I would recommend the latest Macintosh laptop. It is an Intel chip machine and
you can run the Mac OS and Windows. It also has lots of free tools in their
iLife software: iMovie, iChat, Garage Band. Get as many as you can afford.
I recommend a scanner, digital camera, LCD panel/projector, SMARTboard, color
printer (laser is best, but ink jet will work, too). Wacom tablet would be
great as well.
I recommend the following elearning software: HyperStudio (you will need a PC
for this, or use the PC emulation on an Intel chip machine), Inspiration,
PowerPoint. I also recommend a high speed connection to the Internet. Also
sign up for a free account at the wiki site: TappedIn.org. With an account,
you can set up a secure place where students can engage in blogs, post images,
PowerPoint presentations, images, links, documents etc. TappedIn also has some
online workshops that are very helpful. I know Pam Stephens on this list has
her students participate in these workshops. You might find them helpful.
Kevan Netzburg of this list, "presents" on tappedin. There are also other art
teachers who use it as well. Perhaps you could work with other teachers and
their students in an online collaboration.
If you want to make art with technology, of course I recommend Photoshop or
PhotoElements. I also like Painter. I liked Dabbler, but I don't know if it
is still available. These are more expensive software, but you can get
discounts if your district buys in bulk. A good source for software and
instructional CDs is the Academic Superstore. (academicsuperstore.com). It is
an Austin based company. I like them because they are helpful and have good
Before getting any technology, develop a plan and focus on student learning
needs in making the plan. Try not to get too bedazzled by the flash of
technology. Focus on what you can do with technology, and not the technology
itself. This is hard to do because students can be swayed easily by "cool"
I hope this helps.
> I know Diane Gregory has a wealth of classroom technology experience and so
> does Judy Decker. I have spent the evening browsing in all our old archives
> to get our members comments on what technology to integrate into the art
> classroom. We are prehistoric at my school (except for the computer lab/
> dept. which has it all) Outside of an overhead, VHS and monitor and two
> "dinosauric" computers that are not worth much when it comes to graphics, we
> little else. I even bought my own scanner/printer and CD burner.
> What would you suggest that we get IF we had the bucks. I know I want an LCD
> and laptop. Or are there better options? I am 'dum-dumb" about this stuff.
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