We are now keen to take the experiment to the next step. To do this we need a few peripherals. We have, for one thing, Penn's only residence-based weekly webzine (the Van Peltian) but literally no means of producing and then scanning images in the House! We want in general to conceive of learning as created in and by "loft space"--both as an educational metaphor (the studio concept replacing or adding to the classroom concept) and as a physical actuality.
We have gone to great lengths to set aside a room--VPCH 107--as a work-space, an office space (it had been a residential single). This room is now intended for use by the Sandbox Committee activists (and others), and so we have what most at Penn lack: the physical space in which to promote student-based innovation. Now we need a few not-very-expensive items, presented below, ranked in order of priority.
- 2 600 dpi color scanners
- hand-held MAC digital camera & appropriate software
- a new Windows/PC machine (at the moment we have a hand-me-down Dell, given to use by APR, which works about 1 time out of every 10 attempts)
- a 21" monitor for an already existing machine in the House
- Adobe Photoshop 3.0 w/ KAI's Power Tool Extension
- an LCD panel and overhead projector (for the purpose, of course, of teaching groups by throwing computer-screen image on a wall)
- speakers, sound-card and software