For nearly three decades now, I’ve been exploring ways of using new technologies to support, enhance and transform teaching and learning in the art classroom. This pursuit has led me at different times to focus on the World Wide Web, videoconferencing, MUVEs, e-mail, instant messaging and listservs to deliver art instruction at a distance and to promote collaborative learning in and between art classrooms. The culmination of this work was the publication of my textbook titled The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet, published by Davis Publications in 2005.
My current research revolves around the use of social media, and in particular a social network called Art Education 2.0 (arted20.ning.com) that I started in 2007 to connect art classrooms around the globe and provide ways for art teachers and students in different geographical locations to work together on shared artistic and educational goals. In five years, this network has grown to over 12,000 members and has become the preeminent online site for art teachers seeking innovative classroom ideas, useful curriculum resources and professional dialogue.
More recently, I spearheaded the development and implementation of an Online MA program in Art Education at the University of Florida that currently services nearly 100 art educators nationally, and internationally. This program has completely transformed the way we approach graduate studies in art education at the University of Florida and has significantly elevated the status of our program within the university and region.
From 2006 to 2010, I wrote a monthly column focusing on technology use in the art classroom for SchoolArts Magazine. Other publications related to my research include ‘Preparing Art Teachers to Teach in a New Digital Landscape’ in the January 2010 issue of Art Education journal. and a chapter titled Distance Learning and Art Education in the National Art Education Association publication New Technologies in Art Education (1997). In 2007, I received a Scholarship of Engagement Award for the UF College of Education for contributions to the field of art education and beyond. In 2004 I was selected at the UF College of Fine Arts’ Teacher of the Year and in 1997 I received a Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Art Education Association.