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Time Lapse Videos

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:05 pm on Friday, December 16, 2016

Time lapse is a tool or process that could be used in any content area.  These short videos condense slow movement or motion into a concise video.  In a science class room they could be used to show movement of plants bending over time in relation to light.

As an art teacher, I could use this time lapse in a documentary photography course to show movement over the course of the day (i.e. traffic in a city, sunrise and sunset, cloud formations, and process of experienced artists at work.)  Students could also use this tool in an assignment to show their own art skills learned within a specific course.

In my example time lapse videos I have used this tool to show oil painting techniques such as glazing  which adds small layers of change to already dried areas of paint as well as throwing pottery on the wheel.


Educational Technology Statement

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:01 am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My living google document of this Ed Tech statement can also be accessed here.

Miranda Figgs

Educational Technology Philosophy Statement

I see myself using technology in my high school art classroom to relay information from older art processes such as oil painting, ceramic, and darkroom techniques over to digital based processes.   Technology is something that is ever evolving and the education system has somewhat failed its students in not keeping up with the demands of the 21st century workforce.  Technology is something that is not always very attainable due to financial constraints, but willpower, writing grants, and advocating for students in a technology based generation can take a class a long way in terms of getting students up to speed on what will be required of them as commercial artists.  With graphic design, illustrator, photoshop, videography, and digital portfolios growing in importance to independent artists, students need to be exposed to these elements in their schooling.  

New processes are popping up in the art realm as well as every other aspect of life.  Ceramicists are using wadding to make sculptures, something that would have been taboo for a classical ceramic artists,  photoshop has taken a hold of commercial product marketing, documentary photography and videography are able to give insight to art processes that would have been underwraps before the internet, online portfolios and independent webpages get patrons in contact with artists within seconds.  Similarly, “New Media” is an art form based in the overlap of technical processes including the internet as an art form of mass communication.  These new and overlapping techniques are something that most instructors are uncomfortable teaching because there aren’t always clear and concise answers associated, it is still in its blurry stage and boundaries are still being formed around this media.

Teachers are afraid to teach something that students may know more about than themselves.  However, technology in the classroom by nature is always changing and growing and should be a learning experience in the same way that scientific advances affect the content that we teach students. Teaching anything other than the most updated version would be doing students a disservice and would be disadvantaging the educator as well because they too would be lacking information and not expanding his or her own horizons.  It is very much so based in a discomfort that is always accompanied by growth.  This discomfort associated with growing pains is something that must be felt to avoid leaving students behind in a digital world.  


Lesson Plan + Flip Chart

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:22 pm on Monday, December 12, 2016

High school Entry level Graphic design Lesson using Online Virtual Tours, Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, and Photoshop negatives.

  1. Find an intriguing composition based on historic examples from virtual tour
  2. Scan in the image using a color scanner7a8b82f69393f78d64fd8d95756ea2c8-2(In my flip chart I dropped in this image from the dome to experiment with my own colors)
  3. Photoshop magnetic lasso tool to change original image and experiment with color (using paper traditionally).
  4. Print image on color photo paper or take it a step farther using photoshop negatives

This flip chart lesson offers an introductory insight to Photoshop and/or illustrator software.  This could be applicable to an introductory graphic design course, drawing, design, or even ceramic tile course.  The final slide of my flip chart explains the various uses and diversity within this lesson.


  • Virtual Tours allow students to explore endless sites that they would otherwise be unable to visit due to time and financial restraints.  Some websites are better than others for this, but it beats only being able to see two dimensional images of a space.  In this lesson, students are asked to specifically look at Medieval architectural structures found in the middle east.  For my demonstration, I used mosaics found from the Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem.
  • Scanning images on a high resolution colored scanner and pulling them into photoshop is a beginner’s skill that is necessary for independent artists from all media to know.  Students learn how to use the magnetic and lasso tools in Photoshop as well as tools to refine edges to be able to seamlessly edit and create effects that mimic that of precious metals and stones.  Color theory comes into play in the students’ individual decision making process.  Students will hopefully be able to gain confidence in digital photo editing from this lesson and will be inspired to continue to take graphics courses and expand their own art history knowledge.
  • Creating Negatives to use alternative photo processing methods is something that requires the acquisition of skill in not only the darkroom, but also in photoshop’s curves and levels as well as tools to inverse color and create negatives.  Students use a color ink jet printer with light emulsion covered light sensitive transparency to feed into the printer.  This non- traditional “negative” can be heavily photoshopped, but still use the controlled techniques that are lent easily to the darkroom.  This is a skill that can be used over or in correlation with many different art styles.



Meme Generators in the classroom

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:58 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meme generators are websites or apps that compile text with images to create a funny and/or relatable statement to an audience.  The best memes that I found are for classroom management.  Classroom rules can be displayed in a funny way that students will actually notice and pay attention to.  Memes in this way can be used as ice breakers for students amongst one another at the beginning of the semester or at any given time between the teacher and the students.  Memes can also be used to convey the content or paraphrase material in a visual way.  This idea of meme creation to parallel or accompany material can be made into a project for students to create their own memes to assess student learning.  These creation is a skill that uses bloom’s higher order thinking because the student has to be able to really understand before making small decisions throughout the creation process.  Students have to understand the context, know the tone they are trying to convey, and send an appropriate message through that tone of voice or character in the meme.

Memes are also very popular amongst teacher groups to share in their daily woes and accomplish a sense of camaraderie.  img_5785meme-memecreator


Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:45 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Socrative –  This is a tool that is really similar and somewhat less competitive than that of Kahoot.  For this reason it may not be as interesting to students.  I also found it to be less user friendly than other assessment tools.  There are options for pre-made quizzes as well as games using multiple choice questions, true/ false, and short answer.  The data can be filed easily for user accessibility, but I haven’t had anyone take my quiz yet, so the ease of that is to be determined, but all of the links also show you how they can be used within the tool.  Students are able to type in the instructor’s room number code to access the quiz really quickly and answers can be shared or hidden depending on instructor preference.  I enjoyed this tool, but I think that it’s more boring for students than Kahoot in my personal opinion.

To access a Socrative quiz that belongs to another user, make sure that they have their share toggle switched on and that they give your their unique SOC number to that specific quiz.



Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:03 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016


The best three ways I have found screen shots used in the classroom is:

  • Formative Assessment usage by file sharing accomplishments / achievements (for the instructor)
  • Portfolio of student work filed (for parents or students upon completion of the course)
  • Using screenshots to support writing. This is used by using the screenshot as a tool for student recollection of his or her process.


How to put it into action:  

Macintosh computers – Command+Shift+3

Windows computers – Ctrl + Print/Scan and select the designated shot.

iPad  –  Home button + the power button at the same time.


Digital Story Telling

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:36 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016
I wrote a book for my two dogs, Frank and Beans using Story Jumper.  This site is really user friendly and can be used at every age level.  There is only so much that can be done within it, but having guidelines for an assignment would make this project a lot more interesting.  I could see middle school and high school students feeling like this site is juvenile and that they are too old for this resource.  However,  I am 21 and was really impressed by all the cool props and sets that you could use on the free trial subscription within the site.
This site asks students to create something and therefor is guiding students toward higher order thinking skills, because after all students have to have the skills prior to being able to create and reflect on the material/ subject matter being discussed.  The site also has a “library” of books to choose from based on your interest that you can buy if you so choose, but have online access to.  You can also buy the rights to your own story books to be able to get them printed.  Overall a good resource and tool for younger students maybe elementary age.


The Teaching Palette Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 3:40 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Teacher blog comment Link blogging-3

Interactive Websites

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 3:34 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Sensory Learning This includes a cute little lesson with visual aids.  It is then followed by a quick and easy Quiz.  This could be for a precursor anatomy lesson.  This could also be an adolescent age science lesson precursor.
  • Magic Tree House  This site encourages reading (especially good for younger students during school breaks).  It includes exploration that expands on the reading and young student imagination by links such as souvenirs and passports from past “trips” taken through the reading series.
  • Toporopa  This is a student lead learning experience based in world geography. When you finally win there is some random animal there to celebrate with you.
  • Virtual Sistine Chapel Experience murals and other things that are normally limited to two textbook angles.  Students get the opportunity to somewhat experience what spaces are like in a 3 dimensional sense courtesy of virtual reality experience programs such as this.
  • Virtual Piano I was able to play 2 Chain’s song “I’m different”  on the piano which is something that I’ve never been able to do before.  Reading music could be a thing of the past for people able to look past music being read as nonsensical words with this virtual piano site.

Education World’s tips for technology and class management

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 2:54 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Original article  

  • Tech based lesson planned?  Run through the lesson before hand.  This is a tip that is common across all lesson plans. The more hiccups in the lesson, the more distractions there will be.
  • The importance of going over respect rules, this is important regarding lab classes where students can listen to music/ work at their own pace.  Rules and guidelines such as make sure technology is away when someone is speaking.
  • Print out copy of step by step directions to navigate longer assignments even in the technology lab.
  • Key stroke cheat codes on a wire ring are helpful at all ages because these rule vary widely between software programs.
  • Students should be rewarded for teaching the instructor technology ideas to further class direction.

Other than the harvested tips mentioned above,  I found the website very much outdated and lacking in real shortcuts.  The shortcuts article was posted in 2013, but still uses cheats that require print offs and lamination.  It is a do it yourself teachers site that gives tips regarding all k-12 subjects. I do like some of these concepts that may be in an attempt to bridge the technological divide for younger students, but I don’t think that these would be as applicable at the high school level.  Kids are being exposed to new forms of technology in the classroom at a younger age than ever before.  Kansas middle school students are being given chrome books to be able to lead their own learning experiences.  This is something that creates a factor of intimidation for older teachers.  I think this is partly to blame for this website still being referenced and relevant.  I found this site through Pinterest as tool for teachers in computer lab settings.

Look at that depth of field!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:48 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016



…and the black vignette framing!

How could you use burning and dodging to get this effect in the dark room?

Embedded Oil Technique Video

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:36 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Online Survey – Survey Monkey: Design

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:17 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

I have a ten question survey for students in their first ever art course (Intro to art/ design/ drawing students) you can find it at Design Survey which is a customized survey created through Survey Monkey.

My experience in creating my own online survey was that Survey monkey isn’t as user friendly as that of Google Forms, but maybe it has more features and uses that expand more in the professional subscription.   It doesn’t explain what the different categories of questions really do.  For this reason I didn’t get as adventurous as I could have gotten, but there were plenty to explore given that I only made 10 questions.

Any one could use this tool in the classroom, but I could see it being easy for educators to create really boring surveys using this tool in the free mode.  It also has really bad celebrity and/or political joke questions in the suggested questions, so maybe not having students use this tool for any projects would be a good idea.  None of the suggested survey questions were very helpful or relevant either so I was kind of annoyed to have to hit skip every time.  Overall a cool free tool especially for companies that could use this on a wider scale.  online-surveymonkey

Video Creation – Texture

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:04 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Texture Ceramics video

This is a slab building lesson demonstration for texture found within nature and added/ pressed into leather hard clay.  video-2

Texture Study Webquest

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:53 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2016

This Texture Study Webquest is categorized within Bloom’s Taxonomy of higher order thinking skills as  creating/ synthesizing/ evaluation.  After being presented the information on slab building, students are asked to create three slabs using two differing techniques.  The students are to discuss their reasoning for choosing their “emphasis technique” or the technique that they choose to make a second study of.  They are asked to justify their stylistic choices in critique as well in a written reflection to solidify their own personal style/ preference somewhat.webquest-2


Online Tools – Unstuck

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 10:01 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016

I got the opportunity to present the online tool/ web app,  Unstuck that is almost a mediator between the teacher, the lesson, the learning, and the student.  It has tools within the web app or the downloadable app that help the student to manage their time more efficiently, get motivated, to solve everyday problems, content specific problems,  etc.  I registered for the free unstuck app and my issues today qualified me as an “ad liber” and that was my problem. So, it had me organize my day better to reach my short term goals and set up that visual chart for me and connected me with others experiencing issues with really similar specifics within my list of issues/obstacles.  I like that the tool is free as well as just as expansive as one can imagine if they are willing to pay the one time  subscription fee of $50.  This app considers personal and/or professional issues/ goals/ concerns/ and considerations.    Also, I learned that this page uses a “hamburger menu” in the upper left to navigate the main pages.

This is something that I would see as really practical for a homeroom class to all connect on.  A teacher would be able to track their student’s progress to see if they are meeting their even their shorter term goals and can also screen for only screen professional issues.  It is one way for teachers and students alike to connect and problem solve as a team.

Interactive Whiteboard

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:29 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016

A lot of the tools that are used in the IWB software are really similar to that of Microsoft’s paint and  Adobe’s Photoshop/ illustrator’s tools and layers . This was something that I had a weird interest/  connection toward.  However, One thing I really struggled with during this lesson was Pownell’s golden rule of always locking objects to prevent leaving your workspace cluttered.   I wasted some time in the process of learning this rule. Trying to arrange things on the same layer leaving them close together could be nearly impossible.

Something that I wish I had learned more about is the rubber band tool.  I like the concept of it, but am still somewhat unsure about how it could be put to use or maybe more cool examples of things that could be done with these tools.   I also really enjoyed the access of inserting math/game/etc.  tools.  This helps to involve the students in their own learning process and to see their own successes or to work as small teams within the classroom.

Dragging and dropping answers into containers to check and see if they’re correct or using different tools to accomplish the same task in a more efficient way, such as, using an eraser tool and layers rather than the magic reveal, or using the action browser to set certain shapes or images to be associated with a certain action to have students check answers, lead them back to the instructions page, etc.  These are all subjects within the iwb course foundation that I feel like I took away about a four and a half on a “Fist to Five” comfort scale.   I would like to spend more time learning this tool and getting to be more efficient with its use.


SAMR Model – Product / Knowledge

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 7:24 pm on Monday, September 19, 2016

Substitution –  Early childhood,  Junior High, and even High School are able to reap the benefits of this technology, saving time and money. It is that of the Cricket paper cutter for  which can be used in the arts and crafts k-12 classroom. If the start up funds required for this gadget/ tool are nowhere to be found, it can be easily reverse substituted by its ancestor the foam paper punch stamps or a stencil set duo -ed with a pair of scissors and a 4b drawing pencil.

Augmentation – Electric Potter’s wheel could be used rather than a traditional kick wheel and are being used in universities nationwide. However, some traditionalists and peace seeking artists purposefully stray from the idea of an electric motorized pottery wheel.  This is supposedly due to its soft humming noise and seemingly fast speeds/ lack of control, but the electric wheel provides a steady and consistent speed for  building less accident prone throwing habits… oops techniques.  This example would be for that of the middle to high school and beyond range.

Modification – Group Messengers such as google classroom can be used to help students connect and dig deeper into specific art media.  They can build off one another’s ideas and trouble shoot together.  Only applicable for secondary, but could be used for teacher collaborative works/projects at all levels.

Using an Elmo or a camera with a telephoto lens  and an overhead projector would save a demonstration say when using water colors.  You would be able to see the detailed strokes that the instructor would be talking about. Students would be the demonstration from their seats while being able to keep up on their own projects rather than being huddled around the instructor’s table/desk.   The instructor is used to having to repeat a lesson for students that couldn’t see well and were easily distracted during a crowded demonstration with limited class time.  It is a more unifying version of a classroom demo and would be very useful at every grade level and even potentially at the collegiate level.  I personally love them because my vision has been rapidly decreasing and they can be very detailed which would be really useful in a special needs art class.

Redefinition-  Using Near Pod in a classroom to have students be able to interact with the lesson or screen share in a demo of a graphic design tool in adobe indesign.  These tools weren’t possible prior to the creation of these programs/software.

Pinterest – Skill Product

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 6:11 pm on Monday, September 19, 2016

Pinterest page for educators to share 
Pinterest page to increase student knowledge 

Pinterest is a tool that is becoming almost as diverse as the internet itself.  It has everything from tattoos to gardening to how to embroider.  It is a staple for those that are interested in saving money, crafters, homemade/ organi gurus, or diy centered families.  I found a lot more resources than I had initially expected to find on this site/ search engine.  However, one frustrating characteristic about Pinterest is that some of the links are down or out of service.  They need to be screened better or more often.  This makes me wonder if they are struggling to fund staff due to their lack of advertisement/ premium memberships.

QR Code Generator

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:54 am on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Return back to my main page with this QR code for no real reason.static_qr_code_without_logo

I made this QR code by googling the best QR code generators.  They asked me to sign up for a subscription for a QR code generator, but that I could generate a Static QR code for free.  I did the latter.  I made sure to copy the link that I wanted my students/peers/audience to be able to scan into the Text box on the generator webpage.  I then made sure to insert the media and made sure that the text/code went into the designated text box instead of the visual tab.

Information Literacy

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:42 am on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This is in response to the Webpage Definition of Information Literacy.  The ever evolving, increasingly rich, and constant expansion of technology as well as knowledge justifies the proven importance and efficiency behind information literacy in the 21st century.  This idea and conversation behind information literacy  is necessary for a democratic, argumentative, and/or thoughtful community.  Information literacy is essential to the communication between a teacher and his or her students.  As an art educator there are many forms of art media that is directly linked to expanding on one another’s informative works in a community studio working environment.   After all education and the sharing of information is how we have gotten to our current state of technological advancements.

The studies behind information literacy in schools has shown that it is proven to lead to an increase in curiosity/ independent research amongst students.  This characteristic of being able to protect ones own ideas independently  at a young age is brought about by the confidence that comes with expansion of information.  Younger students would in turn begin considering the world’s gage of trustworthy sources.

With this use of practice and linking lectures to hands on tasks information helps student retention/gain ability in the most effective way.  These practices increase reliability between students and educators.  Students are more able to hold their educators accountable.  Recording student process in their growth of information makes them feel capable of his/ her own future success.  More specifically I would do this by showing them my web sources from the original artist’s page with his/her artist’s statement, mach job interviews, presentations, or by oral test.  Then having them record their own similar processes in finding and utilizing resources/inspiration.  Improvement books, expansion/ honing/ jigsaw groups,  and positive feedback/critique groups. These groups rely on one another’s information and are noticeably efficient in comparison to individual seat work.infoliteracy



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Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:55 am on Monday, August 29, 2016


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The Goblin behind the coffee bags in the hallway was the hardest challenge for me.  Some of the questions were also somewhat tricky.  However,  I thought it covered a lot of ground and was cute.  Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 9.27.03 PMplagiarism-2

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