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Visual Education and The Internet Camp: A Study of Underprivileged Children and Their Web Pages
Unformatted Document Text:  20 the child’s approach to creating his or her web page. The shapes and colors used as well as the other primitivistic style elements evident in the children’s web pages showed a functional component at work. The web pages represent a negotiated visual space between the child and the tools of Internet web page design. The web pages illustrate the use of fundamental color, shape, and line. Their designs show the beauty of the essentially unadorned and practical aspects of functional design in terms of a computer-based medium. There is much more to the meaning and design of the children’s web pages than can be covered in a single research report. For the purposes of understanding the aesthetic nature of the web pages as products of an educational visual literacy program this study glimpses the possibilities and the complexity of the children’s messages; who they are, who they were, and who they might become. Conclusions Dondis (1973) tells us that, “seeing a process is sometimes enough to be able to understand how it functions” (p. 14). Because it demonstrated to the children how to create a web page using basic web page-making tools, the Internet Camp met this goal. Beyond this, the Internet Camp helps us, as researchers, understand the larger implications of the children’s work. They were provided a voice on this powerful medium and the result was meaningful for the children because it gave them a sense that they could influence and manipulate something that, up until that point, was a mystery even if it was used regularly. Hopefully, some of them will carry their knowledge and experience to new situations. However, even if “the representational conventions of contemporary visual media are unlikely to shape the perceiver’s ‘worldview’”(Messaris, 1994a, p. 450) and even if there is scant

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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the child’s approach to creating his or her web page.
The shapes and colors used as well as the other primitivistic style elements evident in the
children’s web pages showed a functional component at work. The web pages represent a
negotiated visual space between the child and the tools of Internet web page design. The web
pages illustrate the use of fundamental color, shape, and line. Their designs show the beauty of
the essentially unadorned and practical aspects of functional design in terms of a computer-based
medium.
There is much more to the meaning and design of the children’s web pages than can be
covered in a single research report. For the purposes of understanding the aesthetic nature of the
web pages as products of an educational visual literacy program this study glimpses the
possibilities and the complexity of the children’s messages; who they are, who they were, and
who they might become.
Conclusions
Dondis (1973) tells us that, “seeing a process is sometimes enough to be able to
understand how it functions” (p. 14). Because it demonstrated to the children how to create a
web page using basic web page-making tools, the Internet Camp met this goal. Beyond this, the
Internet Camp helps us, as researchers, understand the larger implications of the children’s work.
They were provided a voice on this powerful medium and the result was meaningful for the
children because it gave them a sense that they could influence and manipulate something that,
up until that point, was a mystery even if it was used regularly.
Hopefully, some of them will carry their knowledge and experience to new situations.
However, even if “the representational conventions of contemporary visual media are unlikely
to shape the perceiver’s ‘worldview’”(Messaris, 1994a, p. 450) and even if there is scant


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