Pottery + Technology = Success!


 Who would have thought Pottery and Technology could be combined? 

I teach numerous sections of Pottery I to high school students. In Pottery I, students complete 5 projects. These projects all deepen their understanding of clay and allows them them to master hand building techniques. As a reflection for each project I typically have students fill out a worksheet. They self-evaluate themselves on their final product and they also do a written project review, where they share their experiences and learning. I am thrilled that this assignment allows for written reflection, but it tends to get redundant and most students dread doing it. Another con is that students are only hearing my feedback and are missing out on peer feedback.

How can I make project reflections and peer critiques more exciting and accessible to my students?

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.18.29 PMLino is a unique and refreshing tool that can be used in place of the written self-evaluation worksheet. Instead, students can use their phone or iPad to connect to the app (which they will actually be quite excited about). By revamping and incorporating the use of Lino, students will be able to document, showcase their work with images they’ve taken and can answer questions regarding their learning. In addition, students are able to check out other peer work and leave comments/feedback.

For Example…

Here is  what a students’ reflection post might look like in Lino. They will provide a before and after photo of their project and include their two post-it notes that discuss their learning. Then they are free to navigate to make comments on other peer artwork.

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I explain the lesson further in my Spirit Rattle Revised Lesson Plan (below). The spirit rattle project is the 2nd of 5 projects that students complete in Pottery I. They are shown historical and modern examples of rattles before designing, creating and making their very own.

Now you might be wondering…

How do I know if I am incorporating Technology successfully into my classroom?

All educators have been feeling the more recent pressure to incorporate technology into their lessons. Not to mention it is actually one of the 21st century learning objectives too. Students need to be comfortable and familiar using an array of new technologies in order to be prepared for the future.

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This is an image of the 21st Century Learning Objectives from P21.org. There are 3 types of focus: Life and Career Skills, Learning and Innovative Skills and Information, Media and Technology Skills. 

As an Educator I find it overwhelming in knowing where to always start and knowing how to successfully incorporate technology into a lesson. The best place to start when trying to incorporate technology into your classroom is to follow the TPACK framework.

TPACK is made up of 3 parts:

  • Content Knowledge– What are you teaching? Which standards are you addressing in your lesson?
  • Pedagogical Knowledge– What types of instruction are you using (Problem based, inquiry, direct instruction, etc)?
  • Technological Knowledge– Which tool will tie it all together and make the information more accessible to students?
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Here is a visual of the 3 different parts and how they are combined to create the TPACK framework.

Want a more in depth explanation of the TPACK framework? Click here or check out TPACK.org


Good News: TPACK is applicable to all content, even POTTERY!

With my Spirit Rattle Revised Lesson Plan I combine all 3 parts of the TPACK framework. The content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and technological knowledge are all fully present within the lesson. Students further their exploration in the art content by combining two pinch pots to make an originally designed and functional rattle. Pedagogy is present in all facets of the project because first, I demonstrate the project and students then explore, create, problem solve and evaluate their work. Students also get a chance to collaborate with others to leave meaningful feedback. Lastly, the technological knowledge is fully present because Lino allows for better accessibility and ownership for my students. It also makes for terrific documentation of my students’ learning that I can share with colleagues and administraton.

By using and following the TPACK framework you can ensure that you are successfully incorporating technology into any lesson.


Koehler, M.J., & Mishra, P. (2009). Too cool for school? No way! Learning and Leading with Technology, 14-18.


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