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[teacherartexchange] State Fall Conferences

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From: Kevan Nitzberg (knitzber_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 08 2008 - 04:08:33 PDT


Media Madness Rules at AEM Fall Conference
November 7-8 at St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN.

Make your plans now to attend this fall's AEM conference! Keynoting for our
Media Madness theme are two amazing art educators, Jason Ohler (Friday) and
Cris Guenter (Saturday). Dr. Jason Ohler is a speaker, author, teacher,
researcher, and lifelong digital humanist who is well known for the passion,
insight, and humor he brings to his presentations, projects and writings. He
combines 25 years of experience in the educational technology field with an
eye for the future, connecting with people where they are and helping them
understand how they can impact living, learning, and working in the
digital age in ways that support their vision for the future. He has been an
online teacher and researcher since the early 1980s. He had served 1000
online students and conducted one of the first case studies of online
community before the Internet was a desktop tool. Although he is called a
futurist, Jason considers himself a 'nowist', working nationally and
internationally to help educators and the public use today's tools to create
living environments that they are proud to call home. Jason continues to
enjoy working directly with teachers and students in K-12 classrooms, both
online and onsite, joining them in their quest to use digital tools to
explore ideas, create learning communities and tell stories. He is author of
numerous articles, books, and teacher resources
(www.jasonohler.com/storytelling), all of which are devoted to digital
humanism - the quest to live humanly in a digitally deluged world. He is a
champion of "art the 4th R," an approach to art literacy that highlights the
importance of artistic vision and accomplishment in the digital age. First
and foremost Jason is a storyteller, telling tales of the future that are
grounded in the past. He clearly loves what he does, and loves sharing what
he knows with others. "The goal is the effective, creative, and wise use of
technology...to bring together technology, community, and learning in ways
that work. And while we are at it, to have fun."

Cris Guenter is a professor of Education at California State University,
Chico and was the 2008 NAEA Art Educator of the Year. She specializes in
teaching that focuses upon arts education, computer graphics and technology
in education, creativity across the curriculum, and interdisciplinary
education. Her research interests include technology's intersection with the
arts, the creative process, assessment and electronic portfolios, and online
rural/distance education.

"Teaching... Art... Technology... These three areas make for an extremely
interesting and ever-changing intersection of exploration, study, and
action. Growing up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania with the rugged hills
of the Seneca Highlands and virgin timber stands of the Allegheny National
Forest nature has always inspired me and taught me. Line, color, shape, and
composition that surround us daily influence the images that I create.
Nature is a powerful presence. Its ability to cause us to wonder, to
question, and to relax, are ongoing threads in my work."

Numerous breakout sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn
new skills not only with technology but also with other classroom themes.
Optional off-site tours will offer a chance to learn about the St. Johns'
Bible, an amazing mix of class art and technology, as well as the
opportunity to work with granite, the namesake of the "Granite City". There
will also be a chance to meet and share with other teachers, as well as
update with your Regional Arts Council leaders. Friday night events include
the opening reception of the Flora, Fauna, & Everything Great about
Minnesota AEM members and regional artists juried show. Hands-on arts with
St. Cloud area artists will be offered Friday night at the historic
Paramount Theatre and arts center. All in all, November 7-8 look to be a
great opportunity to work, learn and have a great time with your colleagues
from around the state. Check the AEM web site for more information at
www.aem-mn.org. Mark your calendars now!

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