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[teacherartexchange] Using Technology in Art


Date: Thu Jul 27 2006 - 14:09:18 PDT

Hi Everyone - thank you in advance for your guidance. We really need your
Together with Dr. Slavko Milekic (University of the Arts, Phila.), we will be
introducing SmArt Tools in September through November under the company name of
FlatWorld Interactives. We are a software development company committed to
developing interactive software for the education market. We globally connect
kids to art through exciting new technology that is not yet available.
For the first time in the history of human kind, globalization (flattening) of
the world has made different art forms and works of art from various cultures
readily accessible. However, access to this information is currently fairly
abstract and non-experiential. Creating tools that would allow active
(experiential) interaction with various art forms will significantly increase
the beneficial effect of exposure to the arts.
Our mission is to create tools and environments that would allow experiential
interaction with various art forms in the digital medium. These tools are based
on current research findings in cognitive science and the use of art in
education. We know our interactive software has to be experiential, based on
emerging technologies and inexpensive to ensure global affordability and
Our first SmArt Tool kit will include slide choice juxtaposition, annotation,
transparency, rotation and flipping (horizontal & vertical) for an approximate
price of $25.
You may further enhance your basic tool program with advanced SmArt Tools such
as the talking magnifying glass, memory identification, key hole observation,
composition, 3D object manipulation, palette analysis and guided exploration.
These specialized tools will sell for approximately $15-$18 each. All of the
advanced tools will be available for purchase at a discounted price yet to be
determined. An additional price break will be given for the purchase of the
basic and advanced tools together.
Lesson plans utilizing the teaching tools will be introduced after our initial
product launch. For this we will definitely need your art curriculum ideas.
This is where we really need your advice. Please share your thoughts regarding
the following questions:
-Do you teach art using a desk top, lap top, Smart Board (interactive
whiteboard)or any other touch sensitive surface?
-If you do not use technology to teach art, will you consider doing so?
-For teaching purposes, do you have access to a desk top, lap top or Smart Board
(interactive white board)?
-Do you have a budget to buy supplies/teaching aids (including software)?
-Would you spend your own money to buy cool software to help you teach art?
-Are you comfortable with the product pricing we discussed above?
-In purchasing the software we plan on offering a rebate. Customers can either
accept it in the form of a cash rebate or customer contribution to an existing
global non profit focused on helping children gain access to the arts. Is the
non profit idea something you would choose?
-Please share with us your knowledge about connecting to other art educators
outside of PAEA?
We truly appreciate your ideas and inputs. We just found out that we missed the
NAEA conference proposal submission deadline and are so disappointed. Oh well,
we will still attend. Our website will be up and running in early September for
you to demo our products. Until then, you can visit Dr. Milekic on his website,
Please add any other thoughts/comments. Our products are good for students. To
enhance the learning experience of students, we need your input to make our
products even better. Thank you so much for your time.
Jennifer McAleese

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