As a self-taught educational technologist, I recommend
a strong philosophical, aesthetic, critical, basis
upon which to build a solid career in anything
involving technology. There are principles that can
guide you and as the technology changes, you can learn
the new technology and the principles will keep you in
good stead. Principles of good practice, aesthetics,
criticism will last much longer than technology. A
blend of philosophy and technique is best.
So the old addage teaching a person to fish is much
prefereable than giving someone a fish. So place
greater emphasis on philosophy and substance, but also
know the real world applications. The person who can
blend these two things together will never lack for
> A friend of mine teaches digital photography at a
> prep school in Little
> Rock and the students' work is really good. Her
> name is Jennifer
> Desarmeaux but she's going back to school in the
> fall to get her
http://www.episcopalcollegiate.com/academics/index.asp > click
> on the "Fine Arts Gallery" on the right.
> >>> firstname.lastname@example.org 3/2/2007 7:17:11 PM >>>
> I am thinking over the next few years of going back
> and getting a
> graduate degree. Right now I have a BFA in digital
> media. But I also
> had a strong emphasis in photography.
> The sole purpose of this degree would be to teach
> beginning digital
> classes at the college level. (web, design, photo)
> I saw this video the other day sent to me by another
> teacher....and I
> got terrified.
> http://youtube.com/watch?v=xHWTLA8WecI >
> I was in fact one of those that was prepared for a
> job that did not
> exist 10 years ago (online education).
> My sister (5 years younger) and I took our very
> first flash class
> offered at our schools at the same time. Me in
> college, her in high
> The program wasn't even created until 1996. The one
> I use everyday.
> In 5-10 years will the classes I took in college be
> at the grade
> school level? Probably.
> I know that most of my colleagues that are in "tech"
> world got there
> mostly on self study not on professors. Did we blame
> our teachers? No,
> of course not, how could you expect them to keep up
> on everything as a
> new program upgrade is released on average every 2
> I find that most colleges rely on graduate students
> to teach their
> advanced digital courses because even though they
> have no teaching
> experience they are more familiar with the digital
> I know that currently I am allowed to attend 1
> workshop a year to
> "freshen" up on things...but I know that I am
> already way
> behind.......which is so crazy!
> So my question to you is this:
> Would it make more sense to investigate an advanced
> degree to teach
> h.s. or even grade school?
> Could anyone give me some insight on the classes
> they currently offer
> at your hs and elementary schools? Or what direction
> you think it will
> move to?
> Or any general advice on how you cope with this
> "teaching for jobs
> that don't exist"?
> Thanks so much to you all!
> Jen-Cleveland, OH
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