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Re: [teacherartexchange] recycling clay

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Apr 21 2008 - 18:20:58 PDT


I have 2 42" plasma tvs, a high def Polycom camera, a document camera, 15
laptops, 2 Macs, and numerous cameras in my room. I understand your fear of
clay, but really, if you have the students clean up really well after each
class the dust can be minimized. I have students work on plastic place mats
that I purchased on clearance - these are washed off at the end of each
class. I only do clay with one class at a time. I do not allow them to sand
their bisque projects. They clean them as well as possible during the
leatherhard stage and then they are put on the cart to be fired once dry.
Students are not given access to their projects once they are dry (they LOVE
to steel wool them if they get a chance). But the only way I can do clay
with my technology is to minimize the dust, so no sanding. If they don't
clean up properly they don't get to leave the room. I also teach via IDL
(Interactive Distance Learning), and I don't allow distance to keep us from
doing clay either! Students love clay, and it is a great motivator. I may
have to put limitations on what they do, but I still try to make it happen
for them.
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

>Given that I have a brand new digital projector (ceiling-mounted, so I
>cannot easily
> cover it) and ActivBoard in my artroom, I am especially fearful of the
> dust,
> as I do not want to compromise my technology.

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