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In response to your request for ideas for using multimedia with "at-risk"
kids here are a few ideas:
1. I agree that using Freehand etc., is not the way to go. I suggest you
look at programs like HyperStudio or HyperCard which allow students to
bring together video, images, sound and text, i.e., multimedia.
2. As you head down this path you'll need to come to grips with traditional
notions about art (e.g., that it must hang on a wall) and forge into new
areas for displaying work (e.g., on video). Of course, there is also the
Web which offers a global exhibition area.
3. There are other areas that present possibilities...I've worked with kids
(and college students) in using the computer with more traditional media to
make artists books (as an example).
4. Most of the innovative stuff I've seen being done in this area typically
revolves around kids responding to some socially/cultually relevant theme
Well, just a few thoughts. I'm interested in what you come up with here.
University of Florida