Saturday, March 23, 2013

being online

Talk about Being Online in this Sakai Discussion Forum. Explore and participate in Art Education 2.0,, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. Describe some of the interesting content, people, or groups you found in any of these online networks. What makes this/these content, people, or groups interesting? Tell us specifically about some of the things that people are sharing in these groups (give a couple concrete examples). Is a group on art ed 2.0 that adds another element to the their student projects by posted their finished works online. Students around the globe can then take part in their projects virtually but also comment, share their projects on the other side of the globe. The most fascinating idea is that with any traditional work of art it is generally fixed to a wall somewhere, the site allows for these student created and conceived works to travel to other students and around the globe.
Then discuss the potential of these global online networks to enhance your creative thinking and professional development. This animation clip is wonderful in that it explains visually and in a traditional narrative the history and future of animation. As an important and diverse element of visual culture animation is now reaching a point where its visual potential is limitless. The clip was presented by animation teachers for students and fans of animation. By presenting the past, and present in traditional and computer animation students are challenged to push the medium allow it reach new levels. A simple textbook article or slide show could never have conveyed what this tiny clip has, so in effect it greatly benefits from the internet, computer based editing programs, and the general formating that social media sites have embraced. The potential to visually and equally simply teach other aspects of history or techniques is of course exciting and implied by the film.
How might these networks be of value to you and to your current or future students in your practice as an art educator? Is a site that advertises scholarships grants fellowships and work oppurtunities. Many other similar sites exist and can first and foremost allow students to become professionals through a variety of programs, profiles, and cold cash. The bleak economics of the art field make it important that students and artists have as much information as they can about what financial resources are out there be it job or grant listings. Getting attention such sites might as well land someone a job or give a nice gem for the resume. The site also often showcases images of student works adding another incentive to the students producing the art projects.

Briefly describe a possible lesson or project inspired by something you found in one of the groups in any of your online professional networks this week.
From the Rock and the River (imaging ancient pueblo life) Using the Crow Canyon website students will explore the history and culture of the American Southwest in specific the four corners region. First students can visit the education section of the site and answer a few basic questions to determine that they visited the page and by way of introduction to the site.
Next students will click on the student resources link. again answering a few questions from the page. Under the Castle rock section students should then follow the link that reads lesson plans.
then imagining that the class is of 4th graders click on the 4th grade link.
Then click on the wood canyon link
A brief slide show animation will follow then students will be invited to click on the link in the ruin window.
This takes students to the final page. It attempts to imagine life in an ancient pueblo then contrasts it with current pueblos or post contact pueblos. The lesson is then two fold the research and questions gained by surfing the site and then producing a drawing of a pueblo. Things to consider what would you make the building out of and why? How would you arrange you living space? How did the ancient pueblo people arrange their homes (sacred spaces astronomy windows etc..)
The big goal would be to emphasize the limits of place and environment and how we live completely dependent ofn technology. Further to try and get students to think in terms of sustainabilty and dependence on your natural environment. I can think of no better example then desert people squeezing out an existence with tiny amounts of water, no electricity, metalurgy, or animal husbandry. You could take the lesson further and get kids to imagine trying to live on the moon underwater all would emphasize the same idea of living in balance with you environment. A further example might be to bring Arco Santi and similar projects to get kids thinking about why we live the way we do and should we?

Finally, what does it mean to you to be online, globally connected, and basically sharing and collaborating with strangers?  What are the benefits and challenges of being online and globally connected?
I think a challenge is to remain connected to the folks in your neighborhood increasingly I know people that chat with folks around the world but don't know their next door neighbor. There needs to be a balance between social media, it shouldn't be that protable devices are attached at birth and texting is easier for folks then speaking to one another. The impression that we are in fact conncected is of course illusory this is problamatic. I was getting to know a young musician in Algeria just as all hell broke loose over there. The fact that you can chat with someone in a warzone is interesting but it isn't that I can hide him if the troops come knocking or in anyway really help him if he needed. We need to remember that about virtual relations.
Clip featuring Oussama Becissa on Ud
The fact though that I see his music clips as quickly as he sees mine the instant gratification that the internet presents is wonderful. Years ago I would chat with other artists on Deviant Art and talk about a painting but also show my studio and each chance to the work. Now with iphones video clips of artists producing works are all over the place this adds a communal nature to the once solotary work of producing art. It also always students to learn techniques see them performed versus having to hear about them or imagine them.

Last, share your official Facebook name, Twitter name, Flickr Name, and name so we can search for you and friend you in these social media sites. Be sure to do this so we can all friend and follow each other in these sites.

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The readings this lesson describe how race, ethnicity, culture, and creative expressions are intertwined with and impacted by globalization (international commerce, travel, migration, and the creation of glocal creative and cultural practices). In about 250-300 words, describe how your own creative and cultural identities and practices have been shaped by globalization. How are your family traditions and practices interrelated with your multi-layered identities? In other words, how does who you are shape what you do? You may use some of the same personal insights you included in the Personal Reflection section of your Reading Review for this post

I grew on the gulf coast of Florida and feel I am a southerner. I have spent most of my life however, in the Southwest. Culturally I play the music of the Mississippi delta and cook the food of the gulf often.
My parents were both from Brooklyn of Puerto Rican descent though born and raised in the states.They loved Hollywood and the Beatles and did little that was Latin. They spoke English first and gave their kids Anglo/Biblical names. My father raised us as baptist my mother remained catholic. My father remarryied a southern woman of Sicilian descent and the family mix got even more diverse.
I began traveling to Europe and later worked for a French family and was emersed in European cooking and culture. Later I went and lived in Italy and eventually married a Swiss woman. German is now the only other language I am fluent in. It makes my wife feel she is home when I have made her one of her mothers dishes, speak to her in Swiss German and know why she does all the little cultural things that she has to do. I learned her culture as my own and have ingested large amounts of continental matter in the process. More than ten years on I feel that Switzerland is also kind of my home. While living there I carved a pumpkin every year, and always had a huge Thanksgiving feast and was the local blues missionary. So in a sense I realized I was American for the first time overseas. I am completely a product of globalization without some margin of it I would not be able to have a foreign wife or have lived in her country. I think sharing all of these perspective simultaneously is globalization in a nutshell.

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