Jeff- hope this answers some of your questions. Thank you for inquiring and for your invaluable input...jen
the software should run on Mac OS 8.5-9.x and also Mac OS X, Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP;
- general purpose tools (SmArt Tools) would allow teaching (ideally with a computer projector, even better with the SmartBoard) of any aspect of Art Education, from Art History, Cultural Art, to Elements and Principles of Design.. you can think of these tools as PowerPoint designed specifically for Art Education. Thus, it is mostly a teacher's tool, designed to allow an art teacher to deliver sophisticated lesson plans on any topic... the software comes with an example lesson plan that illustrates its potential uses;
- specialized tools would allow an art teacher to create interactive, exploratory environments for students. An example is a 'context sensitive magnifying glass' -- it would allow close inspection (using a magnifying glass) of any (digitized) work of art and, depending on the detail being examined, will deliver either a voice commentary (recorded by the teacher), or explanatory text. Possible use would include creating a hands-on exercise, where students examine by themselves different works of art and, based on their own exploration, have to write an essay, answer specific questions, etc.
- the software is compatible with National/State Art Standards as long as lesson plans and interactive exercises are designed (by the art teacher) with these standards in mind