and Similarity: Designing a Coat of Arms
How it works:
This program is comprised
of several step-by-step Photoshop lessons with screen shots and clear
descriptions of the correct tools to select. It enables students to
be creative and includes math concepts such as reflection and similarity
along with technological development. While learning these concepts
and developing their technological skills, the students use the Internet
to learn about the concept and history of the family crest, or coat
of arms. They learn about the significance of the various colors,
shapes, symbols, and mottoes that have been used, and they design,
draw, and color their own coats and write descriptions of them that
explain their aesthetic and symbolic choices.
Students reinforce the
geometrical concepts of similarity and reflection. They apply technological
knowledge and skills to design products to satisfy a variety of needs;
understand and gain proficiency in Photoshop software; and use the
written language for explanation and description.
Required materials include a computer with Internet connection
and Photoshop and Microsoft Word software.
These lessons are appropriate
for students from eighth through twelfth grade. Students need some
technology skills. The lessons can be adjusted to the level of the
The Photoshop lessons
in Reflection and Similarity: Coat of Arms are clear and work
with a variety of age ranges. Students are highly motivated to learn
Photoshop and enjoy creating art with the computer while they learn
math concepts. The students also learn about a unique aspect of history
that can enhance their understanding and appreciation of classic literature,
and they like personalizing their coats and choosing appropriate mottoes.
While students generally enjoy their work,
they can become impatient and it can be difficult for the teacher
to assist them. Walk around the room in an orderly path and assure
the students you will get to all of them. You may also want to demonstrate
the steps using an LCD projector. Enlist a student who is familiar
with the program to assist others.
About the teacher:
Laura Anderson is a
math/technology teacher at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School
in New York City. She has been teaching for 20 years and currently
teaches Web Design, Computer Math, and Oracle Internet Academy.