Art teacher Tricia Fuglestad spent her last day of the school year much like the first: incorporating digital media with her hands-on art instruction.
Using her SMART Board interactive whiteboard system, she devised a game that encouraged students to illustrate sentences by using a digital roll of the dice to determine each word.
Students took turns putting their creations under the Logitech Web camera so they would be displayed on the SMART Board, allowing them to write and draw their classmates' responses deciphering the sentences.
Fuglestad is well known in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 for her use of Web 2.0 sites and hand-held devices in making art-related videos to teach her concepts.
"Her classroom is an exciting place," said Principal Robert Jares. "Tricia is continually working on creating videos about art concepts (Fugleflicks) with students to make learning more engaging and fun."
Twice her students' short videos have been entered in the film festival at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts. In 2007, her fifth-graders' film, "Young Sloppy Brush," won best of show.
Now, her cutting-edge teaching methods are drawing national attention.
The Dryden Elementary School teacher was one of 10 teachers nationally to win the PBS Teachers' Innovation Award. As a result, she and the other teachers were flown to Austin, Texas, last month for the PBS national convention.
"She represents a new wave of innovative teachers from the area who are using unconventional teaching methods to connect with
their students," said Jazzy Wright, communications director for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards office in Arlington, Va.
Of the 10 teachers flown to the convention, two were nationally board certified, including Fuglestad. …