Update – Using a Class Blog in AP Art History

I previously posted about using a class blog in conjunction with DropBox to do bi-monthly visual projects in AP Art History. You can read about them here: “Using Blogs in Class – AP Art History” and “DropBox – An Excellent and *Free* Resource for Educators.” This week, my students presented their second version of the project. They continue to impress me as they develop and hone their critical writing skills and ability to view and analyze Art. I am very happy with how this project has been developing for several reasons: it is a repository of visual information for the students to develop their image catalogue, they share information and further research on objects, it provides them regular and reviewed practice in analyzing and writing about Art, they are practicing their public speaking skills, and they are learning to read and constructively analyze their peers’ work.

Here are the instructions for the project itself:

For extra credit, I allow them to comment meaningfully on one-another’s stories. It encourages them to read each other’s work and to think about it seriously.

Here is an example of some of their phenomenal work this week.

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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8 Responses to Update – Using a Class Blog in AP Art History

  1. Leah Treesh says:

    I like that you include an oral component. I also find that your specificity is great because the task is clear but still open to individual analysis and creativity.

  2. kamole says:

    Nice Post thanks i will add the link in my facebook :)

  3. Ccie Labs says:

    A perfect thing for room decoration in the centre. Very inrtrusting information. Will be back again. :)

  4. What did you use to design your blog? It’s really awesome can you send me an email and let me know?

  5. Andrew says:

    Nice post… I always felt like Hermes didn’t get as much as play as he deserved ;)

  6. meier says:

    I do not like it.

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