I agree completely, technology can be just an expensive tool or
nuisance. Kids are always asking if they can play on the computers.
They hurry through their work in hopes of getting on a computer.
I want to slow them down and give thought to a given problem.
Here is a short list of things I have found very effective for computers
and technology. We need to work within our comfort level and to
find out where this new stuff enhances our teaching and not distract
from it. My short list:
Powerpoints about artists that I create
Powerpoints of students working in class for conferences
Powerpoint lesson plans showing students working through lesson
School Web sites to promote our programs
Web based exhibitions of student art
Web based lesson plans to share ideas
Web based field trips to prepare or review for a trip
Digital photos for my seating chart
Digital photos of students working for my displays
Digital portraits for resources in drawing
Research on art terms and artists
I'm sure others could expand on this list. I know that now I go to the
web for lots of information I used to go to the library for. I used to
phone the reference desk at the public library to find out if an artist
I was teaching around next week was dead yet. Now I do a search
Woody in KC
> I am trying to reassess my tech implementations for next year. I know that
> technology is there and increasing exponentially as far as speed, diversity
> of problems solved and we are all inundated with information. But what I want
> to know is, where do you folks think tech really enhances learning,
> especially in an art classroom. I am tired of doing token projects that
> really only mimic what can be done at least as well elsewhere. Perhaps there
> is an idea someone has tried, a program or approach recommended, or a site
> found. Thanks--you guys are great.