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The #eccphoto Collaborative Art Project connects multiple grade levels across the world through photography, artistic interpretation, and written expression. ECC students were mentored by their ES Reading Buddies on photo taking skills with iPads and then spent time reflecting on the quality and interest of their photos before choosing their favorite. Their favorite photos will be highlighted as the focal point of the #eccphoto Collaborative Art Project. Using that photo as inspiration, students from one grade level will create a visual representation of the photo while the other grade level will create a written interpretation. All will be displayed in the Secret Garden for the SIS community to view on Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20.
This Collaborative Art Project has many contributors from SIS and beyond. It includes SIS ECC students and their ES Reading Buddies. Additionally, four schools outside of the SIS community will be joining. Global contributors include 4th grade writers from The International School of Tianjin, Kindergarten artists from The Franconian International School in Germany, 2nd grade artists from The International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and 5th grade writers and artists from the International School of Myanmar.
The learning activities inspired by this project encompass the goals of Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum that guides the ECC. Students will be actively engaged in authentic learning experiences that incorporate the holistic and constructivist approaches that the ECC program values. The SIS ESLRs of Independent Learning, Complex Thinking, and of course, Collaboration will also be highlighted. Our project, as well as the SIS mission, focuses on caring community engagement and encouraging students to be innovative contributors.
Using the SIS Learning Innovation Markers as a guide with tech integration, teachers will be sharing the learning experiences of the project through social media with our SIS community and with outside contributing teachers and students. Student communication and writing skills will be fully engaged. Even ECC students will be writing (drawing) and vocalizing their reflections on the photos and responding to their peer's work. In different classes, technology will be the tool to make connections through student blogging, Skype dates, and video chats.
The layers of the project are plentiful, and the process is ongoing. ECC students have already taken their photos and passed them along to their reading buddies and their international partners. They will continue to revisit their photos and offer their reflections through writing and drawing. The students who received the ECC photos have already begun brainstorming and planning their writing and artistic responses. Each teacher will incorporate the work on photo responses into individual class units. Our culminating event will be the Collaborative Art Show, featured in the Secret Garden, Thursday, May 19th, and Friday, May 20th.
- Rachael MacMillan, PreK 2B Teacher