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How can we collectively transform public education through the arts to create a better future for everyone?

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Hello from Ann Wettrich

Name Ann Wettrich
Date of conversation Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Conversation Participants Alliance Teaching & Learning Committee members present:
Julia Marshall, Sabrina Klein, Rica Anderson, Ann Wettrich,
Nancy Ng, Carolyn Carr (and Kim Turner follow up meeting comments)
Meeting Topics? Digital Media: What does democratic media mean to you? What digital media do you currently use in your work and how? Ideas for KQED to
support your work.
Where are we now? Share key takeaways
Summary of ways group members are using digital media:
– Power Point (beyond obvious professional presentation use; using with students to present their research and thinking process leading up to the final product or artwork.
– Smart Phones camera and slide show functions. Luna is using to text choreographic prompts to teachers and students who then send back documentation of their resulting work. Good evidence of learning for documentation and evaluation purposes.

– Pencha Chucha Presentations using digital slide technology to present quick exchanges of work.
– Ning tools to facilitate group dialogue and work across time and space.
– Classes (open source and proprietary); Example: I Tunes U
– WordPress – Blogsite for classes where can convene dialogue between classes; post readings, resources and links, assignments, syllabi, synopsis of classes and documentation of teaching and learning process–helps to make learning visible and offers space for reflection.

– Arts/Education/Ideas websites, videos and educational resources Art 21, SPARK, TED Talks, ED Talks
– e-books, audio books
– mind mapping
– Google for research and gathering images

Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways Ideas for KQED to help advance our work. Summary includes:
– Creating a show (radio, tv) on The Art of Education
– SPARK episode on teaching as an artform, following the work of teaching artists.
– Showcasing innovative approaches to teaching and learning thru the arts that contrast with mainstream standardized test scores and achievement oriented dialogue.
– Assert arts primacy throughout history and its important role in education.
Next Steps? The group enjoyed this exploratory and informative conversation and decided that we should incorporate one conversation on a topic connected to our work at each meeting. We meet three times a year. For our next meeting in May we’ve decided to have a conversation on collaboration.

4 Comments on “Hello from Ann Wettrich”

  1. Ann Wettrich says:

    ADDENDUM. I meant to include in the above Kim Turner’s response re digital media uses. Art Esteem is using it for digital media for storytelling related to their superhero mural project.

  2. This subject is a favorite one of mine. I would really like to see a summer workshop for digital literacy and access and I am happy to partner with anyone interested.
    There is a wide divide between those that pencha cucha, powerpoint and ning and those that don’t. Identifying those digital leaders in each district, at each school site, in each classroom in an important step.
    I am also very happy to see evidence of this meeting and this conversation using this tool. The transparency gives me hope.
    FYI May 10th 4-6 @ Jefferson, San Leandro the Southside Arts Learning Leadership Meeting will be hosting Kristen Farr and introducing SPARK performing arts content.

  3. Ann Wettrich says:

    Hi Susan! I like your idea for a summer workshop….could be offered as an elective through the Alliance’s arts integration specialist program or TAO. Getting creatively savvy about using these tools will help to create the kind of buzz you mentioned in your earlier
    blog. I could use one of those workshops myself as I tried to attach a few beehive images
    and couldn’t figure out how to do it.

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