1. How important is it to use technology in the art classrooms?
************ At one time a brush or oil paint were the new technology. Maybe
the question we should ask is (Should we use Digital Technology?) Answer:
Sure, it's just another "brush"! On of our reasons for existing is to help
students learn to make and appreciate products that are visually literate.
Let's face it when the web was text only just a few were willing to use it.
But when Graphics and Color etc. were added many more people wanted to
explore it. If art teachers don't teach that design elements and principles
apply to all things visual ( including the web and digital art) we would be
negligent in our work.
2. If used, at what level do you really begin having the students use
************ I taught elementary several years ago. I "borrowed" a computer
that no one missed. K-6 It became the most used computer in the school. I
had a tablet and a simple drawing program. Two kids even got in a fight over
the sign-up sheet. I believe when kids find it's more fun to draw than eat
crayons it's time to have them use crayons. So, when their big enough to not
chew the cords or throw the mouse and they have an interest. Then they are
3. What hardware do you feel you should have access to and how often?
********** Depends on student maturity and your budget.
4. What software do you feel is the best and why?
******** Basic to start. High end as they gain experience.
5. For those of you who have used this a lot, how has it benefited your
************ One major advantage is the ability to quickly make changes to
an image and then compare it to the previous or original image. The student
then can see which image best represents what they are trying to
communicate. Also undo feature allow a perfect erase. Students like it
because their mistakes disappear completely.
6. Do students miss out on traditional art classrooms?
******** Remember this is art. We teach the same elements and principles as
in other media.
John Bundy http://www.acsc.net/ahs.htm
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