Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Et voilà l'art ! Google doodle à l'école



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Google doodle Niki de Saint Phalle

Hier, Google célébrait la science, ayant créé un doodle très beau au Dr. Jonas Salk, le scientiste pionnier du vaccin contre la poliomyélite. 
D'ailleurs, comme mes lecteurs habituels le savent, j'ai écrit à propos de Dr. Salk et son Doodle.
Aujourd'hui, c'est l'artGoogle nous surprend à nouveau, cette fois-ci présentant un coloré Doodle qui honore une des plus fameuses artistes du XXe siècle.


Niki de Saint-Phalle
Im Garten der Fantasie, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg

"Peindre calmait le chaos qui agitait mon âme. C'était une façon de domestiquer ces dragons qui ont toujours surgi dans mon travail"
Niki de Saint-Phalle

Google célèbre aujourd'hui, le 29 octobre le 84e anniversaire de l'artiste française, Niki de Saint Phalle avec un beau doodle, mettant en lumière son œuvre la plus célèbre représentant ses fameuses sculptures colorées de femmes

Le moteur de recherche honore Niki,l'artiste rebelle et créatrice des Nanas  qui est née le 29 octobre 1930. 


Niki de Saint-Phalle’ Les Trois Graces
(installed on Park Avenue, 2012)

Née d'un père français et d'une mère américaine, Niki, née à Neuilly-Sur-Seine se qualifiait de «wild maid» (fille sauvage), «wild soul» (âme sauvage) et «wild wild weed» (herbe folle) dans son autobiographie intitulée Traces. Ses Nanas s'exhibent d'ailleurs fièrement, preuve de son féminisme et de son esprit libéré. Que ce soit les Accouchements ou les Mariées, le corps de la femme ne rentre pas dans la norme.

Mais elle est aussi la créatrice des Tirs, œuvres plus marquées et violentes.
Les Tirs sont des tableaux préparés fixés sur une planche, composés de morceaux de plâtre, de tiges contenant des œufs et des tomates, des berlingots de shampoing et des flacons d'encre. Niki est une tireuse d'élite, elle a appris à tirer avec son grand-père.

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photo: Sébastien Soriono | Le Figaro

 Quelques notes importantes:

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) est l’une des artistes les plus populaires du milieu du XXe siècle, à la fois plasticienne, peintre, sculptrice et réalisatrice de films. 

Niki de Saint Phalle fut l’une des premières artistes femmes à acquérir la célébrité de son vivant, au début des années 1960. Niki de Saint-Phalle met en scène le corps féminin, chose rare à l'époque. Elle les présente comme des êtres indépendants, s'émancipant de la domination masculine dont elle a été victime dans son enfance.

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Niki de Saint-Phalle au Grand Palais
photo : Lionel Bonaventure | AFP

Si elle est surtout connue du grand public pour ses célèbres « Nanas », son oeuvre s’impose aussi par son engagement politique et féministe et par sa radicalité.

En France, dans les années 60, elle appartenait au groupe des Nouveaux Surréalistes, et partageait la vie et la création de Jean Tinguely.

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 Niki de Saint-Phalle

Dans la fin des années 1970, elle est l'une des premières à avoir exposé son travail dans l'espace public, notamment en s'occupant de maisons ou affichant ses sculptures dans des parcs.

Très coloré, son travail est preuve d'un engagement assumé à plusieurs causes: la lutte avec les Noirs américains ou celle contre le sida.  Niki et a réalisé avec son fils un film sur le sujet.

Influencée par Gaudi ou le Facteur Cheval, Niki, meurt en 2002 à l'âge de 71 ans. L'artiste, dont les poumons ont été rongés par les poussières de polystyrène qu'elle découpait pour ses sculptures, souffrait d'insuffisance respiratoire depuis la fin des années 1970, et de polyarthrite rhumatoïde depuis le début des années 1980. Elle s'éteint à l'hôpital de San Diego, en Californie, des suites de son insuffisante respiratoire chronique.

Elle n'a eu de cesse de créer des oeuvres monumentales, d'une imagination débridée, ouvertes au grand public et qu'elle a presque intégralement financées. 


bande annonce | crédits Grand Palais

Plus de dix ans après, Paris rassemble au Grand Palais son travail dans une immense rétrospective.

A découvrir l'oeuvre et le parcours de cette artiste audacieuse et engagée avec vos éleves.

L'exposition est au Grand Palais dès le 17 septembre 2014 dans les Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, entrée Champs Elysées, et y sera jusqu'au 2 février 2015.
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Niki de Saint-Phalle au Grand Palais
Éducation:

Mes lecteurs savent  que je défends beaucoup l'enseignement des Arts, même dans les cours du collège ou lycée.

Vous connaissez mes idées sur l'importance de l'art aux jeunes, que se soit la Musique, Danse, Littérature et Langues, Dessin et autres. Tout cela doit faire partie d'une éducation complète.

C'est vrai que la plupart du temps, je présente des ressources numériques, des thèmes, des activités en anglais. Mais je suis sûre que vous les suivez aussi bien en anglais qu'en français.


crédits : Grand Palais

J'adore les Doodles. Ils sont tellement créatifs! En plus ils accrochent tout de suite les étudiants. Ils apprendrons tout d'un coup un peu plus sur la culture, la science, les technologies.

Oui, la tablette, les mobiles, l'ordinateur, e tableau numérique interactif (TNI) sont là dans nos cours. Ce sont les outils de l'école 2.0.

Ils arrivent dans la classe, ils ouvrent leurs tablettes ou odinateurs. Tout de suite sur la page d'accueil, voilà le doodle. C'est motivant, non? On ne peut pas perdre ces petites ressources qui font déclencher la curiosité, le savoir, des activités et souvent des projets. Donc un doodle peut tout de suite déclencher une leçon plus vivante, créative, autonome.

On est scotché ! Vous voulez plus quoi? De la créativité et de la motivation! Notre imaginaire, la créativité, ne nous quittent ni une minute. Finalement, la préparation des cours se fait d'avance, mais on peut introduire des modifications dans le moment.


Mais attention! Il faut se sentir capable de le faire et de gérer toute une classe.


Et nous faisons progresser nos élèves, pas seulement penchés sur les contrôles, mais surtout et aussi sur les compétences que se libérent et valorisent avec de l'imagination

Nos élèves, souvent réputés "difficiles", s'expriment et évoluent plus librement quand on les motivent avec de la créativité.

Niveaux d'apprentissage: Primaire; collège ; lycée, CP 

A propos du Doodle de Niki Saint-Phale, ce sera extra dans les cours CP (voie professionelle, Design, Peinture, Sculpture, Multimédia, Musique).

Disciplines: Arts transversale Langues et Litterature, Musique.

Infos/ Activités:

Vingt ans après sa grande rétrospective parisienne (MAMVP, 1993), l’exposition au Grand Palais "propose une relecture de cette oeuvre à l’aune des réévaluations historiques de ces dernières années (histoire du féminisme, de la performance, du cinéma expérimental) mais aussi à partir d’un travail sur des archives de la Fondation Niki de Saint Phalle, largement inédites."

Grand Palais, présentation

Si vous enseignez à Paris ou même dans la banlieue, vous ne perdrez pas la possibilité de préparer une visite à l'aide de vos éléves, bien sûr, à l'Exposition au Grand Palais, une rétrospecive de l'innovatrice Niki Saint-Phalle.

L' exibition présente une rétrospective "propose une relecture de cette oeuvre à l’aune des réévaluations historiques de ces dernières années (histoire du féminisme, de la performance, du cinéma expérimental) mais aussi à partir d’un travail sur des archives de la Fondation Niki de Saint Phalle, largement inédites."

Invitez vos étudiants, collège, lycée, CP, CE1, CE2 à découvrir l’oeuvre chatoyant de Niki de Saint Phalle.

La variété de ses créations alliée à l’emploi de matériaux très divers favorise un parcours mêlant réalisme et imagination pour une belle initiation à l’art.

Consultez le programme pédagogique ici

"Tout bouge, il n'y a pas d'immobilité. Ne vous laissez pas influencer par des coutumes qui ont survécu. Laissez tomber les heures les secondes les minutes.Cessez toute résistance au changement.....Arrêtez de peindre le temps. Arrêtez de construire des cathédrales, des pyramides qui s'émiettent comme des oeuvres de sucre. Respirez profondément, vivez le temps présent, vivez  sur et dans le temps. Pour une réalité belle et absolue !"

Jean Tinguely

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29.10.2014
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jonas Salk, the Google doodle in Science lessons



Google doodle Dr Jonas Salk

Today, October 28th Google Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of the American scientist behind the first effective polio vaccine: Dr. Jonas SalkJonas Edward Salk was born on this day a century ago in New York.

“Thank You, Dr. Salk!” we can read in the homepage animation, which depicts joyful, fully mobile children dancing and running around with dogs and balloons. We know how polio largely impacted children.

This is a beautiful tribute. As so many tens of thousands of children suffered from polio into midcentury, his vaccine began as the stuff of dreams; by the mid-’50s, it was the substance of a profoundly life-altering reality.



Cover of Time Magazine
 March 29, 1954

Jonas Salk : some notes

Born in New York City on October 28, 1914, Jonas Salk was one of the leading scientists of the twentieth century and the creator of the first polio vaccine. He grew up poor in New York City, where his father worked in the garment district. Education was very important to his parents, and they encouraged him to apply himself to his studies.

Dr. Salk got his medical degree in 1939, at the New York University School of Medicine, and was working at the city’s Mount Sinai Hospital before a research fellowship at the University of Michigan — with his mentor — beckoned. 



Dr Jonas Salk at his lab
credits : Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD  

In 1947, he moved to head up the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Virus Research Laboratory, where he did the real groundbreaking work in his march toward a vaccine for paralytic poliomyelitis, or polio.

For one, the team of Harvard scientist John Enders solved how to grow the pure poliovirus in the test tube — a crucial step that enabled Salk’s effective experimentation with a “killed virus.” 

Then there were the needed funds — Salk got backing from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation).

In 1954, at least 1-million children — the Polio Pioneers — were tested across the nation (this followed testing that ranged from monkeys to Salk’s own family). 


credits : Historic Films Stock Footage Archive


The vaccine was announced as safe and largely effective on April 12, 1955. On the day his vaccine was announced as safe, Salk told the legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow: “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”



Dr Jonas Salk

In the ’60s, Salk built his La Jolla biological studies center — his “dream” institute — where he helped lead research on cancer immunology, multiple sclerosis and autoimmune diseases, as well as on development of an AIDS vaccine.

In addition to his research, Salk also wrote several books on philosophical topics. His works include Man Unfolding (1972) and The Survival of the Wisest (1973), which he co-wrote with son Jonathan.

"Salk is known best as the developer of the first successful vaccine against poliomyelitis, but he also made many other contributions in the fields of medicine and biology, philosophy, architecture and the history of medicine."


Dr Jonas Salk
photo: James A. Cox, courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Jonas Salk died of heart failure on June 23, 1995, at his home in La Jolla, California. He was 80.

With his groundbreaking vaccine, Salk had earned his place in medical history. He will always be remembered as the man who stopped polio.

There in La Jolla, near where nimble-limbed hang-gliders launch against the backdrop of the institute’s sun-bleached concrete, resides a memorial to Salk, the pioneer, the hero, the icon. It reads: 

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.



Education:

My usual readers know I often introduce Google doodles of the day in curricula. It's a wonderful motivation and it can surprise your students. It can start a conversation about polio in Sciences lesson

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that we can introduce in our lessons to teach about e famous writerspoetspioneers, and scientists.

Everyday we must introduce something captivating in our lessons, even we are teaching important skills in serious curriculum. 

Passion is what will make our students enter in the classroom waiting for something special in the middle of a lesson everyday. 

Schools are very important environments of teaching and learning. They have an important role aiming to renew and reinvigorate global knowledge as they have the mission to educate children and adolescents as future citizens.

These little digital 
resources can be educational challenges to promote some good values in the new generations that will be vigilant and helping to find path towards precious solutions to society and planet. Humanities and Sciences are the basic curricula.



Activities:

I think some of  activities below could inspire your students but you are free to propose your own ideas:

  • Organize an open day (today or/and nex week) in your school with the help of your students to highlight the importance of science for world development;
  • Open discussions in the classroom to discuss the fundamental importance of polio vaccine in the life of so many children and adolescents and to eradicate polio.
  • Enphazise the different ways science & technologies touch our daily lives;
  • Contact a scientist to a conversation in the school library with students, teachers, parents to highilight the importance of celebrating the centenary anniversary of Dr Jonas Salk;
  • Ask the students to write articles, biographical essay of true stories of children (after a good research on the school library and on the internet), scientific comis (cross-curricula Languages, Sciences, Arts) to highlight the importance of science for sustainable societies;
  • Include the work in the school newspaper;
  • Build classroom-to-classroom connections between schools via the Internet:  schools websites, schools accounts on Facebook or Twitter, to share science projects that will interest students;
  • Arrange a Science Museum visit. Museums are awesome practical lessons.

Levels: All levels (different activities for different ages and grades).

Some thoughts:

So as you see, can we say that formal learning is a non captivating method? Of course, not! It must be creative! And teachers are so creative!

Well, there are a lot of funny and engaging activities about Sciences and Humanities that we can create and share with our students, on informal learning (online learning) and formal learning (face-to-face teaching).

Social networks, devices as tablets and smarphones or iphones became fundamental in the classroom.

Believe me! You will have a motivated class that will learn science or humanities.

To us, as educators, "the attitude" of changing methods, and our creative mind to facilitate different learning activities at our young students is happening and used every day at school

"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."

Marie Curie

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28.10.2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Let's celebrate School Libraries Month, reading !





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"A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket."

Chinese Proverb

Every October school librarians - United States is on April - are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.

Throughout October, every year, the world celebrates International School Library Month, the perfect time for students to visit their own school library and browse through the hundreds of books and nowl e-books as well, available.

October is the International School Libraries Month. In Portugal, schools celebrate this event on 27 October. This is the reason I am writing today about the SLM, thinking in all students and school libraries that will be celebrating it on the next Monday.

The SLM theme 2014 is "Your School Library : Mind-Map Central"



International School Library Month allows those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate the importance of school libraries.


The first International School Library Day was celebrated on 18 October 1999, with the theme, "A Day in the Life..."

The change to International School Library Month was approved by the IASL Board in December 2007.





Education:

“I don't know where I'd be without my school library,” said Kinney. “Our librarians were passionate about putting great books in the hands of kids, and making us into lifelong readers. School libraries introduce kids to whole new worlds and new perspectives and are so important in broadening kids' minds. It's crucial that we support our school libraries, especially in times of tightening budgets. I'm so grateful for the well-stocked libraries and knowledgeable, dedicatedschool librarians that were a part of my childhood."

Jeff Kinneybestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series


Kinney is right. School libraries and Languages teachers are passionnate about putting great books in the hands of our students and making them into lifelong readers. If you speak Potuguese, you must read my post Concurso Literatura Portuguesa : Achas que sabes ler?




Activities :

You will find some suggestions to celebrate this day on my post International School Libraries Day 2012

Hoping some of the activities could inspire you.

But the ISLM is organizing special activities. There is information on the ISLM website to help you. Take part in one of the special activities : 



  • ISLM Bookmark Project

The ISLM Bookmark Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks (any style, shape, etc - be creative) that reflects the International School Library Month theme. 

Ask your students to be creative !

The Bookmark Exchange Project is a simple, fun way of sharing the pleasure and delights of books and libraries and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide. 

If you and your students did not get involved last year perhaps you will in 2014. If you have a matched school early enough you may wish to your students communicate with each other before you make your Bookmarks exchange in readiness for International School Library Month in October.

I am sure you registered your school early in September.

Please note the following:
  • You should aim to send the bookmarks to your matched school in October
  • In order to avoid disappointment for students and teachers in your matched school, please follow through on your bookmark commitment.


  • ISLM Skype Project
Would your students like to talk to others in a far away country during International School Library Month? 
The trick is finding someone in a time zone where you can link up via Skype during a school day. Next Monday will be perfect here in Portugal.



Luis de Camoes 
illustration : Gonçalo Mar e Miguel Ram

  • What people are doing for ISLM 2014

Send in your submissions for "What people are doing for ISLM 2014" by email to the IASL Secretariat.

Subject line: ISLM activities

Include in your email message the following information:
  • Country
  • Name
  • Title of your position
  • School or organization
  • Brief outline of the ISLM activity
  • Web link, if appropriate
  • Up to 6 pictures to accompany your report [more than 6 will not be used on the web)
If sending images to accompany your report on ISLM activities, please send them as *.jpg or *.gif files. Keep them as small as possible, for example under 500KB. Send no more than 6 pictures with your report.

Please note: Submissions received after 8 November 2014 may not be included on the ISLM "What people are doing" web pages.





Some thoughts:

A school library in the XXI century must have the new books, e-books, e-readers and other kind of material in order to motivate the new generations.

A school library meets the needs of all kind of learners. Never forget chidren's preparation for e-readers, especially  the students from disadvantaged social backgrounds or having special needs.

Integrating digital and media literacy as critical elements for education at all levels is essential to keep our students near the school libraries.

As I already wrote on this blog, implementing these new digital books is about more than just jumping on the latest technological bandwagon or attempting to reinvent the library and printed books in order to stay relevant.




School libraries must be prepared to introduce innovative devices but also not to forget the enchantment of printed books. The smell of paper, the illustrations, some times in relief (children's books), the pleasure to turn the page. Just beautiful things that we must keep.

Teachers librarians anda languages teachers must be innovative of course. Both are awesome. Printed books and/or e-books. Even reading on the internet. Remember Digital Reading in the classroom

At school the libraries arounf the world are always looking forward to a future with ebooks and printed books.

School libraries are integrated learning spaces that values connections between home, school, community, and the world.

Encourage students to be creative and never let them lose their sense of wonder. So let's keep reading all over the year envouraging our students to become lifelong avid readers.


"We should teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."

B.F. Skinner

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24.10.2014
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