Mrs. Shilling is an art teacher at Wakefield High School and has been working in the Wakefield Public School system for 30 years. She has seen digital learning from its very early stages here. She remembers a time when she had no idea how to use a computer in the art room, but now she doesn’t know how she functioned without one. Mrs. Shilling states that in art it is hard to go paperless, but they are trying to use less paper for non-project related activities such as rubrics. Mrs. Shilling has learned so much about technology throughout her years at Wakefield High School, and now doesn’t know what she would do without technology in the art department.
What is your go-to digital learning tool in your classes?
My computer: that is where I get all my research. I show class information by projection on tv, and Google for inspiration exactly how to do things really good examples
Why do use this tool and not another one?
Because it is right at my fingertips easier and more organized.
How do your students typically respond to your use of it?
The most we do is graded rubrics on classroom. There is a learning curve, especially because rubric doesn't show up the same on every device. It is almost more work to do it electronically as opposed to paper, but I want to go paperless for rubrics.
In your own opinion, how you have seen tech/digital learning change in your time at WHS?
I can remember a time when I was unsure of how to use a computer in the art room, now I'm unsure how I would do things without it. When we brought in the first art program and started with adobe illustrator and taught in the PC lab it was difficult to try to deal with the size of the project and student’s would save/ render projects and it would take overnight to save projects, we use computer a lot to help with layout and design, with my own work, documents created for students, and image manipulation. There were no computers when I first started and the school has gotten much better technology wise.
How have digital learning tools changed your practice?
They really haven’t. We’ll never go paperless in art. students will always work with paper, pencils and paint, tech will always be secondary.
What goals do you have for using digital learning tools in the future?
I would like to continue to have computers in the room for students to use for image manipulation or reference material, right now I am looking for a giant screen (12 feet) so we could see giant images. I want to become more familiar with classroom, and use engrade maybe?