Bev's adventures in ICT

Posts tagged ‘Bomomo’

What shall we do today?

You know, I’m pretty much the ‘out on a limb’ type: I often plan things that are a little bit unusual and have tenuous links to the topics being covered. I like a bit of leeway here and there. I like to take things in an unexpected direction. There are, however, skills to cover and these still need to be included in lessons as it’s an important part ICT. But doing it in a fun and engaging way is also key.

I like unusual activities. There’s the lovely menu project (as outlined on ‘Come Dine With Me) and a whole host of others. Ever thought about designing a theme park around a local area using PowerPoint (skills recapped: word art, text boxes, use of the spellchecker, inserting pictures, using Autoshapes and slide transition)? How about using Audacity and Movie Maker to create small information films and travel guides about our local area? What about linking ICT to Science work, using PowerPoint Autoshapes to design sportswear and logos. If your interested in making sessions challenging how about using my World Cup Challenge where pupils can go in any direction they chose as long as it fits the brief . there’s the Mathematical challenge and a number of others in the set.

Creative ICT can involve looking at different types of computer based art, graphics and photo editing packages. Pupils can try out a whole load of different types of software: some you might have installed at school (2Paint a Picture, Revelation Natural  Art, to name a couple of common ones) and some that are web based (Bomomo, Brushster, SumoPaint etc.). Some that are mainly for photo editing and manipulation (Fotoflexer, Tuxpi etc.), photo collage applications (Andrea Mosaic, Shape Collage etc. ) and some that aren’t really art packages at all  but have artistic merits (Wordle, PowerPoint, Textorizer etc.).

Pupils can use a Photo Album PowerPoint template or Ript to create digital art scrapbooks showcasing their efforts, writing little comments about their work. By the end of the session get them to decide on a favourite application and what they liked about it. So that everyone is focused on adding content to the scrapbook,  add their names to the fruit machine random name generator available via Classtools – and use it to choose pupils to come up front and showcase their work – that way you can carry out some self evaluation and peer evaluation (like  2 stars and a wish) during your plenary.

Art for art’s sake…

If, like me, you love doodling on a computer screen then you might be interested in some pretty cool and funky online art applications that are absolutely free! These online activities would be great for adding to or extending your selection of art based software in school. Each have their own set of different features and are worth a look.

First up is bomomo, which is a ‘freeform’ art application. There are no colour choices and you can’t really draw anything. every movement of the mouse creates dynamically moving art. There are different options for the style of brush and each one does something completely different.

There’s just something satisfying about creating a totally abstract doodle. How about using it to spark off a discussion about adjectives? Or using on the IWB as a golden time fun activity. However you use it, I’m sure you’ll find it very popular!

Totally different, but just as addictive, is BRUSHster. A more traditional art application with a large selection of brush types and a rainbow palette, BRUSHster includes some really gorgeous paint effects that I haven’t seen on other free applications. The brush size can easily be altered and some of the brush styles give beautiful effects and a huge selection of options.

I can see how this application would fit into any computer based project that is linked to the impressionists, as the various brush styles would really suit this style of art. Have a try and see what you think!

Finally, I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t done so already to have a peek at Sumo Paint. The layout is pretty similar to professional graphics applications (Adobe Illustrator comes to mind) and it has a large number of fantastic options. I can particularly see this application appealing to boys – and not just because of the name! It looks the business and the fill effects and shape tools make it perfect for designing logos or creating cartoon style art – although it’s so complete the possibilities are endless!

Have a play with them in your classroom! See what you, and your pupils, think. When so much great free stuff is about it would be a shame not to use it!