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>1. How important is it to use technology in the art classrooms?
It's very important that we prepare our students for their future...and
computers are definitely a part of that. The more they know or are familiar
with before they graduate...the better prepared they will be for whatever
career they choose.
There is a lot of emphasis on word processing, spreadsheets, and data
base...and I feel that computer graphics are going to be a big PLUS in their
careers. I have been working with computer graphics for the last 10 years.
My principal wants our art students to not only be familiar with the PC
platform but also the MAC...so they are adding a MAC to my classroom this
year...in additional to my PC.
>2. If used, at what level do you really begin having the students use
I stress having students begin with technology in elementary school. I
teach a workshop for teachers so that they will know how to use PAINT that
comes with the computer. They can use this for many things...and also begin
to show their students how to "create art on the computer". Some of the
Paint lessons that I use in my workshop are included on my web page listed
And, by the way, I don't need for anyone to write me and tell me that when
you use Paint, you "get what you pay for"...because I also have Painter
Classic,Dabbler, Painter 5, PhotoShop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw,
Illustrator, and Light Wave...and teach my students how to use them...but I
know that in the elementary grades and middle school, there are no other
graphic programs available and no interest to include them at this point.
So, if they "learn on what they have"...it's much easier later on to switch
over to other programs. Learning to use Paint creates an interest in
computer graphics with the students.
>3. What hardware do you feel you should have access to and how often?
Computer, color ink jet printer (oversized printer, if possible for
graphics), scanner, digital camera, large screen television, tv elite, and
Power Point...also, I would suggest a CD burner...so that students can save
images of all of their artwork by creating a portfolio and saving to the CD.
I have access to all of this at my school...and my students know how to use
>4. What software do you feel is the best and why?
I kind of answered that above...but I think for high school students, the
best all-around software would be Paint Shop Pro...easier to use and
inexpensive (approximate $100 - with a free 30 day trial download from
www.jasc.com) I have students who download, use for 30 days, delete,
download, use for 30 days, and so....
>5. For those of you who have used this a lot, how has it benefited your
They are more prepared for college and the business world...plus they can do
a lot of the things on the computer themselves that I would have to do
>6. Do students miss out on traditional art classrooms?
We do not have a separate class...the computer graphics are integrated into
the regular art classes.
Jackie...hope this info helps you.
Kinston High School
Kinston NC 28501
http://cyber.lenoir.k12.nc.us/khs/departments/roberts.html (Computer Art
>I am not being totally upfront at this point as to how I am involved
>with technology in my room. I will do so after I have some feedback
>from you. I am trying to compare my thoughts to that of my professional
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