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Thing 8

Which of these tools intrigues you and why? Was it easy, frustrating, time-consuming, fun? Share some of your ideas for using the images you can create.

An interesting toy (or toys). Do these enhance learning? Maybe if the class is graphic design, but c'mon, really. Students get caught up in the damn title page and spend half an hour on their font when the actual content is what really needs the work. It isn't that I'm totally opposed to this stuff, it has it's place, but how do mash-ups enable students to master algebra, or the Abolition movement, or misplaced modifiers? I know no one is claiming that these will, but its the steady accretion of this little tool and that feature that appear to place a wedge between print culture and image culture. Again, these are not the end of Western civ., just the bells and whistles that distract us as the gates begin to crumble.

As far as this image goes, I used to monkey around in a darkroom, back at OCC--shout out to Rob Kangas--and I sometimes applied the developer with a brush rather than setting the paper in the developer pan. This would allow for missing parts of the image and sloppy edges, much like what is displayed here.


JSB said…
I had to just laugh and agree! I pictured my students changing the font and word art a hundred times before getting to the damn writing assignment. The down side of Web 2.0! JACST

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