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The governors and their CEO guests were divided into 12 groups on
Wednesday morning and rotated through each of the 11 technology
demonstration areas, spending approximately 10-15 minutes at each site.
We also presented to approximately 40 media people on Tuesday morning a
which included major press and television outlets (ranging from CNN and
ABC to Education Week, Reuters, etc.).
As part of the ARTSEDGE presentation, we used our allotted 7 minutes
to focus on three key points: 1) the arts are core subject areas that are
essential in the total curriculum, 2) technology provides an excellent
tool and resource to help teachers and students understand how the arts
integrate with basic teaching and learning concepts, and 3) arts
education is most effective when parents participate with students and
teachers in the dynamic cultural life of the community (we were part of
the School/Home/Community focus area at the Summit).
The governors and CEOs responded positively to our presentation and had
some good questions regarding the use and availability of
Internet-based arts resources, as well as their integration with other
subject areas. Many of the governors were interested in what is
currently available as online resources in the arts in their state. Now
would be a good time for state and local arts organizations to contact
their offices to remind them of what they are doing on behalf of arts
education related to state standards and technology-based resources.
Although, because this is an election year, this was not the best time to
achieve major impact with this type of Summit, I believe those of us in
the technology area did bring some important issues to the governors'
attention, and in our case, made them aware that the arts indeed are
essential to the education of every child -- and there are substantatve
programs and resources available to move arts education forward in every