Hi! I posted this to Art Educators listserve as well. I am sorry for the duplication but wanted to make sure everyone is aware of this opportunity!
While I???ve not posted in a long while I have tried to keep up with the issues and threads. It has been a busy year in my Art room and I would like to share the reason with you. The information, I hope, will truly benefit many, many of you.
Last year at this time I was still tied to my overhead and slide projector if I wanted to share information with the students, I had to make transparencies or create color table copies for groups. I envied those of you who created Power Points and especially those of you who had the tools to let your students use the computer for art.
Thanks to the inspiration of a fellow Art teacher on our curriculum committee, I took a chance and applied for the Best Buy grant for $2,500. The students in the Art room could certainly benefit from a laptop and DLP projector as well as digital cameras. I was amazed at the short, straightforward application. The on-line format was a breeze. Included in the application was an additional question that allowed me to dream. It was fun to peruse the Best Buy web site and plan the answer to the question, ???What would I do with $15,000 that would benefit all the students in the school????
In January I was notified that not only did I receive the $2,500, but our school was one of 30 across the United States to receive the $15,000!!!
We now have what I term a Great CRATE that includes 6 laptops, 6 digital cameras, 6 digital audio recorders, 2 video recorders and all the trimmings. We use them for interdisciplinary, Art based projects. Classroom teachers- after training ??? are allowed to borrow my babies- uh, CRATE- and coordinate lessons with the Arts.
It???s been an exciting semester and I can???t wait to implement units next year using this technology.
Please take advantage of this opportunity! The people at Best Buy have been wonderful and really want teachers to apply. I am thrilled that it is a technology grant that recognizes the importance of the Arts!