Thank you so much for your insights on this
discussion. You have made a great amount of points
that truly need to be considered by all teachers.
My Masters in Educational Technology and the
strategies and ideas from those classes had not
existed ten years ago. As I had said in an earlier
posting my generation (48 here) are the imigrants to
technology, todays students are the natives. If we
want to communicate with the "natives" we must learn
the language and be able to communicate. Technology
in the classroom will not go away. We cannot use
excuses for not using it, it is a reality of todays
Jen I am going to hang onto your posting as you have
given a perspective sometimes missed, one from the
"real world" where the strategies and techniques of
technology are put to use.
--- Jen Ellis <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hello Everyone-
> I am not a "teacher" in the sense I have a teaching
> degree or have a
> classroom, but I wanted to join this discussion as a
> I have a
> background in Technology/Art and work in Continuing
> Education. I am
> currently working for a large hospital system doing
> Online Interactive
> Education. I am a recent college graduate (2004)
> with a BFA-Digital
> Arts degree. I thought maybe my background can add
> an interesting
> twist to this thread.
> I can say that we are as Artist's in this "new
> media" age that the
> industry and schooling is in a constant mode of
> change, and yes as
> educators its a struggle to catch up. Six years ago
> I learned how to
> use Photoshop 6 and now we are 3 versions later,
> with new tools and
> possibilites we never thought possible.
> I will have to say that as an art student I was
> always interested in
> new technologies, but trying to learn it! No one
> knew anything! I felt
> that my classes were just watching the teacher
> struggle with the
> software. During my sophomore year, my friends and I
> got a group
> together who developed an expertise on certain
> subjects and one day a
> week we would conduct a seminar on that topic. (free
> but of course!)
> It was the only way I felt I would obtain enough
> knowledge to get a
> job in my field.
> To be an Artist today, there is more expected of
> you. You need to be a
> graphic designer and make your own business cards,
> you need to be a
> photographer, and a digital artist, to capture and
> touch up your
> images of work, you need to be a web designer to
> market your work.
> Roles are expanding. More is expected of you. How
> can you compete with
> that sculptor in China who has a million blog
> subscribers if you can't
> even make a PDF of your work to email to a friend?
> Education is changing. You have to be "cool" "hip"
> and "flashy". My
> job is to go through a boring question and answer
> test or a long
> newsletter, and make it interactive. Create games,
> movies, animations,
> creative ways of presenting the information.
> Otherwise, my doctors
> will go elsewhere to receive their credits.
> Webcasting/Podcasting are
> now becoming the norm if you can't make a class.
> Blogs and chatrooms
> are becoming ways of sharing information. I had one
> computer science
> teacher that gave us his instant message name so we
> could contact him
> with questions. We would get an instant answer. This
> is the "now"
> generation. The age of convenience. They want their
> answers and faster
> than they can ask the next one. If you don't
> already, you will
> probably need to have a working web site for your
> class. I could see
> you doing a live broadcast with other countries
> across the world!
> Creating a Camtasia presentation of an instruction
> guide for a new
> software. Have your students create their own web
> pages and abstract
> animations. Digital cameras will bring photography
> back into the low
> budget classroom since you no longer need that
> expensive printing
> equipment. What about each student logging into
> their custom art
> website? Where they have custom assignments tailored
> to their likes,
> dislikes, level of difficulty, medium, etc. And no
> more powerpoint!
> (sorry to say, but this is on the outs folks! not
> good enough
> Ok that's all for now. Take Care-
> Interactive Multimedia Artist
> Cleveland, OH
> And yes, my job didn't exist a year ago. My degree
> didn't exist 6 years ago.
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