Your thesis project sounds wonderful. I have three suggestions for you.
First I suggest that you do something different than everybody else. I do not think
we need another web site that provides links to the same art web sites that
everybody else lists. Something different may be online lessons for students that
require students to use the web in creative ways to study various concepts etc.
related to the Hirshorn collection. You could use frames to keep them at the
Hirshorn site while also visiting other related sites. You could have students
engage in reflective writing by providing online question forms for students to
answer, print or send to someone else via e-mail.
Second, provide art lessons for students of all ages that require them to move from
the mediated world of the internet, to the real world of immediate experience and
back and forth. This could include both online and off line activities in art history,
criticism, studio and aesthetics. Your web site could be a place to share discoveries
and ideas. It would be grand if you solicited ideas from students. I would envision
something like a collective journal.
Third, whatever activities you provide on or offline, make sure that these activities
are active, learner centered, collaborative and community based. Also your
activities should encourage creative thinking, hypothesis testing, intuition,
risk-taking, problem solving, etc. When you plan your program, consider ways to
make technology become a very flexible, human tool for higher order learning.
Best of luck with your project. I hope my suggestions are helpful.
-- Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art Education Art Education and Technology Specialist Department of Art & Design Southwest Texas State University San Marcos, TX 78666 512-245-2611 work 512-707-1864 home dianegregory