Heritage has HEART: Art and Technology Combine

Heritage has Heart: Art and Technology Combine
Posted on 03/29/2019
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Heritage has Heart project shows lots of different students holding their heartsEvery student at Heritage Early Childhood School recently created a heart-themed art project. Not for Valentine’s Day, but to echo the school’s positive behavior initiative, Heritage has HEART. Students earn hearts, either individually or as a class, by demonstrating the aspects of the school’s motto.

HEART stands for:

  • Helpful and Kind;
  • Expert Problem Solvers;
  • Always Safe;
  • Respectful and Responsible; and
  • Teamwork.

Art teacher Laura Siambekos  regularly encourages her students to respond to the art they create, but this time she incorporated technology. After completing a heart-themed project, students asked themselves how they have earned a heart for themselves or their class. Instead of just writing a response to the question, Siambekos recorded the students using iPads.

Knowing that the students would want to take their masterpieces home, Siambekos photographed students holding their artwork and then added a QR code to the picture. The result is an interactive display lining the halls of the school. “This is the first time we’ve used QR codes to record their responses,” she said.

The students have enjoyed this project, with kindergartners using tissue paper to create heart shapes, first graders drawing a heart and second graders using pieces of clay to create the shape. First grader Mia Riddle loved the project. “The tissue paper changed color when we used water on the paint brush,” she excitedly explained.

Second grader Zane Mathes loved using oil pastels on his clay heart. “It made it look better and cleaner,” he noted. Second graders were also given the opportunity to take a museum walk through the hallways. Armed with iPads and headphones, they scanned the QR codes and were able to listen to their fellow artists explain how they have HEART.

“The kids have loved seeing what other kids have made,” said Siambekos. Parents have also been invited to visit. Siambekos posted the display on See Saw, an interactive program teachers use to share student work with parents. Parents who are unable to visit school are still able to experience the project and can also comment on the posts. “The project grew from what it was originally going to be,” Siambekos reflected. “I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.”