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Technology Integration in K-8 Visual and Performing Arts



8:30 – 9:10 - Opening Session


    What is Technology Integration?


9:15-10:15 Session One


    Scratch; Molly Schroeder, Edina Public Schools


10:15-10:30 Break


10:30 – 11:15 Session Two


    Across Time & Space: Video Conferencing in Dance Education


11:15 – 12:15 Lunch on Your Own


12:15- 1:15 Session Three


    Web 2.0 in the Art Room:Online Image Editing and Portfolio Tools


1:20-2:10 Session Four




2:10-2:20 Break


2:20 -3:20 Session Five 


    MovieMaker Video Research Projects in a Music Performance Class


3:25-3:20 – Wrap up and Evaluation

Session Descriptions

Scratch is a free, block-based programming environment created by MIT to produce media and teach programming concepts. Using drag-and-drop techniques to join together block icons representing code, students create games, stories, and simulations in which programmable objects called "sprites" move and interact.  Scratch's graphic block-based environment provides an excellent platform for introducing computer science concepts such as objects, methods, and conditional statements. 

Dowload SCRATCH program at

Resources for Scratch

Across Time & Space: Video Conferencing in Dance Education

Perpich Center for Arts Education provides online resources that help teachers provide rich meaningful arts experiences for students across Minnesota, and dance has been at the forefront in several of these projects. Video conferencing reinforces classroom work as students learn dances and practice critical thinking skills through interactive sessions with Teaching Artists. Come see how we use video conferencing in fresh and artful ways in two dance education projects, and how it supports job-embedded coaching for teachers. Participate in a Latin Dance session yourself and experience what it’s like to learn dance in a blended online model.

The elements of dance are the foundational concepts and vocabulary for developing movement skills as well as understanding dance as an art form.  Learn more about the elements of dance as you watch video clips of outstanding Minnesota choreographers, and download tools and student worksheets for classroom use:

Find out about the origins of Merengue dance and practice some basic moves:

Eighth graders at Ellis Middle School in Austin study global cultures through the arts in a semester-long Art Ex (Art Experience) course. Together with staff at the Perpich Center for Arts Education and Minneapolis Public Schools Online Professional Development, teachers and students interact with specific dance learning objects and various reflective tools in Artful Online, and use video conferencing to work with World Dance Specialists. http://opd.mpls.k12.mn.us/Art_Ex.html

Web 2.0 in the Art Room:  Online Image Editing an Portfolio Tools

With the proliferation of web 2.0 tools including services and online "cloud" applications there are many new tools that have direct application in the visual arts classroom.  From free online photo editors that rival Adobe Photoshop to online tools that can be utilized to create student portfolios there is now a plethora of quality online tools that can be in the art teacher's tool belt.  Come learn what is available, discuss integration strategies, and discuss implications these tools have for your practice and your profession.

Web 2.0 Portfolio Tools

Web 2.0 Photo Tools

MovieMaker Video Research Projects in a Music Performance Class

Using cooperative small groups, I created a research project that utilizes MovieMaker as the presentation medium.  I also used a web 2.0 site called PBWiki for my students to have a shared workspace online.  The project took a step-by-step approach with small groups of 4-6 students in a class size of 50-60.  Students were to research an assigned piece of our music including background information about the historical, cultural, and composer biographical contexts.  Workdays included days of research, script writing, learning how to use the technology, and finalizing the projects.  The results varied, but most of the videos were very well done and were thorough and entertaining way to present the background information for each of our pieces.

About the Presenters

Molly Schroeder, Edina Public Schools
Molly Schroeder is an Elementary Technology Integration Specialist for Edina Public Schools <http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/> . Her background is in elementary education as she taught 4th and 5th grade for 9 years. She also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education. In June 2008 she became a Google Certified Teacher by attending the Google Teacher's Academy.  Recently, she has been working on a grant with the Science Museum of Minnesota to integrate SCRATCH into elementary classrooms.

Carl Anderson, Goodhue Public Schools
Carl Anderson is currently a technology integration specialist for Goodhue Public Schools, an online art and technology teacher for Connections Academy, and an adjunct instructor for Hamline University's Graduate School of Education. He was a classroom art teacher for nine years before his current positions. His research interests include technology mediated differentiated instruction, virtual worlds, alternative pedagogy, project-based learning, and charter schools. Carl is a frequent conference presenter and school technology consultant.

Diane Aldis, M.Ed, BA, Perpich Center for the Arts
Diane coordinates statewide professional development programs in dance, interdisciplinary work, and distance learning initiatives at the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Her work in arts education has been strongly shaped by her dual perspectives as a performing artist, and as an educator in K-16 settings. She teaches the core dance pedagogy course in the University of Minnesota Dance Program and has served as an External Examiner and Internal Moderator for the International Baccalaureate Dance Program since 2003. Upcoming work includes performances in the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival and further exploring Argentine tango.

Christopher Yaeger, Perpich Center for the Arts
Christopher specializes in community-based dances drawing from social dance traditions from across the world including the United States. For over twenty-five years, he has taught thousands of students in Minnesota, Norway, Russia, Hungary, China, Japan, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Widely respected as a “teacher of teachers,” he assists schools in developing dance curriculum and coaches the teachers as they present new dance experiences to their students.  Christopher combines performing and research in his artistic work as Director & Choreographer for Dance Hall Days, a company that presents American vernacular dance from Ragtime to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Heidi Stodola, Saint Francis High School
Heidi is beginning her 12th year of teaching and currently teaches 9-12 band at St Francis High School in St Francis MN.  She has also taught 5-12 band in Ogilvie, and 7-9 band in Worthington.  Heidi is an active member of the MN Music Educators Association and the MN Band Directors Association.  She will be presenting at the MBDA Summer Symposium on the topic of Comprehensive Musicianship and has presented at MMEA's Mid-Winter Clinic on the topic of Using Technology to Enhance Large Group Rehearsals.  Heidi lives in Ramsey MN.