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Re: Computers In Art Room/Bunki and Ken

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Sandra Evans (evans.edu)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 15:08:28 -0500 (CDT)


Bunki - I love my classes, but at times a real strain when dealing with
harmones, eye rolls, etc. The kids take all this tech stuff so lightly
(or try too, but they really get involved -- we need more for them).
Which, by the way, Ken, is how I got the grant. The state of LA. received
a settlement from the gov. over a battle of oil rights -- the settlement
went into f und called "8G" for grant money for education (it's still a
major battle to keep the money allocated for education). I started with a
little Apple IIe in my art room and the kids battled for it (this was 4/5
years ago). In 1993, I said "enuff! - time to take school out of the dark
ages" and literally challenged the state. As art teachers, we're always
justifying our curriculum and that is exactly how I wrote the grant --
with the focus that computers should be used for creative learning -- not
for rote. The state bought into it and funded the project. We have been
trying to get the program into the high schools, but budgets are being
played with in this political climate and the powers that be have not
seen fit to fund it for high school. A real crime, since the students are
begging for more -- but who listens to students, much less teachers? Russ
Roper, the high school partner in crime, and I are still researching and
looking for additional funding sources -- a full time job. By the time we
get it or if we get it my lab will probably be outdated -- almost that
now. Louisiana State University has partnered with us and added computers
and the online service (which I am now using) to assist with the
program. It pays to have the local university in the same area -- you
may want to check that resource first. Good luck - it's a program worth
the time and effort - be glad to share and info I have.
Sandra Evans
evans.edu