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Re: [teacherartexchange] Using Technology in Art


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 27 2006 - 14:57:47 PDT

This sounds really cool (kewl). I think you have a very good idea. I teach art
education methods courses and I think my students would find this very

thanks for sharing...Please come to Texas and exhibit your product at our fall
conference! It is in Ft. Worth this year.



Dr. Diane C. Gregory
> Hi Everyone - thank you in advance for your guidance.  We really need your
> input!
> 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
> accessibility.
> 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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