I was playing around with the ArtPad from art.com and I find it a totally engaging experience. I love watching the playback of how someone else draws or paints. This site does a really good job allowing you to control playback of your own design or a design already contained in the gallery. The site is so simple to use and it works great on the Smart Board.
This site has obvious uses in an art class but can also add a lot of engagement to an otherwise stagnant lesson.
For example, teachers or students could solve math problems and then decorate the solution for a little artistic touch.
Teachers could have a review lesson called "Painting Your Way to Success" where students get to come to the SMART Board and solve a Math problem. If they solve the problem correctly, they get to spend time decorating it and signing it as long as they don't cover the answer. Teachers could then post the links to the finished art work for students and parents to review. How excited do you think students would be if their Math art work was featured on the Internet and shared by the teacher?!! If you click on the picture above, you can see it being created in artPad. You may want to adjust the speed of the playback.
Please share your ideas for using this site in the classroom!
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