Thanks Diane for your input and suggestion to come to Texas. We will keep you posted when we introduce the software. jen
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From: "Diane C. Gregory" <email@example.com>
> 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
> Quoting firstname.lastname@example.org:
> > 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,
> > www.uarts.edu/faculty/smilekic.
> > 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
> > email@example.com
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