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Re: Dinosaur Illustrations
While we're on the subject of dinosaur illustrations, I'd like to make
another appeal to any artists out there to put out some print and/or
digitized clip art for educational use. Imagine how effective a class
assignment like this would be:
Objective: Student will produce a computer project about how a dinosaur
becomes a fossil.
This can be done with anything from KidPix to HyperStudio, HyperCard or
Amazing Animation. The student looks up the information in a book. Then
she imports a black and white line-drawing of a T.rex. While the child
colors the drawing, she subliminally learns that the T. rex back is held
nearly horizontally with the tail well off the ground.
Next the child imports a picture of the T. rex drowning and colors it.
Then a picture of the dinosaur being covered with mud; the flesh
decaying; the mud being washed away so that maybe only part of the tail
is exposed; paleontologists discovering it; paleontologists excavating
it; paleontologists wrapping the discovery in plaster; etc. etc.
An assignment like this requires the kids to read, put a series of steps
in sequence, and use computer technology. They could write sentences
describing each picture and then record the sentences to disk.
What better way to teach state-of-the-art dinosaur knowledge than
involving the kids in state-of-the-art technology?
The drawings would have to be line-drawings rather than fully-textured
renderings, since most of the children would be using basic painting
tools to start with.
I'd be happy (as an educator) to collaborate with artists on a project
like this. I'm a mediocre artist myself, and I've developed some
curriculum stuff for my school system. (Someday I might be brave or
reckless enough to have some of the experts look it over for critical
I keep hoping the Dinosaur Society will sponsor something like this.
----- Amado Narvaez