This next term I will be teaching a new Technology & Media Arts elective at my high school. As a Fine Arts credit, it will be a combination of Drama, Music and Art and be completely project-based. The goal is to expose students to creative technology tools (Photoshop, Garageband, iMovie, Illustrator, InDesign, etc) while providing an authentic audience for their creations.
I really want to change the way students see design and creativity in their everyday lives. One of the ways I will be doing this is by encouraging students to take creative photos with their cell phones and upload them to Instagram, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, or Pinterest. We will explore free photo editing apps and experiment with editing in Photoshop. Students will take their images and create collages based around themes, inspirational quotes or for specific school purposes. I have a few ideas in mind but I really want the students to come up with their own ideas. Most of the students at my high school have a cell phone but we also have access to five Sony Bloggie Touch cameras – so everyone should be able to access to equipment.
Here are a few photos from my camera where I have been experimenting, Some of the Apps I use are: Pic Stitch (free), Popsicolor ($1.99), Juxtaposer ($2.99), PowerSketch ($0.99), InstaEffect FX (Free & $1.99), and Camera+ ($0.99)