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Presenting “License to Cull” with @oharebros and @NewYork564 in Room 124 at 2:30! @The_School #ISTE2015 #artsed

  Super honored to be presenting License to Cull: Art History, Media Literacy, Ethics and Photoshop with my stellar art colleagues, Yoshiko Maruiwa and Katelin O’Hare from the The School at Columbia University.

We’ll share an integrated unit that examines fine art and the fine print. Students learn about ownership, copyright, licensing, media literacy, fair use, Creative Commons, Wikimedia and Photoshop.

See our slides full of links and resources below:

As part of the 6th grade integrated study of the Renaissance in English, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, and Wellness, we designed a Photoshop unit where students locate a Renaissance painting and layer themselves into it as either the main character or an additional character. While we teach the basics of Photoshop, we also facilitate rich discussions about a variety of topics including ownership, copyright, licensing, fair use, and the public domain. Our students use their assigned laptops to research, collaborate, and create throughout the unit. We discuss the Mona Lisa’s various owners and examine a variety of copyrightable contributions that have been made to Leonardo da Vinci’s original art from multiple artists over the years. We read the fine print and Terms of Use for Google Art Project and Artstor. We talk about how Photoshop is utilized to manipulate most images on advertisements and in magazines and how that affects body image and society’s standard of beauty. We discuss ways to locate fair-use art and dissect licenses from Creative Commons to encourage respectful and ethical use of others’ artistic creations. Further, we discuss the lawsuit between the Associated Press and Shepard Fairey over Fairey’s Barack Obama Hope poster. After completing their Photoshop collage, the students added their images to a shared online album. Additionally, students included their work on their digital art portfolios where they were expected to write an “artist statement” for their piece and comment on their classmates’ creations.

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Grateful for yet another awesome year of working with the student reporters of @The_School’s @NewRoarTimes.


I spent Wednesdays from 11:00-11:30am with this amazing group of 4th graders. They gave up 30 minutes of recess time in order to exercise in a different way. They researched, wrote, linked, and cited their way into my heart, and every week I reminded them how much I enjoyed our sessions.

This year, Editor-in-Chief Hope D., reached out to other classes, and it was so gratifying to hear back from 3rd-8th graders who are interested in submitting guest posts to the New Roar Times. Can’t wait for next year!

Follow the kids on Twitter: @NewRoarTimes

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Extra! Extra! The @NewRoarTimes student newspaper at @The_School is back in business!

After our long summer hiatus, The New Roar Times has officially re-launched for the 2013-2014 school year. Last year, a couple of 3rd graders had a desire to produce a student-run newspaper, and I was thrilled that they asked me to be a part of their adventure. There’s nothing I’d rather do than help a child succeed. My weekly half-hour sessions with the staff were a highlight of my year, and I was really glad that these kids enthusiastically rallied to start up the paper again this year.

Hope, our impressively hard-working, prolific, and enthusiastic Editor-in-Chief, managed to gather over 30 of her 4th grade classmates to participate in this year’s newspaper! This year, as Hope informed me, we’ll even have foreign correspondents! Two of her classmates are currently abroad in France and England yet still able to contribute to The New Roar Times. Check out her sign-up sheet (in the photo gallery above) where she reminded students that signing up meant making a commitment. I owe a debt of gratitude to Heather Tyrrell, 4th grade teacher, who had a heart-to-heart early in the year with her class about what it means to make a commitment and stick to it.

Our workflow involves a shared GoogleSite where students write a new post for each article and include their text and the URL for any images. Then Hope or I help edit the piece. Finally, we copy and paste the text and images onto our newspaper’s website powered by RebelMouse. Since you have to be 13 to use RebelMouse, I (or Hope’s mom) login and monitor this process. Similarly, I (or Hope’s mom) oversee the postings to our Twitter feed as well.

Find us online!
Our website: http://NewRoarTimes.com
Our Twitter: http://twitter.com/NewRoarTimes

Here’s a link to my post about the launch of The New Roar Times last year.

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October 7, 2013 · 2:58 pm

Just had our end-of-year wrap party for the @NewRoarTimes 3rd grade newspaper!

New Roar Times
The crew of the New Roar Times!

When a crew of 3rd graders approached me about helping them start a student-run newspaper, I jumped at the chance. Though I don’t usually work directly with kids in the younger grades, I’ll support anyone who asks for assistance. Especially if the Editor-in-Chief is a feisty future-President named Hope, and her crew is a group of adorable and ambitious classmates with an achievable goal. The third grade teachers (@dorakio, @kinderbanks, @zoepgrade3, @trcs, @franckystc) were all really supportive and enthusiastic about the endeavor too.

So, I carved out a 30-minute time slot during Thursday recess, and over 20 students gathered weekly to write and edit articles. I set up a Google Site where each reporter had their own announcement page and made a new post for every story. Hope wrote her own editorials and did some light editing on the reporters’ stories before I posted their work to our New Roar Times site. We used RebelMouse to power our digital newspaper, and since you need to be 13+ to use the site, I had a conversation with Hope’s mom about that. We share each article/post to our @NewRoarTimes Twitter feed as well.

These weekly work sessions with the New Roar Times crew were equally inspiring, productive, and fun. Children came up with original story ideas or volunteered to write about community events (The Day of Silence, the 8th grade musical, the Book Fair, etc.). At our wrap party today, we talked about continuing with our club next year when they are 4th graders. I also reminded them that Hope and I are available all summer via email if they have any article, book review, movie review that they’d like to publish.

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