Posted on 09/25/2012 at 09:50 AM by Global Reach

The following blog come to us courtesy of Kevin Honeycut. Kevin is a technology integrationist and a staff developer from Central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art and now travels the country and the world sharing ideas with educators. His website kevinhoneycutt.org is a valued treasure house of resources for educators.

Learning and doing Possibilities - From June 19, 2012
Something interesting happens when you give people a new means of creating. The tools themselves have a voice in the look, sound and feel of the products made with them. It is inevitable that tools and their interface with the humans that use them affect the created works themselves and they always have. Eggshell tempera changed the way that artists painted, electric guitars changed the music and Web 2.0 changed the ways creators share they creations.

The Renaissance saw the emergence of the impact of new thinking and new media at the same time. The amazing explosion of creativity and learning that came as a result changed the world on a scale nobody had seen. As I look at the tools of our time the things we can create blow me away. The products of creative minds are being affected and shaped by the tools we use and these tools are powerful, flexible and versatile.

What this might mean for creators is that the depth, reach and impact of the works created will achieve a scale that has never been seen. While the potential impacts to created works are exciting to me, the flexibility and personal configurability of the creation tools offers something even more Earth shaking.

Disabilities disappear when the tool stops demanding and meets the creator where they live. The accidental benevolence of flexible, configurable tools means that anyone can create as former disabilities stop impeding personal creation.

I’m in a hurry to connect student creators with new and powerful tools.

For more information, contact Jon Wibbels at jwibbels@nwaea.org

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