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Re: [teacherartexchange] Art Ed. Digital Technologies course


From: Michal Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Sep 19 2010 - 15:33:55 PDT

Hardware: Beginning with basic troubleshooting (it amazes me how often
I am called to a classroom to "fix" a computer that only requires a
simple restart!) including how to connect different equipment up to
the computer. Being creative on using document cameras, projectors,
digital camera and video camera to create lessons. Be sure to include
how to get those digital images off of the cameras and onto the
computer. Teachers won't use it if it doesn't work the first time!

Software: How to choose Web2.0 products to go beyond the typical
software installed on computers. Google Sketch-Up, Google Voice (talk
about some cool field trips you could have using this with cell
phones!!!), blogging (my juniors & seniors blog everyday - the
classroom discussions held on these private blogs sometimes blow me
away with the depth of their comments), comic creators, glogster, poll
everywhere, podcasting, vodcasting, screen capturing such as CamStudio
or Jing, Video creation, photoshop, podcasts, stop motion, Prezi.

In my district, as the Technology Integration Specialist (in small
districts, the longer you teach the more hats you wear) I am pushing
my teachers to get the technology into the hands of the students,
rather than just being in the hands of the teachers. Students learn so
much more when they are creating rather than just watching the teacher
present a powerpoint, or worse, using the interactive whiteboards to
tap their way through their powerpoints. Have your teachers create an
example of what an "A" project would look like, rather than have them
create a lesson. Any Intel Master Teacher (are there any others on
this list?) will attest that this is the push in technology
integration right now.

This site ( has got to
be my favorite site in the world for showing creatively how to tell a
simple story in over 50 ways digitally. I've thought it would be
interesting to take this concept somehow & apply it to my art
classroom. Love to hear if anyone has any ideas! Don't forget to
remind your teachers that it is OK if they are not the smartest people
in the classroom on the subject - many of my classroom teachers
struggle when a student knows more about technology than they do so
they quit using it.

Can't wait to see what you come up with - I might borrow parts of it
for our next inservice! :)

On Sep 19, 2010, at 4:38 PM, Harold Olejarz wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been asked to put together an Art Education Digital
> Technologies course for pre-service teachers. I have lots of ideas
> about what to do but was wondering what list members thought so...
> What do you think future art teachers need to know about and be able
> to do with digital technologies?
> This will be a hands-on learning course in which students will be
> introduced to a "technology" and then create a project that they would
> use in their class.
> Thanks in advance for your response and I will post my outline when
> it is done.
> Harold
> Harold Olejarz
> Google Certified Teacher
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