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Tricia Fuglestad on Rotational Symmetry

Tricia Fuglestad on Rotational Symmetry

Technology in Art? This sounds like an opportunity to see the world through a fresh new lens!

Tricia Fuglestad not only wrote a grant to get 1:1 iPads for her class but she also was able to create some pretty innovative lessons with her new tools. One of these lessons was “Collaborative Lego Rotational Symmetry”.

If symmetry is something you are looking to teach, Tricia’s integration of technology to enhance the engagement of this standard is a solution. She was able to get students to collaborate on the project by taking turns creating a Lego pattern on a blank Lego surface. In order to get the symmetry aspect into the project students were required to mirror the opposing side whenever possible with the same color Lego on the opposing side.

An example of Collaborative Lego Symmetry.

An example of Collaborative Lego Symmetry.

Once the students completed a quarter section of the Lego surface Tricia used the iPad app, “Superimpose” to mask the students creation into a circle. The students then used the app “DoInk” to rotate the image giving it a visual extension of rotational symmetry. The app DoInk has other features allowing students to even use a green screen and import themselves into their project.

A Lego Symmetry Wall some of Tricia's students put together after this lesson.

A Lego Symmetry Wall some of Tricia's students put together after this lesson.

I had a great time talking with Tricia and enjoyed learning about how technology is being used in art to increase student engagement. Be sure to take a look at Tricia’s Blog to get all the in-depth details of how she was able to creatively design this blended learning lesson.

To find out more about this lesson and some more of Trica's great ideas visit:

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