BFA Middle School has adopted a new tradition and is working to get students to think creatively, be outdoors, and use technology in the form of their 1:1 iPads. The 6th grade just wrapped up their 3rd annual Fall Photo Challenge and the art was absolutely stunning!
This optional challenge received entries from over half of the grade and five winners were selected to have their pictures enlarged, printed and hung in the middle school hallway. The 11×14 framed pictures will remain on exhibit this fall and then will be given to the talented young artists to take home and enjoy with their families.
Students submitted pictures taken on their iPads by uploading them to Schoology (no editing allowed) along with a few words about how the photos represented fall. All students could view the submissions, make comments and ask questions about the photographs. This proved quite popular and a lot of dialogue followed each submission.
Students were very creative, with some entries featuring completely natural scenes while others highlighted their talents by selecting and arranging items that represented fall in Vermont. Student feedback was very positive and they enjoyed the opportunity to engage in this extra-curricular activity with peers in a friendly challenge.
The panel of anonymous judges found it extremely difficult to only choose 5 photographs to frame and look forward to the next photo challenge in January that will feature a winter theme.
Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.