Getting the students to focus for 15 minutes while I taught them the steps and instructions for the new lesson was a challenge. I constantly had to redirect their focus. I felt that the students were not engaged, they were not focused on my lessons. It seemed that they were not interested in the process, only in the end product. This led me to do some research on how I could capture the new generation of technology oriented students without losing any important learned art methods I had accumulated through the years as a teacher and as an artist. After much research, and many creative processes, I decided to decrease teacher direct instruction by increasing student led learning with Explain Everything app.
Not only is it great for my student led art projects it’s so teacher tech. friendly! Included in each of my Explain Everything projects is a lesson plan that includes a video, particular artist or story connected to the lesson, my directions, my examples, students guided video, student example, and students comments, questions, and overall project. All of this in one project which you can print or share easily with your administration or other art teachers! Explain Everything is a tool that not only makes it easier for teachers to use it in the classroom, it makes student led lessons fun and exciting for our future leaders.