Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Week 5 Podcasts


Blog Post:What challenges and potential benefits can you see in utilizing podcasting technology in the classroom? Although we often use podcasts to convey information to our students, what are the benefits of having students develop their own podcasts? How can you incorporate the concept of long term studentpodcasting in your curriculum (students recording a series of podcasts over the course of a semester)?
My biggest challenge with every aspect of technology is the time consumption. Teaching art is all about preparation of materials, studio maintenance, organization of materials, oodles of hours researching, demonstrations, keeping up with new techniques, preparing supplies and beating the clock when you teach a subject that requires processing time, clean up and experimentation.There isn't enough time during the day to actually ever catch up because my classes should be double the time we have to work. I have found that technology conflicts with my hands on studio process because we are a small department and I usually have 4 preps. Taking this tech course, I am flabbergasted by the amount of technology available for the classroom, as well as mesmerized by the possibilities. Ultimately I get stressed out because there is so much to embrace. I have found that sitting at a computer for hours puts me in a shell shocked state and I am a zombie afterward. I truly hate what it does to my body and my mind. Creating the podcast was okay after I accepted how I sounded on the recording with my south side accent, but then I wondered if students would listen to it without a visual component. 
I resent that it takes me away from my craft, as well as from my own philosophy that the digital world is actually doing a disservice to our children. I think it inhibits creativity, fosters attention deficit, shuts kids down and creates virtual worlds that aren't healthy. My greatest joy is to watch students delve into their artistic process and create something with their own hands that they are proud of and came from their own resources. We use technology to research, document, present, etc.. but ultimately the goal is to create something personal, inventive and engaging. I probably will not being using podcasting in my classes because it doesn't fit with our priorities-It would take up precious time we need to create. Thanks for bearing with me during my mini rant.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your honest comments.

    To a similar degree, I also struggle with technology, while I use it everyday. At the same time, I try to remember that this the world our kids are growing up in. They're born breathing smart phones, smart pads, and all those other smart things. (My three-year-old niece actually got a ipad last Christmas, and it blows my mind that she's learning how to color without actual pencils or paper.) To this generation, creating an ipad picture or podcast is considered creative.

    There's also a lot of great podcasts out there that talk about art. NPR frequently interviews artists who talk about their work, and next month, in class, I'm actually going to play a podcast from the British Museum that describes and analyzes a Mughal miniature. While students listen to the narrator, they'll look at the miniature and analyze it themselves. So, instead of me doing a "think aloud" where I explain my process of looking and understanding art, a professional curator will do it. Do you think something an artists' "think aloud" of the process of creating art could benefit your students?

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