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The Role of Technology in Arts Education

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Melissa Enderle (enderlml.wi.us)
Fri, 20 Feb 98 20:26:19 -0600


Hi folks,
I'm here to post another question- actually a dilemma I just discovered
this past week.
I teach at an elementary school, an urban school which goes up to grade
7. The school just opened up its technology lab at its newer site (which
houses grades 4-7). On Wedsneday I went and met with the teacher who
defined the user setup. This teacher, whose father is a graphics
designer, told me that he didn't think that I and my art students should
have any use for the computers. Art, he said, is supposed to be hands-on
studio activities. Besides, he added, computers in art should wait until
the students enter high school. Knowing his background, I was utterly
shocked!
Alas, the principal harbored similar ignorant beliefs. No wonder the art
and music software requests were all but ignored!

The music teacher and I are working on a draft letter to our principal
and staff. We are looking for any arsenal (studies, quotes, etc.) that
would help support the vital role of technology in arts education.
Can any of you help? Thanks.