Activity: This activity had us create an electromagnetic using a wire, a battery and a nail. We then had to create a table showing how the more times we wrapped the copper wire around the nail the stronger magnet we created
Scientific Principles: The scientific principle that we examined was an electromagnet. To make an electromagnet you need a current, a battery (or power source) and wires. An electromagnet works because an electric current produces a magnetic field. Like a normal magnet there are two poles north and south which can be reversed by reversing the flow of electricity.
Point: The point of this activity is for students to know the difference between things that are magnetic, magnets and electromagnets. It is also showing students how to make electromagnets and gives them an idea of how they are used in everyday life.
Introduction: To introduce this to my students I would start with a KWL to get a base line of what my students already know from other experiences and past classes. I would then invite students to come up suggestions on how to make a nail magnetic.
Difficulties: A difficulty I see students having is wrapping the wire tight enough to work. I also see students leaving the circuit connected while removing paper clips instead of disconnecting it. I will have to keep an eye out for that if I do this activity in my future classroom.
Extensions: To extend this activity I would have the students find other objects in the classroom and have them experiment to see if you can make an electromagnet with them or not.
This week in class we designed a personal webpage to post all of our information for this class and other classes. The textbook we read describes the use of arts in education in three different ways: arts as texts, arts integration and arts education. Arts as text means having students look at art through the eyes of a historian, looking at the piece of art almost as they would a piece of writing or historical document. They are encouraged to not only examine the piece to find the mood and style but also to ask questions. When looking at art as text students can examine and deduct what the artist was trying to portray. I think our blogs can be examined through the same lens. People, even employers, can look at our webpage and can try to examine us through our pages and see who we are and what we are trying to say to the world.
The next way the textbook says we can use arts in education is through arts integration. This basically means using art as a tool to learn all subjects. The book also goes on saying that using arts integration is a great way to check understanding rather then just memorization. If you just ask a student to write the answer down on paper they would just write the same thing you said early, there’s no way of knowing if they actually understand the concept. However, if you ask a student to interpret the concept through art you can check for understanding. Arts as integration should be used thoughtfully with lesson plans rather than just thrown in because different styles of art and different projects are better for different concepts and age ranges. For our personal webpage I believe this relates to arts as integration because through our webpage we are learning and collecting ideas on how to integrate arts into our future classrooms. We will have a pool of ideas in which to chose from not only from our own blogs but also from our classmates. I also think we are learning to apricate art more from our daily art post which will help us use art as integration later in our professional carriers.
The last way the book categorizes use of arts in education is arts education. This simply put is just classes centered around the learning of different art forms. These art forms do not just include visual art, different forms such as music or theater should also be taught. On our webpages I think the two best places to see us using this category would be through the daily art post and our final project posts.
I think a really fun way to modify this for younger grades would be instead of doing a website to do a poster or photo collage. They could include picture they took throughout the year, similar to our daily art as well as including a big project they can explain. I think kids would really get a lot of doing a long-term art project combined with many small art projects so they can see how they have grown and improved throughout the year.