Thomas Harrison Middle School
Art, Grade 5
Overview: Students will work in groups to create an informational poster reflecting the style of a particular culture or movement using QR codes.
Objectives: Art 5.13, 5.20
Time Required: 10 40-minute periods
Technology Used: Laptops, Internet, Microsoft Word, QR Codes, iPads
- Students select an artist/cultural artwork at random (slips of paper in a bucket).
- Each student is to fill out a worksheet to provide information about the artist/artwork.
- Each student saves their favorite image and piece of information in a Word document on the group shared drive (teacher can access to print).
- Students create a QR Code (qrstuff.com) and place it in the Word file.
- Teacher prints off each student’s document once it has the image and code successfully placed.
- Students are then combined into groups determined by the culture/movement their artist/artwork belongs to.
- Students discuss stylistic similarities or themes images have in common and design a poster that reflects the culture/movement they are representing.
- Using their images and QR codes, students collaborate to create poster that accurately represents the themes.
- Once posters are complete and displayed in the hall, students have an opportunity to use iPad to decipher the information on the codes and learn about other types of art.
Assessment: Observe participation in research and poster process. After iPad activity, each student shares either which style was their favorite, or a piece of information they discovered that was interesting.
Describe how the use of technology affected student learning: Students used the internet to research their art styles and chose a piece of information to share by making a QR code for it. Students worked in groups to create posters about there art style. When all classes were finished posters were hung on display in the hall and students had the opportunity to learn about styles by using the iPads to read the information in the QR Codes. By using these technologies, students had access to a broader range of information than they would have found in just books, they saw how using QR codes can free up design space in an informational poster, and were more excited to be able to discover facts about art because they had to use an iPad to decode them.
At the culmination of all the hard work the students have put into their posters, the iPads provide a reward that is fun and educational.