Online communication encourages self creation, as thousands of tapping fingers produce a maddening noise.
Finding ways to introduce new media and new media aesthetics in the arts classroom can be a challenge, especially if you have limited computers, software and/or lab time. Following are a few ideas to get kids thinking about new media art and using tools to create.
This site is now running on Joomla 1.5 Stable with the design rebuilt as 1.5 native template. This is a major rewrite of this powerful opensource CMS. I have been using it for a few years for variety of sites including massarted.org, a portal for the Massachusetts College of Art + Design’s Art Education Department and thenoise-boston.com, a music zine that’s been covering the Boston music scene for more than 25 years!(and the web for more than 10).
I am also rebuilding the rockopera.com site with Joomla. Even though the company remains dormant, there’s some news to report and plenty of archival stuff I’d like to get back online. Look for more additions later this spring.
You can now join me at Linked In. I’m just getting around to joining this professional networking site and have already found a few colleagues and old friends.
I am interested in discovering ways to constructively use new media in education, both in the classroom, and as a communication tool for educators. My thesis, Reflections in the Screen, explored new media’s role in the classroom and examined the virtual worlds of the graphical interface and ways it has become integrated into our visual literacy. In addition, I believe, it is also fundamentally changing the way we learn and remember.
Some of my older research and coursepages are located at
10 week Syllabus
Overview of weekly progress for an informal hands-on mural designing and painting class.
Web Design with kids: I have been teaching basic web design and computer art to Somerville middle school students through a 21st Century Schools grant. The course covers coding and using a web editor along with creating original art using limited resources. Because we have little useful software, we use web resources to create a lot of our web art. A course homepage gives the students a starting point with lots of great links, and reminds them of their weekly projects. The student’s website projects are kept on a school server, behind a firewall.
Social Networking, tagging and feeds, oh my
The Internet has created instant access to a staggering array of information and experiences. From this, a culture of Internet collectors has emerged (of links, downloads, friends, virtual currency in online worlds). An interesting example of a collaborative weblinking site is del.icio.us. I have been using it to store and tag my web finds since early 2004. Users create a web-based links account and tag links however they choose. Over time, a pattern of interests (yours and others) will emerge. One can easily make RSS feeds from tags and serve the links on other web pages or share with other del.icio.us members. I have not been exploring the social aspects of this site much, but find the community to be an excellent resource for information on a wide range of topics.