The personal mobile devices we see in the hands of our students are powerful tools for creation. Mistakes can be erased, experiments are easily undertaken, exploration is exciting, learning is student-centered and confidence reigns supreme.
It’s not about getting rid of the great things we’ve always done in the art room – the iPad and other technology can be valuable additions to your teaching tool kit. The studio really is a place where tech and teaching can work together to enhance student creativity, visual literacy, divergent thinking, ideation and more.
iPad Art Room provides resources, ideas and insights for exciting learning experiences that merge traditional art-making processes with innovative content, techniques and ways of thinking. Through these posts you’ll find lots of lesson ideas, teaching tips, resources and most importantly, inspiration. You’ll also see real examples from the classroom, because I’m a real teacher!
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I am proud to be a Digital Innovation in Learning Award recipient for 2014 – thank you EdSurge and Digital Promise!
We’re excited to be featured in Southside Hong Kong magazine – Mixing Paints and Pixels
Creativity featured in the Courier Mail!
Keynote: ‘Creativity form the Cave to Classroom’ for the Environmental Educators Annual Conference, Sydney
Stop-motion Challenge event for students and Animation Studio at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart
Our Dreaming: Animating Country stop-motion workshops series for the State Library Queensland to support the exhibition and online competition Our Dreaming: Animating Stories
Workshop Series: State Library Queensland, Apple Distinguished Educator iPad
Workshop: Association of Independent Schools iPads in Action – Visual Arts K-6 Sydney
Workshop Series: Teacher Training Australia, workshops for creative educators using technology, Brisbane & Gold Coast
Workshop Series: Big Scope professional Development, Workshops for Teachers in Canberra, Melbourne, Ipswich & Brisbane
Workshop Series: Bundaberg Regional Gallery
Workshop Series: Caloundra Regional Gallery
Workshops at Slide2Learn, Sydney
Workshops at Engage, Inspire, Enrich: Making connections in and through the Arts, Brisbane
Edutech, Australia’s biggest educational technology conference, Brisbane
Presention and workshops at Association of Independent Schools Visual Arts Conference: Visual Arts Education in Contemporary Times – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Workshops at Association of Independent Schools ICT Integration Conference, Sydney
Extended workshop and iPhoneography safari as a featured presenter at the 21st Century Learning Annual Conference, Hong Kong
ICT Showcase for Lutheran Education, Brisbane
Workshop at Queensland Art Teachers Association Annual Professional Development Day, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
“Cathy is one of those teachers who inspires everyone around her, both students and teachers. Her unrelenting passion for effective use of technology in the classroom makes her a significant leader in the Edtech community. Cathy’s presentations fully engage participants to action, making a real difference to teachers and students all over the world.”
Paul Hamilton Primary ICT Coordinator, Matthew Flinders College & Creator of ‘Apps by Paul Hamilton’
“Everything in your presentation was very well received and I have heard some really positive feedback from staff this morning”
Cathryn Bruton Head of Languages & International, Benowa State High School
“Excellent practical experience using technology relevant to the art room. I really enjoyed the hands-on activities and found the presenter’s knowledge and understanding of the practical applications of the iPad extensive and very professional”
Karen Wilbor-Smith Head of Visual Art, Miami State High School
“Cathy was very good at explaining apps and places they can be used in the classroom by providing examples”
Angie Carrara, Head of Visual Art, Nerang State High School
“Cathy keeps me motivated and excited with what I can teach the kids. She makes it look easy and in actual fact – it is!”
Michelle Challes Program Coordinator, Pimpama State School
“By far the best PD I have ever attended. I made resources and learnt skills that I could apply in the classroom the very next day. Fabulous”
Melissa Carroll Grade 1 Teacher, Pimpama State School
“Thanks Cathy. Your presentation was inspirational and interesting. It will be exciting to put our new found knowledge and newly inspired creative talents to use in the classroom.”
Julie Niblett Head of Department (Curriculum), Brisbane Youth Education & Training Center
“It is not easy getting a whole staff excited about staying after school and being fully engaged in an in-service, but you did it! I personally found the session inspirational, challenging as well as providing me pathways into getting started. One of my staff a manual arts teacher, commented to me the next day that he went home and explored some of the Apps with his son. Thanks to you I am sure my staff are on the path to transforming their lessons.”
Mike Hobbs Principal, Brisbane Youth Education & Training Center
“Excellent…Already seeing how I can us the apps in the classroom. I can’t wait.”
Brett Elphich Junior Schooling Coordinator, Springfield Central State High School
“It was great to learn about things specific to Art Education from someone trialling them in the classroom.”
Gaja Grieves Visual Arts Teacher, Springfield Central State High School
“Cathy is a great teacher/instructor on this topic – I learnt so much. I feel like I walked away with a mountain of knowledge.”
Jennifer Wright, Holland Park Kindergarten
“Great ideas and knowledge of iPad for practical use – really inspired to take to my classroom and embed into our school’s pedagogical framework.”
Rosy Kalamafoni Visual Art Teacher, Sunnybank State High School