Posts Tagged ‘Maine Learning Technology Initiative’

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Screen Savers Images Announced

April 12, 2017

Congratulations!

Fallen Leaves by Zoe Fox; Grade 12, Freeport High School

Twenty Maine student artists will have an audience of more than 70,000 students and educators for their artwork starting this fall.

More than 200 students submitted images to be considered for the Maine Department of Education (DOE), Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Screensaver Challenge.

An annual tradition of the Maine DOE, students in grades PK-12 can submit artwork at the beginning of the year to be selected for display. The images are scored and selected by an independent panel of three judges.

House Barn by Julian, Lindholm Fiske; Grade 12, George Stevens Academy

The winning student artists will have their art work showcased on MLTI devices for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, the student artists will have their registration fees waived for the 2017 MLTI Student Conference, and their winning pieces will be printed and displayed at the Department of Education’s Augusta offices from June 1 – August 31, 2017.

Congratulations and thank you to the many teachers who provided this opportunity for their students.

The selected students are listed below. You can view all of the selected artwork on the Maine Department of Education site by CLICKING HERE.

Griffin Vulture, Anna Labbe, Grade 10, Freeport High School
Abstract Ocean Life, Elizabeth Young, Grade 9, Freeport High School
Duck at Dawn, Bennett Hight, Grade 12, Freeport High School
Fallen Leaves, Zoe Fox, Grade 12, Freeport High School
Lights of the City, Griffin Agnese, Grade 11, Freeport High School
House Barn, Julian Lindholm Fiske, Grade 12, George Stevens Academy
Beneath the Surface, Corinne Ahearn, Grade 9, Greely High School
Eel Life, Maddie Hall, Grade 8, Greely Middle School
Knot a View, Alexis Merchant, Grade 10, Jonesport-Beals High School
Seeing Through, Emily Segal, Grade 7, Lincoln Middle School
Dandelion, Ana Rogers, Grade 9, Mount Desert Island HS
Scraffito, Erin Corcoran, Grade 8, Oceanside Middle School
Dream, Zabina Zimmerman, Grade 1, Pond Cove Elementary School
Bikes, Megan Gordon, Grade 11, Camden Hills Regional High School
Children’s Space, Corilie Green, Grade 10, Freeport High School
Wolf, Grace Neal, Grade 11, George Stevens Academy
Hummingbird, Toni MacDonald, Grade 12, Houlton Middle/High School
Moose, Blair Tweed, Grade 11, Wells High School
Lost and Forgotten, Samuel Livingston, Grade 12, Wells High School
Umbrella, Lauren Dow, Grade 10, Wells High School

Knot a View by Alexis Merchant; Grade 10, Jonesport-Beals High School

For more information about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative Screen Saver challenge visit: http://maine.gov/doe/mlti/student/artchallenge/index.html

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MLTI Screensavers

March 26, 2016

Selected artwork

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more thank 70,000 students and educators for their artwork. The results are in! The following 20 images will be found on 2016-2017 MLTI devices and from June 1, 2016 thru August 31, 2016, they will be on display in frames around the Department of Education!! Congratulations to the following students!!

Moshier Island w/Fog, Maximo Steverlynck-Horne, Freeport Middle School, Grade 8

Moshier Island w/Fog, Maximo Steverlynck-Horne, Freeport Middle School, Grade 8

“I Spy”, Haydn LaDeau, Deer Isle Stonington High School, Grade 12
“Moshier Island w/Fog”, Maximo Steverlynck-Horne, Freeport Middle School, Grade 8
“Pensive”, Ruth Metcalf, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Grade 7
“HorsePower”, Ryan Bent, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 11
“Playin the Blues”, Cory Richards, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 10
“Polygons”, Dana Clarito, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 12
“The Singularity”, Dante DesVeaux, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 10
“Connections”, Sophia DeSchiffart, Narraguagus High School, Grade 10
“Spider Lake Perspective”, Cassidy Osgood, Narraguagus High School, Grade 12
“We Have Takeoff”, Bobbi Grant, Southern Aroostook Community School, Grade 9
“Cherries”, Nicholas David, Freeport High School, Grade 11
“Elephant”, Lauren Briggs, Freeport High School, Grade 12
“Fall”, Ella Russell, Freeport High School, Grade 12
“Piano Tree”, Perrin Davidson, Freeport High School, Grade 11
“Dance”, Victoria Holmes, Houlton High School, Grade 11
“Harley”, Abby Fore, Houlton High School, Grade 12
“Ocean Breeze”, Taylor Fitzpatrick, Houlton Middle School, Grade 6
“Ereri”, Ciara Huggins, Lake Region Middle School, Grade 7
“Owl Maraca”, Jillian Whitney, Lake Region Middle School, Grade 7
“Stormy Seas”, Michael Smith, United Technology Center, Grade 12

Over the last six years, the MLTI device has featured screen savers featuring outstanding student works of art (twenty each year). To date, there have been well over two thousand pieces of artwork submitted. With the variety of devices available at MLTI, images are now made available as a download for either a screensaver or background image on every MLTI device.

More information is available by CLICKING HERE.

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MLTI Student Conference

April 28, 2013

Thursday, May 16 – UMaine campus

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Registration remains open for the 10th Annual MLTI Student Conference. http://www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/signup.shtml

Growing student aspirations and preparation for post-secondary education playing a bigger and bigger role in every Maine middle and high school’s work. Because of this we wanted to be sure everyone is aware of some powerful opportunities for participating students at this year’s MLTI Student Conference.

While the presence of the Conference on the UMaine Orono campus has always been a big deal, this year is going to be bigger than ever.

UMaine is preparing to welcome the MLTI to Orono in a whole new way – it will be fun and engaging, and will help your students begin to see themselves as college students in their years after high school graduation. You’ll want your students to take advantage of the opportunities on this great day.

This year’s participants will have a chance to meet and talk to representatives from across the UMaine colleges as well as student athletes and members of the UMaine Ambassadors – current students who know how to relate to young people who are starting to think about their education beyond K-12. Admissions reps will also be on hand if students want more details about the application process.

Your students will also be able to learn more about Academ-e, “The first early college distance education program in Maine, the University of Maine Academ-e offers courses for university credit to Maine high school juniors and seniors through internet-based “online” technologies.”

So don’t wait – even with 700 seats filled, there is still room for you and your students to participate in the 10th Annual MLTI Student Conference at UMaine.

This exciting technology focused day just got more exciting – with increased opportunities to introduce your students to the power of post-secondary education.

We look forward to seeing you in Orono on May 16th.

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

Reflecting

I have taken some time today to reflect on 2012 and realize how fortunate I am to work with incredible arts educators in Maine and throughout the United States. Educators who are dedicated, passionate, and fully committed to providing an outstanding arts education for every student!

The year has been filled with many successes, some challenges, and sad losses! I wish I had time to go back through all the blog posts that I wrote in 2012 to help me remember all of the successes, challenges, and losses but instead I will provide the highlights.

Successes

The biggest success is the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). The second phase of MAAI officially kicked off in the spring with the identification of 20 teacher leaders. These arts educators joined the 18 teacher leaders from phase one. They participated in a 4-day institute in August at the Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland where they expanded their knowledge in the areas of assessment, leadership, technology, and creativity. They have created workshops that are being delivered throughout this school year at the regional and mega-regional level. (Registration for the mega-regional workshops is now open – FREE and contact hours are available.) The topics of the sessions are as varied as the individual teacher leaders. I am so grateful for their commitment to the work that is making a difference for arts teachers and in arts classrooms across Maine each day. The impact on students learning is amazing!

And, uniquely the Mega-regional workshops are being co-sponsored with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). At these workshops their will be at least one session that is integrated with an MLTI integrator to provide a first time opportunity for educators!

The MAAI would not be possible without the commitment of the leadership team who have consistently shepherded the work. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Catherine Ring, Rob Westerberg, Jeff Beaudry, Bronwyn Sale, Pam Kinsey, and Matt Doiron. Their willingness to lead has made a difference! Close to 1000 arts educators have taken advantage of the professional development opportunities during the last year and a half.

The MAAI is aligned with the Maine Department of Education’s Strategic Plan: Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First.

In July Catherine and I flew to Denver for a national conference on arts assessment held at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. I was proud to let others know of the grassroots efforts that Maine arts educators are involved with.

Art educator Chris Milliken, on sabbatical from Wells schools, has been following and doing research on the MAAI during this past year. He will join art teacher Lisa Marin and present a session on their findings at the Mega-regional workshop at Ellsworth High School on March 29, 2013.

Literacy is a statewide focus with the Literacy for ME being launched this fall and arts education has stepped up to become an integral part of the cross content literacy connections. Arts educators Jen Nash, Suzanne Goulet, and Lisa Gilman have been facilitating literacy webinars. Suzanne is also co-facilitating face to face sessions.

We have had 4 wonderful art exhibits at the Maine Department of Education during this past year from Maranacook Community Schools, Bangor Elementary and Middle Schools, Lake Region High School, and Messalonskee High School. Along with the exhibits we had receptions at the Blaine House with music and dance performances from each school/district. Participating and collaborating are First Lady Ann LePage, the Maine State Board of Education, and the Commissioner of Education, Steve Bowen.

First Lady Ann LePage partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation to create a new baby journal to present to parents at hospitals across Maine when their babies are born. We did a call for K-8 artwork and 867 young artists submitted work. Thirty two pieces were selected to be published in the book which will be completed in June 2014.

The Maine arts education list-serv has grown to 1200 and the meartsed blog is growing as a source of information, not only for arts educators but for all educators. If you are not on the list-serv but would like to be, please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov. On December 5, 2013 the blog set a record high day of 976 visitors. And a record high week happened during that same time of 2508 visitors. Thank you for taking the time to visit and informing others about what is available on the Maine arts education blog.

Challenges

  • Common Core standards for ELA and Math were released this year and teachers are being asked to incorporate them into their curricula.
  • We are waiting patiently for the next iteration of the national arts standards to be released in March March 2013.
  • Arts education in Maine is underserved. As the economy continues to be a challenge so is providing adequate arts education programs and teachers.
  • Determining how to provide quality arts education to be ready for the “proficiency based graduation requirement” slated for the graduating class of 2018.
  • What will determine “teacher effectiveness” for arts educators (the non-tested content)?

Sadness

In March music teacher Beth Polletto died in a car accident driving to school. Beth taught at Gray New Gloucester and Georgetown Central School. In May art teacher Jackie McTigue died in a car accident on her way to school. Jackie taught at Glenburn Elementary School. Both teachers were amazing arts educators and have left a huge hole. My friend and colleague 2nd grade teacher and Maine’s 2010 Teacher of the Year Kevin Grover died on Thanksgiving day after returning from a run. He is greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues.

Looking forward

photoBeing forever optimistic, I know that 2013 will be filled with many more successes and that the challenges will be small mountains for us to climb. I invite you to collaborate with your colleagues to face the challenges and enjoy the successes. I hope you will continue to use the meartsed blog for resources and to access information. Many of you have heard me say “none of us is as smart as all of us”. Please continue to share information that I can pass on to others through the blog. I appreciate it!

I am confident that 2013 will be filled with opportunities for arts education to move forward. For example part of phase 2 of the MAAI is videotaping arts classrooms to respond to your request “what does a standards based arts education classroom look like?” So, Debi Lynne Baker (newly retired art teacher) will be visiting arts classrooms in the next few months and creating 4 short videos with examples. This is just one example of resources being developed for arts teachers.

I enjoy the challenges that my work at the Maine Department of Education provides for me. I especially love the opportunity to interact with you, the readers of the meartsed blog. So please take a moment when possible and drop me an email at argy.nestor@maine.gov or make a comment at the bottom of a blog post. You can subscribe to the blog by clicking on “Sign me up!” located on the right side of the front page of the blog.

I hope your year is filled with love and laughter and that you continue to provide outstanding opportunities for your students in arts education! Best Wishes for a wonderful 2013 and THANKS so much for all the good that you do in education!

Only one photo and one quote included in today’s post. Hopefully the photo will put a smile on your face and the quote will provide you with some “food for thought” as we dive into 2013!

The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society. – Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

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MAAI and MLTI Partner

December 25, 2012

Mega-regional workshops offered

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is partnering with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) to offer all-day Mega-Regional workshops. Over 36 sessions will be offered at the four locations; Farmington, Portland, Ellsworth, and Presque Isle. These are FREE all day arts education workshops for elementary, middle, high school, and higher ed educators.

The workshops are provided FREE and contact hours are available. Workshop facilitators are the MAAI teacher leaders (phase 1 and 2) and MLTI technology integrators. At least one workshop included at each location will have an integrated co-facilitated session that connects at least one arts discipline and technology. In addition MLTI staff will be offering sessions. All participants must pre-register. Join us for this unique opportunity! Each participant can select two 1-hour morning workshops and one 2-hour afternoon MLTI session. You will need to bring a computer that has the MLTI image.

These workshops are in response to the feedback from arts educators requesting more professional development opportunities. Also happening all over the state are Regional workshops being presented by the arts education teacher leaders from the second phase of MAAI.

The Mega-Regional Workshops

  • Monday, January 14, 8:00 to 3:30, University of Maine at Farmington
  • Friday, March 1, 8:00 to 3:30, University of Southern Maine, Portland
  • Friday, March 22, 8:00 to 3:30, Presque Isle High School, Presque Isle
  • Friday, March 29, 8:00 to 3:30, Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth

Workshop descriptions are located here. Please click here to learn more and to REGISTER for one or more of the workshop sessions.

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Media Release

May 24, 2012

1,000 students with laptops make music, learn

ORONO – What do you get when you put 1,000 students with laptops in the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono? Music, literally.

At this year’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine on Thursday, students learned about innovative ways they can use their state-issued laptops.

During the afternoon “uber session,” students turned their laptop keyboards into musical keyboards and performed a world premiere musical composition, along with 12 live musicians on stage, and two members of the New World Symphony playing live from Miami. Some of the students had used software available on their MLTI devices to pre-program their machines to create their own recording of a full octave of notes – using anything from the sounds of birds to objects around the house or digital sounds of their own making. All – including those with no musical experience at all – contributed to the performance.

“We’ve done some pretty cool stuff at the uber session in years past,” said Jeff Mao, director of learning technology for the Maine Department of Education, which organized the event with Apple, the University and other partners. “The student energy and engagement this time topped them all.”

The New England School of Communications greatly enhanced the event by providing wall-to-wall video and audio coverage, some of it projected live on a large screen, all of it to be available for posting online and in future promotion.

The annual conference, now in its ninth year, is a way to generate energy and excitement about using technology to enhance learning. It’s also a way to give middle school (and some high school) students a glimpse into college life: students navigate themselves to breakout sessions around campus and eat in one of the school’s dining halls.

Helping students use technology to develop their own learning plans and to enhance their learning experiences is a cornerstone of the Maine DOE’s strategic plan, unveiled by Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen in February.

“We need to put students more in charge of their own learning,” Bowen said. “Technology is one way to do that.”

Students started the day with three student keynote speakers who addressed the entire gathering. Tim Walsh, a freshman at Kennebunk High School, shared how he leveraged his access to his MLTI MacBook to become a design professional along with a team at Middle School of the Kennebunks. Emily & Katie Morse, juniors at Machias High School, talked about their experience studying Japanese through an online course via their MLTI MacBooks to meet their world language graduation requirement.

Students then spread out across campus for more than 20 breakout sessions on everything from video game design with Scratch (software) to tips on using GarageBand music-making software to developing smartphone apps and searching for planets.

And it was all live-tweeted by students from Auburn Middle school using the Twitter hashtag #mlti2012.

All Maine Department of Education news releases can be found online at:
http://mainedoenews.net/category/news-views/press-releases/.

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In the News

March 22, 2012

Musician Michael Burd teaching ukulele to adult ed students

The Sun Journal published article written by Ann Bryant on March 7th about Michael Burd teaching ukulele to adult ed classes at Mt. Blue Middle School in Farmington. Not only can you find the article by clicking here but also at the link is a video clip of Michael and the students in action.

The article starts like this:

Four strings, three chords and the agile fingers of 10 students in Ukulele 101 resounded in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” at Mt. Blue Middle School.

After showing students where to place their fingers for each chord, instructor Michael Burd asked the students if they knew the meaning of muscle memory. It’s doing it until it comes naturally, he said. He urged the students to “practice, practice, practice” the simple song before the next class.

Michael is a professional musician who plays bass with David Mallett, Noel Paul Stukey and others. He bought himself a ukulele last year at a yard sale for $2 and started playing. He is an instructor with the adult ed program in the Mt. Blue Regional District where he is teaching others to play the ukulele.

Burd attended the Maine Learning Technology Initiative workshop with Steve Garton in January. You might remember his picture from the blog post.

Anyone else teaching arts in an adult ed program? Please let me know!

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