If you go down to the woods today...
I'm having as much fun as the kids at Ross High, Tranent, today as they learn how to animate with Oscar Stringer. Speaking with a couple of the art teachers here, and having just caught up with my Principal Teacher English pal Claire, I'm seeing loads of links between the two subjects which technology can help foster.
Creativity is at the root of the two subject areas, one visual in terms you can touch and feel, the other visual in terms you can imagine in your mind, both encroach on each other's take of visual, too. So I've brainstormed a few ideas that I think might work. If you have any you can add, please do so. This will all go into the pot of what English and Art (and any other subjects that come to mind) might be able to meld together for their own Excellent Curriculum:
Analysing computer game texts, such as the half-decent ones in Hotel Dusk; how could they be improved
Illustrating story or poetry through photography, artwork - publishing online.
Visual dictionary work using Flickr searches for adjectives, adverbs...
Individual learning (b)logs to improve student writing (look at PinkyParky) - writing little but often, two stars and a wish commenting from peers, parents, teachers.
Journalism - create a real newspaper with real news online - use a blog, take real pics of the action
Create quick online plans on a wiki such as PBWiki ; allow simple sharing of good plans
eTwinning - collaborative projects
Flickr camera clubs & competitions
Quicktime vids / virtual tours (video) of artwork
Film festivals to celebrate outcomes (link with potential Enterprise event)