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Re: Teachers are reluctanct to change?

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Maggie White (mwhite)
Sat, 28 Nov 1998 18:52:24 -0800

Liyan Wang wrote:

> 1) what's your response to the different positions that researchers and
> art teachers seem to take?

I don't know that it's an unwillingness to change; I just haven't been exposed
to what computers are supposed to be able to do in the art room. There are many
computers in the school, and a huge amount of money is spent each year on upgrades (a
huge waste of money and resources, IMO); however, this school
year I just got my first classroom computer, to use for attendance and grades. I
also do some word-processing and there is Internet access, but it's extremely slow
since everyone else is logged on at the same time.

> 2) what motivates you to use ArtsEdNet, and how does this work or not
> work for you?

This group has been a godsend! Before, I felt so isolated, with no one to talk
to about curriculum problems or successes. Now I feel so much more in touch with
what's happening Out There (living on a reservation isolates you even more).

> 3) Any personal stories of your learning/struggling process while using
> computers in your art teaching?

I'm frankly not all that interested in learning those painting programs or whatever
they are that are sometimes discussed here. Since I'm the only art teacher in the
school, I feel obligated to teach the students the hands-on basics. Very few of our
students go on to college, much less art school; however, many of them continue to
draw or paint in adulthood.