Web Sightings for June 2009

Here are 10 sites that caught my attention this past couple weeks:

1. Edutopia’s Digital Generation Project presents several video portraits of young students from around the U.S. who are using digital media to learn, communicate, and socialize in new and exciting ways (See  below).  There are also videos featuring Howard Gardner, Henry Jenkins, and other leaders in the field, plus related articles, resources and opportunities for educators to share their comments and experiences.
High school student Nafiza shares her experiences with technology.

2. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Teaching Copyright curriculum was created to help teachers present the laws surrounding digital rights in a balanced way.

3. CNN’s Tech enthusiast Chris Pirillo suggests 10 free online digital photography tools.

4. The new ArtsConnectEd site allows you to search over 100,000 resources in the collections of the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts using Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources, and then save, customize and present items with the Art Collector; plus comment, tag and rate everything.

5. Social Media Tools 101 presents basic information on various tools from blogs to wikis.

6. Here’s a nice slide show of an exhibition titled Reflections/Refractions currently running at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC that explores how artists have chosen to represent themselves through self-portraiture.

7. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City offers a great little Web feature on Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Shuttlecocks that gives you a behind the scene look at the creation and fabrication of the work on the 15th anniversary of its installation on the museum’s grounds.

8. Check out this recent NY Times article ithat highlights a growing practice among young contemporary artists to invent highly conceptualized art-sports as a way of breaking down walls between artist and audience. Perhaps my call for Xtreme Art Education is not so “out of bounds,” after all?

9. Are you ready for Google Wave?  Check out Mashable’s Google Wave Guide for more information. Also, see Rafe Needleman’s review on CNET.

Nike beautiful losers : make something from sneakers.fr on Vimeo.

10. Lastly, this recent posting over at Wooster Collective talks about an exciting after-school arts program called Make Something!! starting later this year in L.A. that’s sponsored by Aaron Rose with support from Nike, Kanye West, and other artists. The program’s curriculum is based on DIY principles and covers a range of artistic pursuits including painting and drawing, cinematic arts like film production and editing, and fashion and music.  The above video, which I pulled off Vimeo, presents highlights a workshop taught by Professional Skateboarder, Artist and Photographer Ed Templeton.  Looks like a great design project for the classroom! Additional videos can be seen on the Nike site.