Here are a few more descriptions of this year’s Seed Grant winning projects. Enjoy!
Developing Digital Graphic Skills for a Visual Culture at Henry G. Izatt Middle School
by Barry Dyck
Our cultural beliefs and value systems are embedded in the images that we create, whether it be in paintings or digital images. In a digital world where the creating and viewing of images is easier than ever, we have ordered two Wacom graphic tablets to expand student possibilities for creation.
The tablets will be used in our Art, Applied Arts, Digital Design and Graphic Communications courses for students to create digital art, animation, comics and to edit images.
Cricut Crafting Project at North Memorial School
by Kim Houle
The Portage la Prairie School Division’s strategic plan & North Memorial’s school plan have a strong focus on bringing community into our schools. Connecting families to the school. Giving parents a voice within their child’s education & learning. Additional, North Memorial School has put emphasis in the School Priorities to incorporate Indigenous Education into daily routines & lessons. With this in mind, our vision for the Cricut Crafting – Connecting Community project is to build community & rapport with families by providing a unique, creative, and relevant project that relates to their Indigenous culture. We will make family quilts that have symbols of their culture on them. Families will be able to come to the school and make the quilts as a family and as a community, and share stories about their culture with others while they craft together. We will use a Cricut machine to cut out the symbols and pattern pieces for the quilts. Using this technology with students and their families provides new skills, connects at-school learning to home, and it connects students, staff, and families.
The long term benefits of this project include building community, passing along heritage to younger generations and educating school staff of history & traditions to incorporate into daily classroom routines & lessons, and providing a practical project for families – providing a warm home-made and family-made blanket to use at home to celebrate their culture.
This project will impact our school community & culture. With our school population being 90% Indigenous status, it is crucial to highlight this culture and community building within our school. We have many families that live in poverty and who don’t get the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities or trendy craft nights. We know that providing unique opportunities for children and families living in poverty increased their attendance at school, increased their level of success, and builds a sense of pride and belonging. (“Teaching with Poverty in Mind” – Eric Jensen).