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I am also exploring multimedia uses of the technology, but am currently
hampered by limited RAM and no money for upgrades (am looking for grants).
It is my vision to someday have students create visual term papers,
combining text and original graphics, scanned images, images from CD-ROM's;
or original computer "storybooks"; illustrated journals; class newsletters,
etc. I have many more ideas than I ever get to pursue - and no time to do
it either. I'm initiating digital portfolio assessment by taking photos
(Apple QuickTake) of student work and having them write evaluative
statements about them. I'll keep these on file as long as they are in the
school system and encourage them to add to their digital portfolio and
reflect upon their work from time to time.
Then there's the Internet. I'm online at home and my school computer lab
(PC) is on, but they can't get the Mac's in the school system connected.
Money is again the problem. I just drool at the thought of accessing the
Metropolitan or Louvre someday from computers in the classroom.
So what are other teachers doing?
Oh, one last thing. I have also put lots of hours into designing simplified
student directions for the software I have - I don't even make it through
the manuals, so I sure don't expect them to, but they do need some
directions. I don't see any problem with using professional level graphics
software, at least on the high school level. I have no desire to use
anything like PrintShop, that pre-formats so much for the user - it takes
away most of the creativity. (It's fine for non-artists).
7-12 Art, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617