NAEA12 NYC presentation w/ Trica Fuglestad.  Our preso: There's an App for That: iPads in Art Education
My head is still spinning from how amazing the NAEA conference in New York was, and I was only there on Saturday! Though my time was limited, I walked away with lasting memories and very meaningful experiences that are resonating with me and have me dreaming up new possibilities for my students and my art program.

Some of the highlights were that we got to listen to famous artist and photographer, Chuck Close,  talk about his life as an artist. We met 10 year old child prodigy and famous artist, Autumn de Forest too.  She is an incredibly talented young girl with a beautiful spirit and energy to match.

We spoke with Jim Meyers (CEO of Artsonia) for quite awhile about our experience with Artsonia, their new app, and the amazing opportunity they provided for us to have our students featured on the Big Screen.  

 I met so many art teachers from my Twitter PLN (Professional Learning Network) for the first time and was able to put faces to the names of those who have been inspiring me for over a year now.  We all met for dinner, including the Artsonia reps, and approximately 20 others from Twitter.   

The biggest highlight for me was presenting for the first time at NAEA with renowned art teacher, Tricia Fuglestad. Our presentation room was packed. It was really something else to see so many art teachers interested in learning how we infuse ipads in our art programs with our students.   I hope that they will be able to use much of what we shared with their students. 

If you haven't checked out our iPads in Art website, you can link to it here 

or by clicking the iPads in Art tab at the top of this page.  
This Saturday, I will be heading into NYC for the National Art Education Association Conference.  I am looking forward to meeting so many great art educators who I have connected with on Twitter.  It sure will be nice to finally be able to put faces to the names that have been the source of incredible inspiration for my students and me. 

Tricia Fuglestad, Theresa Gillespie and I have been planning our presentation, “There’s an App for That: iPads in Art Ed” for about a year now.  Theresa and Tricia live in Illinois, so we prepared using online tools such as Wikis, Google Docs, Skype, DropBox, and more.  Unfortunately, Theresa Gillespie notified Tricia and me that she would not be able to attend the conference, but as Tricia put it, she will be with us in spirit. 

Tricia and I created our presentation using Keynote on our Macs.  We each assembled slides that will inform our attendees why we use iPads, how we manage them, how we manage digital artwork, how we use iPads with students (apps), and what our future goals are. 

We reached out to the developers of the apps we have been using to let them know we would be sharing their apps in our presentation.  Many of them offered to provide us with free app codes.  We are taping the codes to the back of our business cards and giving them away as door prizes!  Some of the apps that we will be giving away, include, Sonic Pics, Faces iMake, Photo Tropedelic, Halftone, Doink, FaceJack, Dramatic Black and White, Grungetastic, NIR Color, PhotoArtista Oil HD, PhotoArtista Haiku HD, PhotoArtista Sketch, Rainy Daze, Romantic Photo, Simply HDR, Snow Daze, Vintage Scene, Artisan Paint and more.

I can’t believe that our presentation day is almost here! I started following Tricia’s work approximately 7 or 8 years ago, so this opportunity to present with her is truly mind blowing!

Check out our presentation website 

I added it as a tab at the top of this B.A. Art Website too. 
Wish us luck! 

This past year, Tricia Fuglestad (rock star art teacher (Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois) and I have been infusing iPads into our art programs with our students.  We will be presenting our work at the National Art Education Association Conference in NYC on March 3rd.  

We were invited to write a guest post for the award Winning blog, The Teaching Palette, by Theresa McGee and Hillary Andrlik (thank you Theresa and Hillary).  

Read our article here 

Visit our iPads in Art Website here: 
For months, I have been working on building a website for a presentation titled, "There's an App for That", that I will be giving with art teacher, Tricia Fuglestad at the National Art Education Association Conference on March 3rd. Instead of distributing handouts, we will be inviting those who attend our presentation to link to our content on the new website. Last night I finally put the finishing touches on the site and it is ready to be shared with the world!  

View the iPads in Art site here You will notice that Tricia and I shared our thoughts about iPads in the art room on the home page.  Explore the tabs at the top of the page to view our student's iPad art, our iPad videos on our Vimeo channels, resources that we and others have created, and iPad paintings by famous artists too.  

Tricia and I are looking forward to sharing our work along with providing many great tips at the NAEA Conference.  Now that this website is finished, I need to finish my Keynote slides.  It finally feels like everything is starting to come together!  Very exciting!
I created my first business card and it arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. 

Why do I need a business card?  I am currently preparing a presentation on iPads in the art room for the National Art Education Association Conference in March. The amazing Dryden Elementary art teacher I am presenting with, Tricia Fuglestad from Arlington Heights Illinios, informed me that many presenters distribute business cards to people who attend their workshops and presentations.  Fewer presenters are printing paper handouts these days because they are linking their content to their websites, wikis, and more.  Both Tricia and I will be linking the content to our presentation on our websites.  

Stay tuned :)