Aaron Knochel

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Aaron is finishing his dissertation research at Ohio State University in Art Education. In his career as both an artist and teacher, he has explored the use of innovative technology in creative practices from classrooms to museum contexts. His current research develops connections between visual culture studies and actor-network theory. In the fall 2011, Aaron will start his position as an Assistant Professor of Art Education at SUNY New Paltz.


Blogs (4)


Students: Panic Over Online Privacy, Identity is Overblown

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

facebook homepage reflected in sunglasses Blogger Chris Sinclair attends the University of California, Irvine, and brings a youth perspective to DMLcentral. Going on the Internet and reading blogs these days I feel like all I see are warnings about the evils of online networking, fleshing out a plethora of controversies involving social media sites. I find many of these articles boring and somewhat repetitive in their chastisement of Facebook and other sites and the Internet in general for suddenly making all of our “private” information “available.” How is this information “private” if a person has willingly made it public to a


Reanimating education: ideas, questions, inspirations

Friday, May 28, 2010

empty rundown classroom Editor’s note: We asked student blogger Chris Sinclair to examine all the discourse, content, and conversation in and around the recent TEDxNYED event on education reform, curate it, and comment on it from a student’s perspective. If I had to identify the most consistent narrative around this event, it would be the constraints of the contemporary, lecture-centered classroom environment and how it rewards those who excel at standardized testing, not those interested in actual learning. The speakers questioned the long-standing dynamic between lecturer and student, and suggested that the era of blind memorization of facts is


A Digital Native Reflects on the Concept

Thursday, April 29, 2010

teens sitting on stairs texting during school There is an assumption that digital natives are naturally predisposed to understanding how to use computers and technology, just because we grew up with the Internet, texting, and emailing. I’m 21 years old, I am a so-called digital native, but my experience has been that the concept of digital literacy is far more meaningful than the concept of digital native – and it has little to do with age or any broad generational differences. Yes, most of my college-age friends know how to operate a computer and navigate online. But they come to me if they


Reinterpreting the Digital Divide

Thursday, December 10, 2009

art piece of black students learning making digital divide: the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all. The digital divide is understood to be the gap between those who use and are familiar with computers and technology and those who aren’t. I’m 17, African-American, live in a considerably urban neighborhood in Chicago, and would seemingly contradict many of the statistics about race and ethnicity and their relationship to the digital divide. I have broadband internet, I use it frequently, I know my way around the computer, and I like