Technology in the Visual Arts

Examples from a high school classroom in Maine.

Student Critiques, Self Reflection
Blogging and Commenting on Blogs : WHSArt Blog and the YHSArt Blog
Voicethread : Ceramics Critique, Digital Imaging Critique
Noteshare : portfolio of process and final products as well as notes for medium, history, etc. (examples on laptop)

Exhibition / Sharing Student Products with the larger community
Digital Portfolios: documentation for students applying to art schools (examples on laptop)
Class gallery pages on the WHS Art Department Website : Photo 1; Ceramics ; Digital Imaging; Event - Holiday Gallery of the Arts
Video of visiting artistsworking with the students in class
Sharing about their high school : Voicethread of WHS
Rotoball collaborative project in animation.

Technology for history projects
Podcast : alternative to powerpoint presentation, done in Garageband (View in iTunes - not posted here)
Wikispaces : Small group history projects on various cultures and their history of ceramics
PortaPortal : Research links for kids to get them started
Google Doc : Presentation which can be shared, edited, published and embedded in another web page.

24hr Access to Course materials
Course documents on line : Syllabus, handouts, product descriptors, handouts
Posting slideshow from class for review of material to the Workspace in First Class (no public access) ie:Intro to Photo and History of Photo
Voicethread as teaching tool:Elements & Principles Vth
WebQuest :Propaganda example
Post a screencast of "how-to" do something - particularly helpful in Digital Imaging

Digital Forms of Art
Digital Photography (still image capture): shooting with a camera, a cell phone, or using a scanner
Digital Image Manipulation from photo starting point
Graphic Design; vector or bitmap based artwork, with or without text
Digital Video / Film course
Animation (digital photo stills, drawn/photographed or scanned frames, digital graphics)

Links to tools / sites / programs
download free, mostly open source, cross platform (windows, mac or linux) programs
Inkscape : Vector art drawing/graphics tool (along the lines of Illustrator) Much easier interface than Gimp
Gimp : image manipulation software (along the lines of Photoshop, or so it says) Not an easy transition if you have used Photoshop
Sketchup : 3-d modeling software
Scratch : although not it's primary purpose, can be used for creating animations
Blender : 3-d modeling and animation software
jing: screencasting tool (up to 5 min each) [snapz pro is alternative tool with more options $69 for mac only]
Screencast-o-matic : screencasting tool - records directly to online storage, and hosts the screencasts free

On the Mac:
iPhoto : photo storage, organization, and editing tool; plus slideshow & export options
iMovie : video and animations from stills
GarageBand : for making podcasts
Keynote / Powerpoint : for making slide shows - possible to embed video or audio as well as stils and text Pencil tool helpful

online tools
Picnik: photo editing online; free (premium options if you want); works with pics in photobucket, flickr, picasa, myspace, facebook, etc
Photoshop Express : photo editing; free; store up to 2Gb of pictures on the site (backup);
Flickr: photo sharing, ability to leave comments, area specific notes on images if kids have an account *free for limited number of pictures uploaded/month, $25/yr unlimited uploads Great for a class photosharing site.
Voicethread : Share stills or video in "slide show" format; ability for others to leave audio, text or video comments; pencil tool to mark on image. Ability for teacher to have FREE pro account, plus make as many different "icons" or avatars as needed for students -only one account, one login, comment moderation, uploading of audio comments . . . great tool
Google Reader (or other RSS agregator) and iGoogle page or Netvibes : online, free, and a great way to keep track of student online work in something like a wiki or blogging. RSS the student site and the new posts will come to you - easy to keep track of and easy to adress issues promptly if and when they come up.
Wikispaces: one of several Wiki tools available for free. Some may have an education version with no ads for free - not sure.
Slideshare : allows you to easily upload a powerpoint to embed in a blog or wiki or website

Individual PD Resources for Teachers
K12Online Conference : 06 and 07 sessions are online in audio and/or video mode for viewing. Look for 08 this fall!
OpenPD Wiki : series of class sessions available to learn some basic technology tools
EdTechTalk : webcasting sessions talking about using technology in education - by teachers and tech integrators in US and Canada
Second Life: PD events in there all the time, particularly from ISTE and the Discovery Educator's Network (join, download, get someone with some experience to show you around - it'll make all the difference if you don't have experience in a multi-user virtual environment)
Twitter : yes, it's microblogging, but it brings a ton of great information to your doorstep
Classroom20.ning : social networking tool - really a professional networking tool - fostering community and conversations among teachers around the world with the focus of connecting teachers and kids through content creation and discussion.
Classroom20wiki : Wiki with professional development information for all the web2.0 tools - also listed by content area
Art Specific :
Arted20.ning: Another professional networking site with a focus on art teachers using the web2.0 tools effectively and connecting to each other globally
Bert Monroy tutorials in Photoshop and Illustrator (take the concepts and use with other tools) Prepare to be impressed!