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ICT use in Visual Arts

Within the Visual Arts Faculty we use a variety of ICT teaching tools.  In Art History SmartBoard and PowerPoint as well as Mimio are used for the presentation of visual imagery and as a point of reference for class discussion.  Stop watch or timer animations are also used within PowerPoint as a way of controlling class discussion.  Online websites such as YouTube and internet search engines are used for artist model research and image sourcing.  Online websites that generate games are used as a valuable and effective revision tool for exams.  The Ultranet is also used to store PowerPoints and other classroom resources for easy access for student revision.

In the junior Visual Art programmes students are introduced to a new unit of work visually through the use of PowerPoint and then are required to complete individual research using the internet as a starting point.  Any relevant YouTube clips are also shown to students and can be embedded  into pages on the Ultranet.

Senior Visual Art students also benefit greatly from the use of PowerPoint as an introduction tool to units of work and hyperlinks built into these presentations allow easy access to any relevant documents or websites of interest.

Across all levels in Visual Arts the use of the Ultranet is an important place to collate the many components of current units of work such as assignments sheets and other resources used in our teaching.  This allows students easy access for re-printing in the event that they have lost their initial copy.  The Ultranet is also used for set questions in a research task, where a document with the questions typed up is loaded onto the Ultranet and students can type their individual answers directly onto this.