Can iPads really be used in a Primary Classroom?

During the week, I have been out visiting the Primary School where I will be completing my 6 week placement, after Easter. When I was getting a tour around the school, I went into the computer room to find 30 desktop computers, 15 laptops and 30 iPads. This is obviously fantastic that these resources are being provided for the children; however, when I spoke to my class teacher about the use of the iPads, she said that they really don’t use them very often because they just don’t know what to do, or what apps to download. For this reason, I thought that it would be benficial to research videos about using iPads as a practical way of working and learning. Hopefully you gain as much from this video as I have!

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Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow

At Kelvingrove Art Gallery we were provided with advice on how to encourage pupils to discover various pieces of art in the museum, e.g. by providing each pupil with a torch and asking them to explore different points of a painting, suggesting how this part makes them feel, exploring the concept of inner emotions. We were advised to use higher order questioning methods when talking to children about art as this enables them to come to a new level of thinking. For example, instead of asking basic questions such as “What colour is the sky in this picture?” it would be more beneficial to ask “How do you think the people in the painting felt?”, contrasting it with other paintings. Another issue explored was the need to explore colour and texture used in paintings with the pupils allowing them to understand the links between colour and emotion e.g. dark colours in paintings generally suggest a gloomy context.

We were brought on a short tour of the museum where we were provided with ideas of activities we could do with pupils enabling them to see art beyond the literal visualisation and start to think what the art suggests. It was suggested that we could show children the armour of knights, comparing it with the armour of animals (e.g. the hard shield on a tortoise) discussing how both these armours are used for protection. This could then lead on to further discussion about animals which have protective armour.

I have included the link for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum below:

http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/our-museums/kelvingrove/whats-on/exhibitions/Pages/home.aspx

Below: Some pictures of my day at Kelvingrove!

In small groups we explored the museum, gathering ideas for a lesson which we could present to a class of primary school aged pupils. My group were particularly inspired by the ceramic faces which were hanging from the roof at different levels, giving us the idea of doing a lesson based on expression where pupils could look at the expressions on the faces and write a creative piece suggesting why the particular expression is displayed.

What I learnt from the workshop:

– The importance of looking beyond the literal visual meaning of a piece of art

– We can incorporate art into various elements of the curriculum e.g. English

– Colour dramatically affects the mood of artwork

How the experience could be applied within a primary teaching context:

-After looking around the museum I thought of various objects which could be explored in order to teach ‘the arts’. For example, pupils could look at various sorts of jewellery, exploring different cultures, colours, textures, synthetic materials vs. natural materials. Children could then make a piece of jewellery such as paper bracelets which are made in Africa.

Implications of ‘The Arts’ on our everyday lives

Art allows us to express our inner emotions, enabling individuals to see that we are all unique with different thoughts and opinions. Through the various workshops I learnt that art is not merely about painting or physically making objects; it covers a vast range of activities such as painting, sculpturing, dancing, story-telling, music and drama, enabling us to express our inner thoughts, bringing out our sense of intuitiveness. After completing workshops in these areas I have a greater understanding of the impact ‘the arts’ can have on our lives where we can be transported from one era to another by simply looking at or becoming part of artistic work, through either individual work or a collaborative approach.

 

I have provided a brief outline on the impact various elements of art can have on pupils:

 

Drama – Drama can be implemented across the curriculum, engaging students and serving as a catalyst building necessary skills e.g. creativity and confidence

 

Art – Teaching through Art enables pupils to use their imagination, fine motor skills and reinforces the idea of individuality and uniqueness

 

Music – Pupils can gain an insight into musical aspects of other cultures, promoting and enhancing teamwork, as well as building upon their cognitive skills as multi-tasking is required for counting the beats, thinking about the rhythm, working out the notes to be played etc.

 

Dance – Implementing dance within the classroom can improve communication, language and literacy development because of the wide range of language used to imagine and recreate roles and ideas in the dance. It also enhances pupils’ physical development, enabling them to live a healthy lifestyle, and is useful for enhancing creative development

 

Sensory Storytelling – This is a useful strategy to use with pupils as it promotes creativity whilst also helping children to become confident. It is especially beneficial for pupils with either physical or cognitive learning difficulties, enabling them to connect with the storyImage

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Hi there, I’m Hannah. I am a 3rd year Primary Teaching student at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I have taken an elective entitled ‘Children, Creativity and Computers’ and have explored some of the various ways in which we can use technology to help children learn. Through this class, I have developed knowledge in both theoeritical elements of using computers to aid learning, but also have developed my practical skills. All the girls in the class are going crazzzzzzyy for blogs so I thought that I would give it a try and join the wonderful world of blogging. I hope you like my posts and that they are in some way useful for you!

Hannah