devise the best choices for an online art portal.

Have perspective: Students will learn of others approaches and opinions to art and of the similarities and differences in cultures through their global connections

Empathize: Students will understand the importance of digital citizenship and become sensitive to cultural differences, approaches and ideas

Have self-knowledge: Students will be able to see how much they have changed and grown through global connections and how valuable technology can be in assisting in this. As a valued contributor, each student will be able to track their involvement online and learn to find their voice.