Break Down the Project
Visit today's Thimble project called #allthestickerz. Take students through the page on your projected computer. Explain that our goal is to make Web art stickers that we can share with others and use to mark-up, decorate, and comment on other Web pages using a remix tool called the Web X-Ray Goggles. There are three big parts to this project that we'll tackle together in order.
- First, we'll make our sticker images using tools on the Web.
- Second, we'll remix this Thimble page to show our own stickers.
- Third, we'll use the Web X-Ray Goggles to put our stickers on other webpages.
Tell students that there is a tutorial inside the Thimble project that will help us do each step. Also, give students an idea of how you will split up and pace the project so that they don't feel overwhelmed by all the steps at once. Be ready to help students who experience processing, reading, and writing difficulties to complete the project with your help, additional scaffolding, and/or peer support. It's fine to have students work in pairs on this project so long as they and you share expectations about both partners' inclusion and participation.
Hit the green "Remix" button on the Thimble project. This will take you and your students into the code of the page. Talk through the structure of the Thimble interface.
- The files we'll use in the project, eventually including our own stickers, live in the left sidebar called "FILES."
- We can edit the code and change the webpage in the middle window.
- We can see a preview of the webpage, as well as the tutorial for the activity, in the window to the right.
Answer any questions about the interface that come up.
Click on the "Tutorial" tab in the upper right-hand part of the screen. Show students how the tutorial is broken up into steps and tell them which steps you'll do when. Chunk the project to help students see that there are specific beginning and ending points built in, such as "Make pixel art," "Put our art into the Thimble project," and "Put our stickers on other webpages."
This is also a good time to remind students of community norms about Web content and images in your community. Help students identify safe online habits, as well as good digital citizenship practices, while creating images and annotating webpages. Invite students to create awesome work that doesn't unjustly make others uncomfortable in your shared learning space.
Once you feel like learners have a solid understanding of how the project will be paced so as not to overwhelm them, go on to make your art!