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Re: [teacherartexchange] what levels of digital technology will we be teaching in 10 years?!

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 25 2007 - 11:28:16 PDT


I took a course last summer sponsored by Intel, which enabled me to become a
master teacher in technology integration. I now teach this course to
classroom teachers. Many teachers today are feeling overwhelmed by the idea
of having to learn more and feel it is just "one more thing" they have to
do. The course uses basic software: Powerpoint and Publisher and how to
easily integrate technology into the existing curriculum. My district has
applied for a technology rich classroom grant, and if we receive the grant I
will become the technology integration specialist, which makes me very
excited! Having visited several TRC (technology rich classrooms) schools,
and seeing the total engagement of students in their learning process, I
feel that we are doing our students an injustice of not integrating
available technology.

Students today are "technology natives", while we adults struggle to keep
up. In my web page design class I have a student who wants to learn Flash. I
have an older version and loaded it on his school computer (the one he uses
for my class). I have a variety of resources for Flash, and made a deal with
my student. I told him I would give him the necessary class time to teach
himself if he would teach me what he learned. There is so much software out
there that it is impossible to keep up. I have been interested in video
editing - I have 6-8 different editing software that I am exploring the
differences in. I think it is ok to teach the students how to learn - I
don't have to know it all, I just have to be willing to help my students
grow and to find resources for them if I can't help them.

I recently read the comment that schools are getting better about supplying
technology, but that they are lacking the means for students to be creative.
This is where we art teachers are going to become necessary. Students may be
learning how to create a powerpoint, but lack the skills to make it look
"good". Students need to be able to take existing technology as a tool. For
my digital communications class I purchased Comic Book Creator to help
integrate writing into my curriculum, as well as a software to enable
students to create their own ringtones & wallpapers for their phones. I
don't know yet how these programs will work in my classroom yet, but you
have to be willing to start somewhere!
~Michal
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids

Don't argue with stupid people.
They will bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

> The biggest challenge is to determine how to integrate
> technology effectively into the art classroom and into
> the art curriculum. The mindless use of technology is
> not the right way.
>
> There are ways to stimulate higher order thinking
> using technology, but many of the professional
> development training available focuses just on how to
> use the software, rather than on how to integrate it
> into the classroom.

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