Very well said. I couldn't agree more. Using technology has not changed our student's ability to make good art or to think critically. It is still the same ole thing--getting them to persist, engage themselves, and to think critically. There really is no subsitute for really hard work. Whether or not one uses traditional materials or technology, this reality has not changed.
From: Melissa Enderle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Feb 20, 2005 12:42 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <email@example.com>
Subject: Are today's kids really techno-saavy?
Indeed, today's children feel very comfortable with using a variety of
techno gadgets. They also are adept at customizing their desktops, searching
for music lyrics and online games. However, if you ask them which website
they would use for information - a website that is flashy-rich vs. a plainer
one but content-rich and accurate, most kids would choose the flashy one.
Observe a student doing internet searching, and you will see Google results
with over a million hits - all due to poor keyword searches. Then there's
PowerPoint presentations, which are equipped with animations and sound
effects, but are content-poor....
Today's kids need to be trained how to be a saavy technology user, able to
discern/evaluate information, synthesize it and use as a basis for personal
application and original ideas.
Integrative Technology Facilitator
International School of Belgrade
Director of Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Department of Art