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Lesson Plans

Re: computers in the art room

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Robert Alexander Fromme (rfromme)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 04:12:28 -0600

Concerning the request for information on computers and software use in the
art room, we at East Central High School have five PowerMac platforms (5200
AVs, most with 16 megs of memory) and on them we run PhotoShop, Fractal
Design Painter, Avid Videoshop, Claris Works, One one of the machines (with
32 megs of memory) we run Vidio Fusion with some of the other software. We
have one MAC 60/6600 AV which runs PhotoShop, Painter and Avid Videoshop,
Adobe Premier, and Ofoto scanning software. We also have 3 Zip drives on
three of these machines since image files are very large and will often go
beyond 1.44 megs or the size of a single floppy. We have only a H.P. 540 B&W
Printer so we are developing exhibition space on the Web and hard copies of
the student work are currently done at Kinko's Copies....expensive ...yes,
but without a quality color printer we have no other options. We also use
one of my personal pawnshop Camcorders for image capture and filming for
preliminary quick time work. I usually hook the Color LCD screen into the
60/6600 platform to do my lectures and to take the class surfing offline.

We do not yet have a phone line in the classroom so I end up using my
machines at home to do a lot of work on the web. I have constructed my home
machines from assorted cards, drives, etc. one is a sleepy 486 which runs
OS2 and the other is a Pentium running windows 95. On these machines, I
run email exchanges for the kids, collect materials from the web for offline
surfing using Teleport Pro (Download whole sites) and Unmozify (mine the
Netscape Cache directory after surfing) on the Windows95 machine and after
moving the web sites and useful lecture materials onto a MAC formatted Zip
using Conversion Plus, I bring the materials in to the classroom. I have a
personal color scanner and assorted software which I use for lecture
preparation at home in the evenings and weekends. In addition to Paintshop
Pro, PhotoStacker, Photo Morph, F.D. Dabbler, LView Pro, Gif Construction
Kit, and Wordkinx (OCR software). For the work I do on the Web for the
District and for the High School I use WSFtp, Netscape 3, and Hotdog Pro. I
use Eudora and HyperTerminal for email.

Hope this helps.

Bob Fromme
East Central High School, San Antonio, TX