Web Sightings for June 2010

June is going to be a busy month for me so I decided to post my monthly Web sightings a day early.

Let’s start with this 10-minute video featuring Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA that illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. This isn’t the first time I brought up Pink’s take on motivation. But, what’s unique about this video by the folks at Cognitive Media is that it takes Pink’s talk and visualizes the concepts with simple drawings. A colleague pointed out the video and that led me to poke some more around the Web for similar items where I found this Scott McCloud comic he drew back in 2008 to explain Google Chrome. Both are great examples of the power of images to explain and make complex ideas more memorable.

The Creators Project is a new global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world.

Will Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist do for Art what American Idol did for music, So You Think You Can Dance did for dancing, and Jersey Shore did for New Jersey?

The North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts has a nice collection of DBAE curriculum materials on their website that not only reflect a historical era in the field of art education, but also illustrate best practices in visual arts education. This site is certainly “bookmark” worthy.

GOOD’s Neighborhood Flags Project looks like a good idea for the classroom.

Twitter users should check out these two useful tools: TwitThat and TweetChat.

As a follow-up to my recent posting on the impact of school budget cuts on arts education programs, this Onion 2007 spoof article titled Pipe Cleaners, Googly Eyes Cut From Elementary School Arts Budget, reminds us to keep our sense of humor—even when times are bad.

MoMA & P.S.1’s new web initiative Studio Visit offers virtual presentations of New York-based artists’ studios in the greater New York area. Emerging artists working in the five boroughs and greater New York area are invited to upload video or still images of their studios and work, which will remain present on the website for at least one month. This site holds promise for art educators looking for online resources to teach contemporary art in the classroom.

Lastly, check out the winners for the 2010 Doodle 4 Google contest