<< 1) what's your response to the different positions that researchers and
art teachers seem to take?
I agree with the person who said that the researchers don't get far enough
away from their ivory towers to do their research or form their opinions. In
this district the art teachers were the first to embrace the computers. In
many cases however they were the last to get them. Many of the "other"
teachers were reluctant to have one in their room but not all. Thanks to the
district's efforts to make sure that every teacher had at least one computer
in his/her classroom and knew how to use it, that situation no longer exists.
I have five computers ( one is the largest in the school), two ink jet color
printers, one color laser printer, two digital cameras, one flatbed scanner, a
cd rom rewritable recorder, and an external zip drive. I have enough software
to do almost anything I want to. We can create animation with 3D Studio Max,
edit it with Adobe Premier, and record it on to a CD. We can take photos and
manipulate them with Adobe PhotoShop and print them on the laser printer. We
can create original artwork with Painter 5.0 and print with the laser printer
for quality prints. I have other software for students for whom the previously
mentioned software is too challenging. Every computer in the district is
connected to the internet so we can do all kinds of research. But then our
district spent wome powerful money several years ago and every year since.
They realize that today's students will live and work in a world filled with
even more advanced technology. We have to get them ready for that.
2) what motivates you to use ArtsEdNet, and how does this work or not
work for you? I agree. It is like a very large teacher's lounge filled with
art teachers. People who understand what you talk about. It is amazing how
quickly one can get answers to a question from what seems like zillions of
people. And discussions like the shoe issue are refreshing and informative.
Even tho there were those who took offense. Thought we should be talking about
serious art education issues. My foot pain is a serious issue!! :-)) Of
course what bothers me is hearing the reasons why the "other" teachers do not
understand our subject. THEIR OWN ART EDUCATION IS SERIOUSLY LACKING. And I
hear the reasons on this list daily. For example you will have responses from
art teachers who still only look at the computer as a word processor or a
research tool. They still do not see it as a powerful tool for creating art.
They are probably the same ones who insist on providing "monkey-see-monkey-do
activities" for their students. It probably would be difficult to provide an
"activity" in which every child is doing the same thing at the same time using
3) Any personal stories of your learning/struggling process while using
computers in your art teaching? Not all art rooms are so equiped, but I am a
persistent person. I was on the original district technology strategic
planning team and have been on every one that I could get on since then. I
also use the equipment I have. No one ever visits my room that I don't have at
least one student on a computer doing artwork or research. I took advantage of
every opportunity to learn as much as I could so that I can take care of my
technology. I have personally owned a computer of some kind for the past
twelve years. My philosophy is to be proactive not reactive.
I hope you get the results you are looking for. Sometimes when we ask research
type questions the answers are not as abundant as to other type questions.
All of the above are highly welcome. Thanks! >>