Yoshiko Maruiwa is a member of the 6th grade faculty team here at The School at Columbia University. She teaches Art, and it is a pleasure to collaborate with her on a few different projects each year. After a unit, Yoshiko tries to have the kids take photos of their artwork to load onto shared albums on The Gallery (our in-house photo server powered by Drupal). They then “point” to these images when writing posts on their personal digital portfolio of their work.
Recently, 6th graders completed mosaics – which correlated with their study of Islam and Islamic art. Yoshiko created the following simple slide show for students to use as a guide for taking better photographs of their finished tiles.
I popped in on a 6th Grade Spanish class led by Clarissa Leal
. Her students are using Google Sketchup
to design Islamic structures using similar characteristics they noted from their analysis of La Albambra.
6th grade studies Mecca for the first trimester: They read Habibi in English, learn Arabic counting games and melodies in Music, discuss The Crusades in Social Studies, construct geometric tesselations in Math, and examine the historical, political, and cultural significance of Islam in Social Studies (and throughout our integrated curriculum).
Unfortunately my Google Sketchup skills are weak, and I’m relying on the old “ask three people before you ask me” trick. I’m also modeling how to use the online help menu to answer questions. There are a couple of kids making hand-drawn models…