My Presentation at the HTAV 2016 Conference – Resources


📺 UPDATE: Videos posted at end of post 📺

A bit of a one stop shop here for the resources I am using and creating for my workshop today. The links and resources below will be used in the creation of online resources you will be making. I will also update this post with recordings of my sessions.

Part 1: Seesaw

Seesaw is a free and super easy to use app to create and empower your students to have online journals. Comments, recording work, and communication with parents are all a tap away. Perfect for Primary students and classes that may only have a few devices. One of the best features? In one tap it will also automatically create an online blog for you to share.

QR Code for our HTAV Seesaw class:


Part 2: Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom

Here we will look at Google Apps for Education, though I am sure a lot of you are quite familiar with its online creation and collaboration tools, we will focus on using Google Classroom to bring it all together and become your classroom PA!

Part 3: iTunes U

iPad school? – This is your platform. We will see how easy it is to create an online course for your class and students. Curate resources, encourage discussion and more.

Part 4: Blog

The best way to promote…you. Your resources, your teaching…your brand!

Part 5: Resources:

Well, as I work for the National Gallery of Victoria, of course I need my resources to be Art History based. And I like sheep…

Danish-born artist August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck settled in Paris as a young man, to study at the famous École des Beaux-Arts. He spent most of his career in Paris, specialising in painting landscapes and animal subjects, which were often seen as a metaphor for human relationships and society. These included several snowy, winter landscapes depicting sheep struggling for survival.
In Anguish, a brave ewe stands defiantly over the limp body of her lamb. Blood from the lamb’s mouth trickles on to the snow.  The pair is encircled by a mass of menacing black crows. The situation appears hopeless, despite the bravery of the ewe.
Anguish was one of the NGV’s earliest acquisitions. In 1906, the painting was voted among the five most popular in the Melbourne collection. Today it is displayed among other 19th century narrative paintings in the NGV where it continues to inspire visitors. Evidence of its enduring appeal can be found on social media sites including Flickr. August Schenck even has a fan club on Facebook.

Classroom discussion:

  • The composition of Anguish has been carefully considered to create atmosphere, mood and meaning. Discuss, considering how the artist has used elements such as colour and tone, and design principles such as focal point and repetition.
  • How might Anguish be interpreted as a metaphor for human relationships and society? Consider what types of human characters and behaviour the sheep and the crows might symbolise.
  • Why do you think Anguish has strong popular appeal?

L. Benson in T. Gott, L. Benson & contributors, 20th Century Painting and Sculpture in the International Collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003.

Google Classroom Activity:

Instructions for students:
1. Spend four minutes looking at Schenck’s Anguish.
2. Write down what stands out to you.
3. Discuss your observations with a partner.
4. Report to the class the items observed that were not in common with your partner.
5. Explain why they have a special significance – in what ways do they convey a mood or message?

iTunes U Activity:

Instructions for students:
1. Spend four minutes looking at Schenck’s Anguish.
2. If the animals in this image could talk (hey, Disney can do it), what do you think they might be saying? Think about the animals, how they are portrayed in the scene (good guy / bad guy) their motivations and more.
3. Discuss your observations with a partner.
4. Open the App ChatterPix, create several videos that will give a voice to the animals.
5. Save all these videos, and then open iMovie and edit them together into one movie. Add some dramatic music and titles to give emphasises to your short film.
Image: – We will also talk about that whole, Copyright thing here…



iTunes U / iBooks Author:


Google Classroom:



One thought on “My Presentation at the HTAV 2016 Conference – Resources

  1. Good evening Daniel. Braemar students will be at the NGV tomorrow on the Yr9 camp. If you are around.



    Sent from my iPhone

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