Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Profile: Keith Rosko, Art Teacher, Chenango Forks High School, Binghamton, NY

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Profile: Keith Rosko, Art Teacher, Chenango Forks High School, Binghamton, NY

Article excerpt

>> THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE

We are a rural district with three schools located on one campus. I teach two technology-based courses, Computer Art and Video Production. In Computer Art, we focus on basic Photoshop applications. We also have the option for students to take seminar independent studies, where they can dabble more in Adobe Illustrator or some of the other programs. Video Production is a course in filmmaking in which the students do everything digitally, using either iMovie or Adobe Premiere. We've had camcorders, flip cam eras, and what I'm really psyched about is that I just ordered two iPad 2s for next year. My kids are going to have everything they need to be a mobile film studio.

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>> SEEING THE LIGHT

I have a bachelor's degree in art education and a master's in illustration, so I'm very traditionally based. When I came on board here I handled the two-dimensional courses--drawing, painting, illustration. It was 11 years ago that I got my first computer, and I swore I would never use the stinkin' thing. For the first year, out of sheer belligerence I did nothing but put sticky notes on it--I didn't even turn it on. The next year, I was handed the Computer Art course, and it was baptism by fire. I had to learn everything over the summer so that I could teach the course. Immediately I fell in love with it. I saw what the Adobe suite of products was capable of and I realized I could not only do the same things I could do with traditional media, but I could take it to a new level. I could teach some really involved critical thinking skills that was more exciting than [teaching] with traditional pencil and paper.

>> THE STUDENT AS COLLABORATOR

One of the things that I was forced to do, which I think has revitalized my career, is to give up control in the classroom. Particularly as a 45-year-old teacher, you can't teach technology without allowing the students to collaborate on how information is being presented and how they're going to utilize the technology. I had to give them some leeway in teaching me what's useful and what's not. I've looked to students for guidance, and it's always been very exciting.

>> OVERCOMING FEAR

In addition to my classes I run the Enhancing Education Through Technology grant here, serve on the high school technology committee, have served on the district technology committee, and work as a peer technology trainer at all levels. …

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