Ideas and Resources

Ideas and Resources

A place to exchange ideas and search for resources.

3D Printing – Potential to Help the Visually Impaired

Posted by: on Oct 31, 2014 | No Comments

An article by The Verge points us to this video:

Intuitively, this seems to have an application within the art therapy space regardless of visual ability. I would love to hear from someone who works with photographs within art therapy, and/or photo therapy (i.e.: Judy Weiser), regarding their perspective on using 3D printing in art therapy.

What does infinity have to do with the SAMR model? It’s all about mindfulness in the classroom.

What does infinity have to do with the SAMR model? It’s all about mindfulness in the classroom.

Posted by: on Oct 5, 2014 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

When the Tech Team first landed on the SAMR model, it resonated with us. We had already launched 1:1 iPad and laptop initiatives, but searched for common language to discuss our ed tech vision. SAMR seemed like a perfect fit!

Except for one thing. We don’t view the integration and use of technology in the classroom as hierarchical. We view iPads, laptops, apps, 3D printers, etc., as tools. Just as you wouldn’t choose a jigsaw to hang a painting, you wouldn’t choose Microsoft Word as a programming app. There is a time and place for each tool and the key is to know how to choose the best tool and why it’s the best tool for the task at hand.

Since it’s creation by Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura, the SAMR model has been discussed alongside various images, like flow charts, ladders and scales. Another popular SAMR metaphor is attributed to a 2013 blog post by Tim Holt as well Jonathan Brubaker‘s subsequent post, comparing each SAMR category to various types of coffee.

As you move through our presentation you will notice a new image created by the Hamlin Tech Team, where the infinity symbol is used to describe the flow as teachers mindfully select technology and its uses within the classroom. This is also meant to symbolize our decision not to weigh one SAMR category over another, but rather to raise teacher awareness and the capacity to make informed technological choices in the classroom. For example, Word (substitution phase) can make perfect sense for some projects and be the right tool for the task, whereas a blog (modification or redefinition) may be the right choice for other tasks.

Guiding teachers to discover new technology, be mindful of the pedagogical reasons for selecting one tool over another, as well as creating a safe space for openness, risk taking, and creative thinking, are more important to our team than striving for redefinition above all other categories.

We hope you enjoy our take on the SAMR model, originally presented to Hamlin faculty on May 12, 2014.

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

Back in Action!

Back in Action!

Posted by: on Oct 4, 2014 | No Comments

It’s hard to even know where to begin when it’s been so long. A quick summary of events to catch you all up:

  • I left my job as an art therapist at Redwood Place and transitioned my career to web design (Liz Beck Designs) about four years ago
  • A little over three years ago, I gave birth to twin boys
  • Working for myself was great in that I could work from home and spend time with my boys during their first year of life (with help from a mother’s helper). But, hustling for clients and establishing a business is really hard to do when you’re a new mom. I began a job hunt and landed a webmaster job at The Hamlin School in San Francisco
  • Two redesigns later (of their website and then their Learning Management System), my daily work moved from a more communications and fundraising focus to educational technology

The past four years been extremely dynamic, and for the past two I’ve been neglecting to write. I still have lots to say, much of which has been brewing for quite some time.

I’m now writing again, but this time as a part of The Hamlin School’s Technology Department (yes…I am again subject to awful school photos of myself. reminiscent of my self-conscious teen years), and I am automatically migrating my posts from our Ed Tech Blog over to lizbeck.net. I will also sprinkle in a few posts related to art therapy and other things of interest here as well.

Thanks for keeping in touch even though I’ve been silent for so long. I’m glad to be back in action!

What is the deal with Tetris?
This Fabulous Montreal Based Program Needs Your Support – Vote!

This Fabulous Montreal Based Program Needs Your Support – Vote!

Posted by: on Oct 4, 2012 | No Comments

The Alzheimer Society of Montreal needs your help! Their activity centers are threatening to close as a result of difficult financial times. This respite program, which includes art therapy, is reaching out and asking people to vote for their activity center project that will give them funding to keep them open. More importantly, the people with Alzheimer’s and their families desperately need your help and this is the place where miracles happen.

A vote a day can save them from closing their doors, I ask that you check out the link below, register (really easy…15 seconds) and vote daily or as often as you can. Unfortunately it is much like a “popularity contest” but well worth it if they win. You can share the link on Facebook too as I have done, creating even greater awareness and support…remember a vote a day until the end of November, please try to do it as often as you can this is an opportunity where the simple click of a button can make a huge difference!

Vote Now!

(this text is an excerpt from an email by Dayna M)

An Asperger’s Story Tonight

Posted by: on Sep 27, 2012 | No Comments

NBC is airing a profile of David Finch, on Rock Center with Brian Williams tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern / 9 p.m. Central. The ten-minute segment will relate his success story with Asperger’s Syndrome, marriage, and fatherhood.

Watch the trailer

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Infographic: The Cost of Education

Infographic: The Cost of Education

Posted by: on Sep 11, 2012 | No Comments

This is an advertisement for an online college…but I thought it was interesting. Again, the least likely people to find a job are those who studied Clinical Psychology.

I’d like to discuss a few points brought up in this info graphic. Firstly, I suspect that there are more bartenders and waitresses than engineers, physicists, chemists and mathematicians because we’re not graduating enough people in those fields – not because there’s a lack of jobs for technically skilled people.

And then the last line – “It’s a tough world out there.You might as well stay at home” – Yeah…it’s a tough world alright. So, choose your career path wisely, gain marketable skills either through school (and not necessarily an online school…) or work and stay out of debt. You’ll be way ahead of most and I even bet you’d be able move out of your parents home.

For the Love of the Maslins

Posted by: on Sep 1, 2012 | No Comments

I want to apologize for not writing in over a month. I’ve been overseeing a massive website redesign project at work. Between that and the twins, I’ve hardly drifted to the surface of life outside my insular bubble.

But, life has a funny way of reminding you to stay in the moment and be grateful for all that you have.

An old gradschool classmate, Abby Sullivan Maslin, a Dance Movement Therapist who is now working as a teacher in Washington D.C. experienced the unthinkable. About 2 weeks ago her husband was brutally attacked while walking home after a boys night out in his D.C neighborhood in Capital Hill. He wasn’t found for 8 hours and sustained major brain and bodily injouries that were exasterbated by the time that passed between the beating and the arrival of an emergency response team. Abby is struggling to cope, as she also tries to care for her young son Jack, who is just shy of 2 years old.

With no witnesses, Abby reached out to the media in a attempt to find somehow who may have knowledge of what happened that night.

As she processes all that has happened, Abby has been posting updates on her Facebook page, but recently just started a blog, which I want to share with you: For the Love of the Maslins. Your support and prayers are needed. Friends started a fundraising website so that money will hopefully not be a concern as this family struggles to survive.

Your help is much appreciated.

The Fake Child Artists of Gaza?

The Fake Child Artists of Gaza?

Posted by: on Jul 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

A blogger who calls himself Elder of Ziyon alleges that a traveling exhibition of children’s artwork depicting “A Child’s View of Gaza” made during art therapy sessions, are in fact not drawn by children at all. He lays out his case:

  1. The quality of the artwork does not correspond to the age of the child who drew the picture.
    • But no age was listed in the displayed photos.
  2. Experts all agree that the artwork looks as though it was created by adults.
    • But the names of those experts are not included in the post.
  3. These drawings were created during art therapy sessions.
    • But no art therapist(s) are named as the facilitator.
  4. The artwork is not signed, which is a strange thing for a child to do.
    • Maybe. But, there maybe a cultural reason for this, or another reason – ie: the art therapist asked that they not sign their artwork for confidentiality purposes. After all, this exhibit is a traveling one.

Does anyone have any information on the art therapist(s) involved in this exhibit? I wrote an email to CJPME, the organization hosting this event, asking for more information.

To Elder of Ziyon: Your claims maybe true. But, you need to post your sources when making such claims to add credibility to what you’re saying. Who are the experts you consulted? Why not consult an art therapist? How did you find out the age of the child who created the artwork?

Make: Vehicle of Change

Make: Vehicle of Change

Posted by: on Jul 12, 2012 | No Comments

Check out another art as therapy related project that needs a helping hand. Ayesha, an artist, and her husband Zach have entered into a contest to win $30K to jump start their project – a mobile art making van.

To learn more about their dream to bring art to all, check out the video and if you like what they’re up to, then vote!