I wrote a state education grant last year and was funded for a projector, digital cameras, two scanners, an airliner, an external hard drive, and some other assorted tech stuff. It was also written into the grant for the wiring of the projector because I wanted it mounted on the ceiling. I don't need anything else in an elementary art room to try to keep clean and dry! I use the projector a lot. I use power points frequently to introduce artists, or show examples of student work. It is especially useful if I have to be out of the classroom. I don't have a smartboard but project onto a a very large pull down screen. I have smartboad tools loaded on my computer and the airliner I use is made by smartboard. It is like a tablet that I can draw on, write notes that students can copy, draw horizon lines on paintings, etc.. I can walk anywhere in the room and still use it. It is like blind contour drawing and the students love to use it also. The sub I use has been trained in using all my "tech stuff" so if I ha
ve to be out of the classroom, I add script to powerpoints so she can ask what I might have. She is doing a lesson with kdg. on Monday showing two paintings and talking about hats. Then they are making newspaper hats. (it's "h" week in kdg). Email me off the list if you want more info. I just presented at our state art conference on op art cd tops and the folks in the audience were almost more interested in how I was "driving" my computer with the airliner! Interesting side point-my district paid for me to go to a national technology conference in Texas so I could present with our technology person but they can't pay for me to go the art conference! Hook up with who has the money!
Jeryl in SC