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Stories in Art - Eldon Katter's Choices

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J. Pease (jpease)
Wed, 5 Mar 1997 09:06:19 -0800

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Considering Eldon Katter's questions concerning the best way to present
"Stories in Art", I will take a stab at suggesting what might be most
usuable by teachers with not much technical back-up. Some teachers today
have great technological capabilities with computers, CD-Roms, etc. but in
my experience most teachers just don't have facilities like that - even
getting a slide projector becomes a major ordeal for some classroom
teachers, whose school has but one projector available.

I think that "Stories in Art" would be best published as a teacher
resource/reference binder. That way teachers at any level would be able to
adapt it to their own grade level and needs. I think the idea of
reproducible components, i.e. the worksheets, is indispensible. The icons
might be best presented as medium-sized posters that are laminated for
longer use, and I would suggest postcard-sized images for an entire
classroom as the best method for getting images into student hands or
overhead transparencies. In my experience, overhead transparencies do not
have the color quality or clarity that slides do, but more teachers have
access to overhead projectors than they do to slide projectors. Thus, if
it would not be cost-effective to produce postcard-sized images for
students to hold in their hands, I would suggest transparencies. Thanks
for bringing up these questions, Eldon, as I would like to see Mary
Erickson's ideas become more available to teachers and not just those few
who use ArtsEdNet!

Jill Pease
Program Specialist
California Consortium for Arts Education

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